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Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Open Textbooks @ VWCC

Do you want to know how textbook and learning materials costs are affecting students here at Virginia Western Community College? Watch to find out and see how we can lower those costs for our students and lower barriers to academic success and achievement.




What is Course Material Affordability?

What is Course Material Affordability? 

The idea that reducing the cost of learning materials in your classes can lower barriers to students access and increase success.

Why use Affordable Course Materials?

They can deliver two great benefits for students:

1.Lower cost in obtaining the educational resources needed to succeed in school, thus removing what can be an impediment to success.

2.Access to a universe of high-quality, updated content that can be tailored minute-by-minute by educators to reflect new developments and current events. (1)


• Zero Cost Materials - Open Textbooks, Open Articles, Links to websites, Library Materials, Open Homework Systems

• Open Educational Resources  (OER) - Open Textbooks, Open Articles, Open Homework Systems

• LT40 - Reduced cost textbooks and homework systems available from many commercial providers

How do I find them?

Keep reading or contact Dale Dulaney, 857-7438.




Report Card

Where is VWCC now in its use of OER/Low Cost/No Cost materials? Click on the link below to see our Spring 2017 report.



Would you like additional information or help?

Contact Dale Dulaney, Collections & OER Librarian,, 857-7438.


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Brown Library

3095 Colonial Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
Phone: 540.857.7303

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