This fall, Northern Virginia Community College will offer a series of 12 general education courses that do not require students to purchase textbooks or other course materials. These textbook-free classes will all be offered online through NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and will use free open educational resources (OER). The courses can be taken individually, or as a series to satisfy the requirements for the General Education Certificate. In lieu of traditional textbooks, all readings and materials used in the courses will be available to students free of charge online or through Blackboard – NOVA’s course management system. OER materials include teaching, learning, and research resources that are in the public domain or are released under a licensing agreement that permits their free use or repurposing by others. Read more about how ELI’s OER-Based General Education project will save NOVA students money in Community College Week.
Interested in these or other NOVA courses? Registration for Fall is now open!