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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Affordable course content describes any free, low-cost, or openly licensed educational resources that can serve as alternatives to high-cost resources. Affordable course content can include syllabi, course modules, textbooks, videos, tests, journal articles, assessment tools, and any other materials used to support learning. ‚Äč

Most affordable course content still retains traditional copyright licensing, including restrictions on how a resource can be used or shared.  The exception is open educational resources, which are free of cost and most copyright restrictions, allowing them to be freely used, edited, stored, and distributed.

Affordable Options

  • Adopt open or free content available through the VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal
  • Adopt open, free, or public domain content available on the internet.
  • Explore library databases to find course materials, including e-books, online video, images, data, articles, and more.
  • Place copies of textbooks and course materials on reserve in the library

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal

The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal is a free collection of copyrighted e-books and OER that is available to UMW faculty through the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). Simply search for a title, complete the course information form, and the item will be available through the Simpson Library.

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal



If you need the password to access all the faculty specific content, please contact us at: refdesk@umw.edu or viva@gmu.edu.