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Open and Affordable Community Forum

VIVA Open and Affordable Community Forum


Dear colleagues –


We’re pleased to announce that registration is now open for VIVA’s 2020 Open and Affordable Community Forum! Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Forum is now a virtual event, but will still be held on September 25th.  The theme for this year’s Forum is OER in Virginia: Creating a Caring Community. The planning committee is happy to share that this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Amy Collier (, a leading thinker in digital pedagogies and open and online learning.  Session highlights include Open and Affordable Course Marking in Virginia; Struggles and Success in the Creation of an Open United Nations Anti-Poverty Toolkit; Clearly You Can: Suddenly Open Resources; and a faculty panel on working with students to create an open community.


The Planning Committee is also pleased to note that this year, in addition to library staff, interested faculty and students from VIVA institutions are welcome to register for this event.


The full agenda and more information about the Open and Affordable Community Forum can be found here: .


Registration is available here:


We are looking forward to seeing you there.

VIVA Adopt Grants

VIVA Open Adopt Grants

VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the larger scale VIVA Open Course Grants.

Important Dates

The first round of VIVA Open Adopt Grants was announced on August 4, 2020. Applications are due October 19, 2020 via email at Notification of award recipients will take place by December 9, 2020. Funds will be disbursed at the beginning of the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Adopted course materials must be piloted in the classroom by fall, 2022.

Informational webinars are scheduled for the following dates. Advance registration at the provided link is required:

August 18, 2020, 10 am:

September 14, 2020, 2:00 pm:

October 5, 2020, 9:30 am:

Questions about all VIVA Open grants can be sent to

What Are Open Educational Resources?

  • Teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and made available without copyright or licensing restrictions that limit how they are used.
  • Include syllabi, course modules, textbooks, videos, tests, journal articles, and assessment tools to support learning. 
  • Originate from colleges, universities, libraries, government agencies, publishers, faculty or other individuals who develop and openly share their teaching resources.
  • Made available with the 5R permissions, which define the ways open content can be used:
  1. Retain: Make, own, and control copies of the content
  2. Reuse: Use the content in a variety of ways
  3. Revise: Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content
  4. Remix: Combine the original or revised content with other OER to create something new
  5. Redistribute: Share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others
  • Three ways to use OER: 
  1. Adopt existing resources without making changes
  2. Adapt existing resources by adding, removing, combining, or editing content
  3. Author new resources

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