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Open Educational Resources (OER): A Guide for Faculty: OER overview

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

AB798 Grant Opportunity

The AB798 grant is expiring soon! This grant offers faculty the opportunity to get funding for course curation when switching to an OER textbook. All classes must use the new OER resource for Intersession/Spring 2018 semester. Contact Lori Cassidy if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. Time is running out!

Z Degree Grant

OCC finished a grant funded by the State that provided $35,000 to plan a Z degree pathway. The intent of a Z degree is to create an opportunity for a student to get a degree or certificate without any textbook costs. We were recently awarded a new grant to pursue implementation of a ZTC Certificate of Achievement in Architectural Design 1. Please contact Lori Cassidy for more information about this program. 

SB1359

SB1359 requires all California Community Colleges to indicate on their online course schedule which classes use zero-cost textbooks by Jan. 2018. We are asking all faculty who have zero textbook costs associated with their classes to fill out this form. You can find more information on the California Legislature's website. Please contact Lori Cassidy for questions about this process.

AB798 - California College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015

The goal of College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798) is to save college students money by empowering professors and local campuses to adopt high quality, free and open educational resources for courses materials. 

What Are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free educational resources that are in the public domain or are licensed for use and repurposing by others. Under AB 798, they may also include library resources, as well as other resources that are free of cost and legally available to students. Such materials include:

  • textbooks
  • graphics and photos
  • videos and music
  • workbooks
  • articles
  • courseware 

Pros

  • Lowers cost of course materials for students
  • With adoption of an OER textbook, allows all students to start on their coursework at the same time
  • Allows faculty to remix textbook content to better suit their course content and pedagogy 

Cons

  • Some OER resources are not as high quality as resources from large publishers
  • It can be difficult to find suitable resources
  • Some OER resources are not kept up-to-date 

 

Further Reading:

List of College Adopters - OpenStax