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Open Education: Grantees Showcase

A "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.

Michael Nappier - The Normal Canine Video Series. The Virtual Reality Dog (2016- ) and Cow (2019- )

Virtual Reality Dog 1.0 and Cow 0.1

Virtual reality brings dog's anatomy to life for veterinary students (news & video from October 2018) 

VR dog (2018) and cow (2019) anatomy models for Veterinary Medicine. A collaboration between the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Visual Arts, and University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Image dog skeleton and internal organs on laptop computer screen              Veterinary student uses virtual reality to explore virtual dog      

Normal Canine Video Series

Read more about the project and the grant funds that supported it here.


Steven Ellingson - Electromagnetics (2016- )

Electromagnetics, Volume 1 Beta and Volume 1 (CC BY SA 4.0) by Steven W. Ellingson  (author homepage) 

January 2018  |   August  2018  |  (forthcoming) January 2020

Cover of Electromagnetics Volume 1 beta (This title has been superseded)             Cover of Electromagnetics Volume 2

Electromagnetics Volume 1 (2018) by Steven W. Ellingson is a 225 page, freely available, peer-reviewed, full color, print and digital open educational resource. It is intended to serve as a primary textbook for a one-semester first course in undergraduate engineering electromagnetics within the third year of a bachelor of science degree program.
The book is the work of Steven W. Ellingson, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, in collaboration with the Scholarly Communication office of Virginia Tech’s University Libraries and VT Publishing. As collaborators with Ellingson, the University Libraries provided grant funding, overall project management, guidance on open licensing, attribution, student works, formats and styles, managed development and production processes, coordinated peer review, reviewed manuscripts (editorial and technical), provided technical specifications, and navigated print and distribution solutions. Published: August 2018
  • Volume 1: ISBN 978-0-9979201-8-5 (print)
  • Volume 1: ISBN 978-0-9979201-9-2 (PDF

Electromagnetics, Volume 2 (Forthcoming, January 2020) by Steven W. Ellingson is a ~230-page, peer-reviewed open educational resource intended for electrical engineering students in the third year of a bachelor of science degree program. It is intended to follow Electromagnetics Vol 1 as the primary textbook for the second-semester of a two-semester undergraduate engineering electromagnetics sequence. The book addresses magnetic force and the Biot-Savart law; fields in complex and lossy media; AC current flow and skin depth; reflection and transmission at planar boundaries; fields in parallel plate, parallel wire, and microstrip transmission lines; optical fiber; radiation from current distributions, and antennas.

  • Volume 2: ISBN 978-1-949373-91-2 (print)
  • Volume 2: ISBN 978-1-949373-92-9 (PDF)

Print on demand: beta version | Volume 1 | Volume 2

Cover credits: Robert Browder | Cover image: (c) Michelle Yost. Total Internal Reflection is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license (cropped by Robert Browder)


Stephen Skripak - Fundamentals of Business (2015-16) and 2018

Fundamentals of Business, 2nd edition (2018)  was released in August 2018. It features multiple formats: PDF, Pressbooks, html, ePub (mobile), Mobi (Kindle), Print on Demand, and XML and ODF formats on request.  Instructors reviewing, selecting, or adapting the text are encouraged to register their use here. Visit this page for more information and links to the various formats. 

2018 & 2019 GRANTEES

Introduction to Biological Systems Engineering (open textbook - forthcoming Spring 2020)

by Nicholas M. Holden, Mary Leigh Wolfe, Jactone A. Ogejo, Enda J. Cummins

The discipline of Biosystems Engineering emerged in the 1990s from the traditional strongholds of agricultural engineering and food engineering. Biosystems engineering integrates engineering science and design with applied biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. This book is targeted at 1st and 2nd year university-level students with an interest in biosystems engineering but who are not yet familiar with the breadth and depth of the subject. It is designed as a coherent educational resource, also available for download as individual digital chapters. The book can be used as a localized, customizable text for introductory courses in Biosystems Engineering globally. It is written as a series of stand-alone chapters organized under six major topics: Food and Bioprocessing; Environment; Buildings and Infrastructure; Information and Communications Technology and Data; Machinery Systems; and Energy. Each chapter is organized around stated learning outcomes and describes key concepts, applications of the concepts, and worked examples.

Elements of Linear Algebra (open textbook - forthcoming August 2020)

by Jason Wilson, Mathematics

The textbook is a proof-based introduction to the core topics of linear algebra including abstract vector spaces and linear maps, diagonalizable operators, and inner product spaces with applications including the singular value decomposition (SVD). The textbook is meant as a second course in linear algebra for students who have completed a first course in linear algebra as well as an introduction to proofs course.

Voices of Virginia History Project (digital audio history collection - forthcoming Summer 2020)

by Jessica Taylor, History

The Voices of Virginia History Project pilot is designed to curate a collection a freely-available, open-access collection of selected Virginia-specific oral history recordings and derived transcripts about Virginia history from 1865 relevant to History and Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools (2015). It is a free online resource oriented toward High School and College-level users.