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Open Educational Resources (OER): A Guide for Faculty: Professional Development and Funding Opportunities

This guide will provide information about OER and how you can use them in your courses.

OER Desk Copies

Would you like a desk copy of your OER textbook? The library can help! We can buy a desk copy of most OER for you and a copy for the library reserve as well. Contact Lori Cassidy at with your request. This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Library. 

Library Ebooks

The OCC Library now has a program where we can buy an ebook version of your textbook (if available) and give students access for free. Unfortunately, we are very restricted in what we can buy – most Pearson/Cengage/etc. titles will not be eligible. However, many books that are assigned to classes that are not traditional format textbooks can be bought! For a full list of what we currently have, visit our free textbook list for OCC: If you would like your textbook to be checked for eligibility, email Lori Cassidy at This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

OER Adoption Online Course

ASCCC OER Webinars

The state-wide academic senate is hosting weekly webinars on OER for various disciplines. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the ASCCC website.     

Open Forum
April 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM | 
Register Here
Questions? Ideas? Join us in this Open Forum where you direct the conversation.

Thursday, May 7, 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Unintended Consequences and Opportunities: You, OER, and the Future Or How I Overcame My Commercial Text Addiction

A global pandemic leading to social distancing and the cessation of in-person instruction has far-reaching consequences and creates a wide range of opportunities. What has the effect been on OER and the role of OER in education? What should it be?

Register for Unintended Consequences and Opportunities


Thursday, May 14, 1:00PM – 2:00PM

How to Spark and Sustain an OER Movement

How do you create interest in OER at your college? Join this session for an overview of approaches to developing - and sustaining - an OER-adopting culture.

Register for How to Spark and Sustain an OER Movement


Thursday, May 21, 1:00PM – 2:00PM

UDL 101

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Join us for an overview of UDL principles and how UDL can positively impact teaching and learning.

Register for UDL 101

More information about each webinar can be found here.

OERI Opportunities

The OERI is currently seeking faculty to serve in a variety of roles. This application process will create a pool of faculty from which we will select reviewers for newly developed resources, so we have a true need for a faculty from a broad array of disciplines - including those who may or may not have experience with OER.

The ASCCC OERI Application will be available for the foreseeable future. Interested faculty will need to complete BOTH the OERI application and the ASCCC Faculty Application for Statewide Service.

The OERI Application is also available via The ASCCC Application is also available via