Registration is open for SCHEV's first Spotlight session of 2023. Join us on Thursday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. for a live Zoom conversation about critical thinking with representatives from Reynolds Community College, Richard Bland College, and UVA's College at Wise.
Each institution is preparing a brief video explaining their approach to teaching and assessing critical thinking. The videos will be added to SCHEV's Student Learning Assessment webpage at least a week in advance. The Zoom session will assume everyone has watched the videos so that we can have a deeper discussion about successes, challenges, and lessons learned. All attendees are encouraged to come with questions, comments, and insights to make the discussion a rich learning experience for everyone. The Zoom conversation will not be recorded.
Please share this information with other faculty and staff who may be interested. All are welcome!
VIVA has started a three-year read and publish agreement with the International Water Association (IWA) that will allow corresponding authors at all VIVA institutions to publish open access articles in IWA journals and expand reading access for this content as well. Corresponding authors at VIVA institutions will be able to publish journal articles open access at no cost from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2025 in the following journals:
Subscribe to Open Titles
All VIVA institutions will also have read access to over 42,000 research articles, 78% of which are unavailable to non-participating institutions, in the following journals:
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2023.
AUTHOR RESOURCES: Author resources for publishing OA are available here: https://iwaponline.com/pages/Instructions_for_authors. IWA identifies authors by adding the institution email domain to their Right Management system Chronushub, and VIVA has provided a list of email domains. If you would like to check what we have for you, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no requirement for any additional administration on the part of the institution or researcher.
Open Access/Editorial: Emma Buckingham, email@example.com
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Civic Learning and Democracy Engagement (CLDE) Coalition -- of which SCHEV is a member -- is organizing a year-long series of planning and action forums on civic learning in higher education. Registration is now open. This is virtual and free to all registered participants.
Bridging the Divides, Including All Students: Diversity, Equity, and High-Impact Civic Learning Pathways
Please consider attending individually or, even better, as part of a team of faculty/staff, students, community partners, and others who contribute to this work at/with your institution. The agenda includes sessions appropriate for assessment professionals, academic and career advisers, DEI educators, and more.
Why should you take part?
These forums are designed to help institutions and policy partners create action plans that connect college civic learning with closely related policy priorities, including diversity/equity/inclusion; student success; high-impact practices; and problem-solving in “real-world” settings. Many state systems, including SCHEV, are partnering with the Coalition, to make inclusive and high quality civic learning in college a widely shared priority. Through these forums, we can talk together about how state systems can assist campus-level work – and pitfalls to avoid. The forums explore ways to prepare students as capable change-makers, both within our diverse democracy and in working on public issues in the career fields they choose. The forums also will present new research evidence showing how students gain from active civic learning—benefits that include increased completion as well as increased belonging and sense of social responsibility.
VIVA is pleased to announce the new round of VIVA Open Course Grants! For the first time, grants will be awarded in four categories, one of a number of exciting changes (detailed below) to the VIVA Open Grant programs. Those categories include:
Each grant category has its own budget guidelines and timeline to completion. In addition to these changes, beginning in spring of 2023, VIVA can support the publication work for content creation projects, including providing copyediting, book design, platform, and illustration services for awarded projects. More information about VIVA Open Course Grants can be found at https://vivalib.org/va/open/grants/course.
Applications for VIVA Open Course Grants are due March 6, 2023, and are available on the VIVA website here: https://vivalib.org/va/open/grants/application.
Changes to the VIVA Open Grant Program, the result of generous funding from SCHEV and the Virginia General Assembly, expand grant opportunities and associated publication services. In addition to the VIVA Open Course Grants, there are three additional grant types that VIVA can now support: VIVA Open Adopt Grants, VIVA Open Grants for Libraries (launching next fiscal year) and VIVA Open Publishing Projects. Taken together, the expanded scope of the VIVA Open Grants will extend the reach of open and affordable course content in Virginia, support faculty in their efforts to provide open and no-cost resources to their students, and directly contribute to leveling the academic playing field for Virginia students by providing high-quality no-cost curricular resources. More information about the changes to the program can be found at https://vivalib.org/va/open/grants.
To learn more about the changes to the VIVA Open Grant program and to get a detailed look at the application process for Open Course Grants, please register and join VIVA for a webinar at one of the following times:
As always, questions are welcome at email@example.com.
VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, is offering $2,000 - $30,000 grant awards to adopt, adapt, or create open, library, or no cost resources and pilot them in a course by spring, 2025. Faculty members at any VIVA institution, full or part-time, may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed. Multi-institutional teams are particularly encouraged.
Recently, LTC Karen Bliss in Applied Mathematics was awarded $12,000 to create an Interactive Differential Equations Text with an Emphasis on Modeling Applications!
More information, including the full Request for Proposals and application instructions are available at https://vivalib.org/va/open/grants/course. A list of past grant recipients can also be found on that page. Webinars will be held at the following times, and will include a general introduction to the grants, the application process, and a Q&A:
Effective January 1, 2022:
VIVA and Wiley have partnered to develop an expansion of the previous read and publish agreement that was in place through much of 2020 but which needed to be discontinued due to the pandemic. Corresponding authors at the participating institutions will be able to publish journal articles at no fee from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024, so long as annual central funds are available. In 2022, funds are expected to cover around 70% of total publication, in 2023 80%, and in 2024 90%. Authors with research grant funding will be expected to use that funding so that the central funds go further, but they will also be eligible for the VIVA APC discount. A special allocation process will ensure that ALL publication in fully gold open access journals is prioritized and funded, with the remainder going toward hybrid open access publishing. Contact Liz Kocevar-Weidinger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
VIVA and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have partnered to develop a new, consortial read and publish agreement that is related to but not specifically derived from their ACM OPEN model. Corresponding authors at the participating institutions will be able to publish articles (ACM journals) at no fee (the agreement does not include books or book chapters) beginning October 1, 2021, and the agreement runs through December 2024. Authors will be able to retain the copyright in their articles and can select to publish using a Creative Commons license.
The full agreement has been posted on the contracts page (https://vivalib.org/va/collections/contracts); if you are in the VIVA community and need the password, please write to email@example.com.
INSTITUTIONS AFFECTED: All public institutions, as well as the participating private institutions (Hampton, Liberty, Marymount, Regent, U of Richmond, and Washington and Lee).
VIVA is pleased to announce a new round of VIVA Open Adopt Grants opening today, with a deadline of October 4, 2021. VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators. Though united in purpose with VIVA’s Open Course Grant program, VIVA Open Adopt Grants have a simplified application process, a pre-determined award amount, and will be awarded to individual faculty members hoping to adopt an already existing resource. Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the next round of the larger scale VIVA Open Course grants. The VIVA Open Adopt Grant RFP and application can be found on the VIVA website. Applications are due October 4, 2021.
An Informational webinar will be held on the date below. Registration is required. More information is available on VIVA’s website.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.