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OER Adoption Award Recipients

Jeanne Liedtka, JD, and Valentina DeNardis, PhD, are the Fall 2021 OER Adoption Grant recipients.  This pilot grant, generously funded by the Associate Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, is designed to encourage faculty to select free, openly licensed textbooks as primary teaching materials.  Open educational resources (OER) improve affordability and support flexible, open teaching practices, and accessibility, which have been exposed at critically important for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications for the Spring 2022 OER Adoption Grant are open until October 30, 2021.

Liedtka will teach BL 2185, The Law of Contracts and Sales with Introduction to Contracts, Sales and Product Liability by Mayer, Warner, Siedel & Lieberman supplemented by her lecture notes.  No stranger to teaching with OER, Liedtka had previously transitioned BL 2149, Intellectual Property Law for Business, to using a free, open access textbook.

DeNardis will teach Latin 3001, Reading in Authors using Dickenson College Commentaries, OVID,  Amores Book I, Poetry in Translation as well as scholarly articles. DeNardis, a leader in adopting digital materials, will use this as a model for  Greek and Latin literature classes.

Together these two classes will save students over $10,000 in the first year.

Valentina DeNardis, PhD

Jeanne Liedtka, JD

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Open Educational Resources At Villanova: Upcoming Events

Interested in learning more about Open Educational Resources (OER)? Be sure to check out three upcoming virtual events sponsored by the Affordable Materials Project and Falvey Memorial Library.

Best Practices for Course Materials Adoption Workshop

Monday, March 15, at 4 p.m.

Faculty are invited to join Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, Falvey Memorial Library, and Bernadette Mania, Course Materials Manager, Villanova University Bookstore, for a virtual workshop on selecting course materials. Get answers to your questions about course packs, copyright, and e-reserves. Learn about the effort to provide electronic copies of course texts as well as resources to help lessen the financial burden of textbooks/course materials on students without sacrificing quality. 

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Faculty OER Adoption Award Forum

Thursday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

Join us in celebrating five faculty members awarded OER Faculty Adoption Grants for 2020-21 in a virtual forum. Faculty will share their insights into the benefits and challenges posed by redesigning their courses using free, openly licensed textbooks. Students will share feedback on using OER. This event is perfect for faculty considering or curious about OER and everyone interested in educational affordability, accessibility, and inclusivity.

 Please REGISTER at the following link:

Course Materials Assistance Programs at Villanova Workshop

Wednesday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m.

Existing and emerging financial limitations, COVID-19, and the pivot to online learning has exposed challenges that many students face securing the course materials they need to succeed. This workshop is for faculty and academic support staff to learn about strategies and resources available across the university to reference whenever a student discloses being in need of course materials. The workshop will run for approximately 30 minutes with time for Q&A afterwards.

Please REGISTER at the following link:


Questions? Contact Linda Hauck, Business Librarian. For more information about the Affordable Materials Project, please visit:



Last Modified: March 12, 2021