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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.

Funding Available


We have some funding left for professors wanting to change at least one textbook to OER for Spring 2020. Faculty can get up to $1000 (20 hours at the non-instructional rate) towards the time that they spend finding OER and curating their class materials. Since funds are limited, any requests for funding would need to be submitted by Jan. 30, 2020. All requests must be pre-approved by the OER Grant Project Coordinator, Lori Cassidy, to be eligible.

  • Your class does not have to be zero cost textbook, but you do have to replace at least one paid textbook with existing OER or library materials. I can’t pay you to write your own course materials.
  • You will need to submit a time and effort document and the name of your OER course materials to get the stipend.
  • OER books should be listed with the college bookstore.
  • Classes must be taught in Spring 2020.
  • Funding is per faculty, per course. For example, if you teach HIST 100 and HIST 102, and convert both classes to OER textbooks, you could potentially get the $1000 stipend for both classes. If you teach HIST 100 only, but teach multiple sections, you would be eligible for one stipend.

Please contact Lori Cassidy for more information or to confirm that you would like to take part. Because stipends and time are limited, priority will be given to those who are committed to OER adoption within the timeframe. All requests will be considered and responded to.

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.

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.     


November 21, 2019 – 1 pm to 2 pm | Register Now 

Open Forum

Each month we will reserve one webinar to be an “open forum”. We’ll be prepared to discuss the latest hot topics from our vantage point and ready and willing to hear - and discuss - what’s on your mind.

December 5, 2019 – 1 pm to 2 pm | Register Now

The OERI 2020 RFP

Join us for a discussion of the request for proposals that is due at 5:00 pm on December 16. We’ll share the guidance we have been providing to those seeking clarification about aspects of the proposal and the process.  

December 12, 2019 – 1 pm to 2 pm | Register Now

OERI Funded Projects Showcase

What new OER resources will be made available early in 2020 as a result of the OERI’s 1st round of funded proposals? This showcase will provide attendees with a preview of the resources soon to be made available.

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

OER Adoption Online Course