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Fall 2021 Library Service Updates

Open Educational Resources: Overview

OER Conference Announcements

Save the DateThe 2021 Open Education Conference is Oct. 18-22, 2021.
OpenEd21 Early Registration deadline October 1st! Check out the #OpenEd21 program for the lineup of more than 200 live and pre-recorded sessions on a wide range of open education topics.  Register now or apply for  a scholarship to attend on Oct. 18-22.

Last August, the MI OER Summit was held online.  Recordings of the keynote and many sessions are now freely available on youtube.  This was the agenda last August.  Hope you will join us next time at the MI OER Summit 2022!

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 2021-2022!

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.

Fall 2021 OER Conversations

New Topics for Fall 2021!  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.

All Online via Zoom 12:00-12:45pm

Anthropology    Friday, October 22, 2021

Anatomy & Physiology   Friday, November 12, 2021

Political Science    Friday, December 3, 2021   

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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