VIVA seeks faculty to serve as OER reviewers: $250 stipend
One of the goals of VIVA (Virginia’s academic library consortium, is to investigate and support open models of education that increase access and affordability to high-quality educational resources for Virginia students. A new platform, VIVA Open (, has been developed as a one-stop Open Educational Resources (OER) portal for faculty at higher education institutions in Virginia. Course materials found in this repository are available for faculty to assign and for students to access for free.

Complementary to this platform is VIVA’s Course Mapping Project, which will locate and review high-quality OER for high enrollment courses, improving the chances that instructors will find free course materials that will be effective in their classrooms. During the pilot phase of the Course Mapping Project, we are focusing on finding and highlighting OER for Transfer Virginia Courses, many of which have similar objectives to popular general education courses across the state.

In order to ensure the materials are relevant, VIVA is seeking subject experts to serve as OER reviewers. The OERs needing review have been identified as relevant to VCCS transfer courses and subject experts would review the materials against Transfer Virginia templates and syllabi using the Achieve OER Rubrics ( built into VIVA Open. Many of the transfer courses are similar to high enrollment courses at Virginia's 4-year institutions, and we expect to align OER with these courses once the pilot is completed.

Participating faculty will be provided with a $250 honorarium to participate at the virtual sprint event.

To learn more about this project, please visit: and/or e-mail We invite interested faculty to fill out the form below.
E-mail address (if possible, please provide institutional e-mail address): *
First and Last Name: *
Institutional affiliation: *
Job title: *
Department: *
What is your level of familiarity with open educational resources (OER)? *
I am familiar with the concepts.
I have created OER.
Please select all the dates you are available to attend the online sprint, which will be a synchronous event hosted through Zoom: *
Do you know a colleague who may be interested in participating in this effort? Please include their name and email below. You may also advise them to contact
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