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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.

CAL 2021 OER Conference

Save the date for the 2021 Cal OER Conference, held virtually on August 4 - 6. This event is free and open to everyone.

Cal OER will focus on OER efforts and impact, broadly defined, across the state of California and especially across the state’s three public higher education systems, the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California.

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.

Discipline Webinars – Each of our Discipline Webinars is intended to provide an overview of the available OER in the discipline, focusing on text-equivalents, when available. Hosted by OERI Discipline Leads, each webinar is also intended to provide a forum for discipline faculty to share their needs.

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