Old Dominion University, Center for Learning and Teaching

Canvas Commons: Find and Incorporate Open/Affordable Course Materials into Canvas

May 17, 2022 09:25 AM - 10:25 AM

Presented by: Karen Vaughan,  

Sixteen percent of ODU students completing a Virginia-wide survey say they are extremely worried about meeting course material costs, and 31% are moderately worried. Twenty-two percent say they frequently do not purchase the required textbooks, occasionally resulting in dropping a course or earning a poor grade. Having affordable or free course materials was “very important” to 60% of the respondents. This presentation will discuss Canvas Commons and ways to provide Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Content that can save your students money and contribute to their success. 


Online Only


  • Define open educational resources and affordable course content
  • Find open and affordable course materials in Canvas Commons and elsewhere
  • Place course materials in Canvas

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About the Presenter

Karen Vaughan

Karen Vaughan is the Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing at the ODU Libraries and manages ODU Digital Commons, our institutional repository. She conducts workshops and consultations on research impact & metrics, copyright & author rights, open textbooks, and other scholarly communication issues. She and Brian Payne co-chair the campus OER Committee. Karen has been with the Libraries since 1988 and has an MA in English and a Master's in Library and Information Science.