Purpose: The Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Adoption Grant is designed to encourage faculty to select free, openly licensed textbooks as primary course materials. The rising cost of commercial textbooks negatively impacts student success as some delay or forego purchasing or renting course materials. The adoption of OER is a strategy for lowering the overall cost of course materials, and ensures continuous student access to the required textbook from day one of the course.

OER Definition: OER suitable for adoption should be freely available for students to use at any time, be licensed with a Creative Commons license and meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Subject librarians are available to assist with searching for OER.

Successful applicants do not need to forego all commercially published content, equipment or ancillary materials. Applications for courses that are best taught using software, equipment or secondary, commercially published content with an estimated cost less than $50 per student will be considered.

Funding Source: This pilot grant is funded by the Associate Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning and is administered by Falvey Memorial Library. The award is an extension of Affordable Materials Project (AMP) initiatives to educate faculty and students about the cost barriers students face and means to overcome them.


Tenured, tenure track and continuing non-tenure track faculty with a minimum of two years of service are eligible to apply. Faculty teaching the same course may form a team to apply as long as one applicant is tenured, tenure track or continuing non-tenure track with al least 2 years of services.


This pilot will award up to five grants in the amount of $1000 for the 2020-21 academic year. To receive the grant, faculty must revise syllabi, lesson plans, assignments and assessments as needed to adopt an OER textbook as the primary learning material for a new or existing course that he or she expects to teach in the 2020-21 academic year. The total estimated cost of course materials may not exceed $50 per student.

The grant recipients are expected to agree to have their adoption profiled on the AMP website, assess student satisfaction or outcomes using the OER textbook and share their experience about adopting OER with the Villanova community via a presentation, panel or article. Awardees are encouraged, but not required, to attend workshops organized by the library and designed to support the use and adaption of OER.

Grant recipients must report the OER adopted to the University Store.


The panel of reviewers will consist of faculty representation from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova School of Business, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, College of Engineering and College of Professional Studies, the University Librarian and Directory of Falvey Memorial Library and a representative of the Affordable Materials Project (AMP).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all grants are awarded.


Panel of Reviewers 2020-21

OER Adoption Application