Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium (VIVA) has awarded one of eight VIVA Open Course Grants to Virginia Tech to create a free and one-of-a-kind manual, “Holistic Green Real Estate Management”. This is the fourth grant Virginie Tech received through this program.
Project investigators Erin A. Hopkins, associate professor for clothing, housing and resource management, and Anita Walz, University LibrariesThe Deputy Director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, will create a comprehensive open education resource on the topic of green property management. This manual is intended for undergraduate and graduate students in the upper division and will be adopted by Fall 2022 in the Property Management Operations course at Virginie Tech.
Applications for the highly competitive grant program are reviewed by subject matter experts, selected members of VIVA’s Open and Affordable Course Content Committee, and other nominated and selected individuals from VIVA institutions. Funded by the General Assembly and sponsored by the State Board of Higher Education of Virginia, this program gives teachers the time and resources they need to adopt, adapt, and create course content and textbooks. free and affordable higher education for Virginia students. .
The response to the grant program has been strong, with 31 applicants requesting funding of nearly $ 500,000. Virginie Tech will receive $ 9,801 of the $ 155,885 in combined grants awarded to the eight recipients. Taken together, all of the grants are expected to avoid substantial student costs of $ 1.9 million over the next five years. Students at 11 institutions in Virginia are expected to benefit from these grants, and many more will be able to adopt this work once projects are completed in the future.
“This grant is special because it helps support the development of an open textbook,” Hopkins said. “The book holistically focuses on green property management by incorporating the human and social elements of green building management as well as green buildings themselves.
“Green property management can dramatically reduce negative ecological externalities of the built environment while providing benefits to a variety of other stakeholders, including building users, landlords, investors, property management companies, vendors and the community. community, ”Hopkins said.
The book will include links between environmental issues and local economic disparities, accessibility for the built environment and building management, the role of buildings in creating greenhouse gas emissions, and ecological responsibilities of people. property managers.
In detailing the project, Hopkins said, “I am extremely fortunate to be in partnership with Anita Walz. His work in University Libraries makes a perfect collaboration, and I’m happy that she serves as the project manager. “
Walz noted that its main role is to define the objectives of each potential project, the desired outcomes and the development process in consultation with the faculty. She then coordinates the peer review of students and subject matter experts and oversees the revision, copyright / open license review, graphic design, accessibility and publication of the work freely. online in multiple formats.
To improve inclusiveness, the team plans to implement an accessibility plan that may include removing barriers caused by sound, video, font size and type, file format, and file systems. marking. This will ensure that the results of the project are accessible to as many student learners as possible.
“I’m excited to start,” said Walz, “and look forward to working with Erin Hopkins on this important project.”
Once Virginie Tech As students begin to use this freely available textbook, they will save approximately $ 80,000 to $ 120,000 in textbook costs over a five-year period. In addition, the general public and students beyond Virginie Tech will also have access to this manual and could benefit from free access to the material.
“The high costs of textbooks can prevent students from purchasing required course materials and may make them less likely to be successful in a college course,” Hopkins said. “By providing open educational resources, we help students succeed after graduation. Even when difficult financial situations arise, they still have access to the required materials at no cost. “
So far, four other universities, including two in Virginia, have expressed interest in adopting or revising “Holistic Green Real Estate Management”.
“I am passionate about sharing this information with students, our next generation leaders, to enable a more sustainable built environment in the future,” Hopkins said.
Written by Elise Monsour Puckett