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Open Educational Resources


What are Open Education 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.

What can you do?

  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

(Made available with the 5R permissions, which define the ways open content can be used)

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

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.

Though united in purpose with VIVA’s Open Course Grant program, VIVA Open Adopt Grants have a simplified application process, a pre-determined award amount, and will be awarded to individual faculty members hoping to adopt an already existing resource.  

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

The VIVA Open Adopt Grant RFP and application can be found on the VIVA website.   Applications are due October 4, 2021. 

Important Dates

  • Applications are due October 4, 2021 via email at
  • Notification of award recipients will take place by November 12, 2021.
  • Adopted course materials must be piloted in the classroom by spring, 2023.

Informational webinars (Advance registration required)

Questions about all VIVA Open grants can be sent to


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