Open Educational Resources are defined as "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others". (Hewlitt Foundation). Intellectual property licenses are created using Creative Commons (link below).
VIVA (our Virginia consortium) offers grants to empower Virginia faculty with the resources & time they need to redesign courses by swapping out textbooks and other expensive course materials for open, no cost, or library options. These materials may be adopted as is, adapted, or created from scratch.
In an effort to encourage faculty to consider Open Textbooks for their classroom, VIVA (our Virginia consortium) has teamed up with the Open Textbook Network to pay faculty for their time & evaluation. Stipends of $200 available for open textbook reviews. Contact Vickie at email@example.com for more information or to apply.
About VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal. The Portal contains over 200,000 titles from VIVA’s shared library collections, open access textbooks, and ebooks available for VIVA to purchase on behalf of public colleges and universities throughout the state. Once you have found a title you can use for your course, please let us know via the Adoption or Request Purchase links!
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Open Access is an alternative method to research publication, often with a focus on peer-reviewed materials. According to SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), "Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives."
Open Access is not just a method for publication but a set of principles that pushes for more equitable access to information. Because information can be expensive to access (as is the case for the content you can access through our subscription databases), a barrier is created for those that are lower income, which widens the information gap between those with and those without. Open access is intended to bridge that gap.
This symbol is the official symbol of the Open Access movement, so databases in our Databases A-Z list with this symbol indicate that the item is openly accessible.
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Starting January 1, 2020, if you choose to publish Open Access with Wiley Journals, VIVA will cover your fully Gold OA article publication charges.
Publishing your article open access will give you:
Wiley has a portfolio of over 100 peer reviewed, fully open access journals it its Open Access journal portfolio. All will ensure that your research is immediately and freely available online to read, download, and share.