VIVA: Open Textbook Network
Open Textbook Network (OTN) System Membership allows VIVA to train open education library leaders who will hold workshops for faculty across the state to support them in making greater use of openly available educational materials, including textbooks, which are free of cost to students.
By promoting the use and creation of high quality educational materials that are free for students to use, this initiative increases affordability in higher education, promotes student success, and empowers Virginia faculty to contribute to the growing field of open course materials.
Initial membership was approved by the VIVA Steering Committee in the spring of 2016, in an ongoing effort to strategically support open education and open access initiatives as a state. In the spring of 2017, the VIVA Steering Committee approved future support for faculty reviews through FY21.
The current VIVA OTN System and Campus Leaders can be found here.
At the 2016 start of the program two trainings were made available through VIVA’s system wide membership in OTN and included:
In 2017, an additional Campus Leader training was completed by VIVA's System Leaders, and in 2018 and 2019, OTN personnel provided Campus Leader trainings for VIVA.
An annual VIVA OTN Best Practices gathering was held in the fall for Campus and System Leaders to share best practices and tips for holding campus trainings through 2018, and in 2019 this became a broader Open & Affordable Course Content Forum.
All OTN System and Campus Leaders are automatically part of VIVA's closed OER listserv, designed to encourage discussion and provide learning opportunities around Open Educational Resources.
Efforts are made to ensure that selected leaders represent a wide distribution of VIVA institution types (doctoral, comprehensive, community college, private).