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Winter 2021 Changes to Library Services

Open Educational Resources: Overview

Faculty Workshop at Oakland Community College

$500 Stipend for Adopting Open Education Resources for Your Class

OCC FT Faculty!  Save money for your students by adopting free, openly-licensed digital and print text resources for your class. Earn a $500 one-time stipend for making this transition.  OER Consultant Tina Ulrich presented a  Zoom workshop on Thursday, September 17, 2020.  If you would like a recording of the presentation or more information, contact Judy Matteson or Ann Walaskay.

Faculty grant opportunities are open now for 2021!

Have questions?

Your campus librarians are ready to help, so please don't hesitate to contact us!

What are open educational resources?

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. They include a multitude of formats, including textbooks, full courses, modules, videos, labs, assignments, and assessments. (Source: EDUCAUSE)

What makes them "open"?

OER are licensed in such a way that enables adopters to utilize the 5 Rs:

  1. Retain a copy of the content
  2. Reuse the content in a range of ways
  3. Revise the content as needed
  4. Remix original or revised content with other material
  5. Redistribute the original, revisions, and remixes with others

Creative Commons licenses are often applied to OER to license these rights to adopters.

Savings at Oakland Community College

2139 students saved $215,517 by using low or no-cost course materials at OCC in Winter, Summer, and Fall 2020. 

StudentsCheck the Raider Store website information “Buying Textbooks” for notes to find out if your instructor is providing your course materials at low cost or free!  Thank your instructor if they are giving you this opportunity to save money! 

Want to adopt this guide?

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