Affordable Learning Solutions
Open Educational Resources (OER) are high quality, openly-licensed teaching, learning, and research resources that are available at no cost to students. They can be customized by faculty members to fit their teaching needs and are available in many formats.
Another alternative to commercial textbooks is the free use of library-licensed and owned resources.
For more information on affordable learning, visit our online guide.
Apply for a SCoer Faculty Award
Winners will attend a hands-on affordable learning workshop. After attending the workshop, winners will develop a syllabus resulting in a cost-free course. Creative use of open educational resources and library-licensed resources are encouraged.* If selected, you will be awarded a $500 grant and a certificate to thank you for your work.
Grants are open to UofSC Columbia faculty and are sponsored by the University Libraries and Student Government.
Applications for the 2020 SCoer Faculty Awards will open in Spring 2020.
*Please note that while syllabi will not be shared, if classroom resources are created during the course of this program they may be made openly available under an appropriate Creative Commons license.