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Summer 2021 Changes to Library Services

Open Educational Resources: Overview

OER Next Steps Workshop

OER Next Steps Workshop 

Friday, May 21, 2021
Presenter: Tina Ulrich, OER Consultant
OER Next Steps is designed for Faculty to learn the process of adapting or remixing Open Educational Resources. We will:

  • Review the basics of OERs
  • Learn how to effectively select OERs in line with course objectives.
  • Discover ancillary support materials
  • Share best practices

Sponsored by the OCC Foundation Provenzano Empowerment Fund and the Reduced Cost Materials Working Group.

Faculty Grants 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. 

Faculty grant opportunities are open now for 2021!

Michigan OER Summit

Save the DateAugust 11-12, 2021 for the 2021 Michigan OER Summit It will be offered virtually and FREE!  You are invited to join open education advocates and supporters for a day of networking, sharing and learning about the uses of open educational resources at their Michigan institutions.  Registration is now open!

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.

OER Conversations

Michigan Colleges Online sponsored OER Faculty Conversations

These conversations feature faculty who are currently using an open textbook or other free or low-cost materials in their courses. Open to all faculty from community colleges and four-year institutions who want to learn more about OER from their peers or are currently using OER and want to share their experience.

1/8/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Philosophy
1/15/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Sociology
1/22/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Public Speaking
1/29/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Composition
2/5/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Welding/Trades   
2/12/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Math Homework
2/19/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Biology 
2/26/21 OER Faculty Conversations - Developmental English 

Savings at Oakland Community College

3918 students saved $363,726 by using low or no-cost course materials at OCC in 2020 and 2021. 

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! 

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