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 Grant
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, library-licensed resources, and student-created content is 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 2019 SCoer Faculty Grants are now closed. Winners will be notified in early May.
*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.