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Open Educational Resources at CCC

How and where to find OER materials and related information.

HOW DO I ADOPT OPEN TEXTBOOKS? HOW DO I CREATE MY OWN?

Click on the Infographic for a visual take on the process of adopting open textbooks in your class. As you read through, mentally replace the NMC library with CCC and the the EMT with CCC DSP office.
From Northwestern Michigan College, “Are you ready to free the textbook?” by Michele Howard and Ryan Bernstein, CC BY 4.0

 

infographic open textbook adoption process

The steps below are taken from Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCC OER) 5 Steps to OER Adoption.

 
  1. FIND OPEN BOOKS. Check out the Find OER page of this guide.
  2. REVIEW AND EVALUATE THE TEXTBOOKS. Check out this short and easy-to-use Guide for Evaluating OER
  3. KEEP OER AS IS OR MODIFY IT. Check out useful instructions about Adaptation vs Adoption. Check out the Licensing & Copyright page of this guide.
  4. GET CURRICULUM OR DEPARTMENT APPROVAL (as needed)
  5. DELIVER OER TO YOUR STUDENTS. You have multiple options: provide a link to the online book and let students choose which format they prefer; upload the book file directly on Canvas; ask your campus bookstore to make low-cost print copies available to your students as many open textbooks allow this option. 

RESOURCES

Accessibility and Universal Design:  List of principles and resources from the ASCCC OERI.

Faculty OER Toolkit, BC Campus: In-depth guide to the process of adopting/adapting OER. 

Creating and Modifying Open Educational Resources, Affordable Learning Georgia: Step-by-step tutorial, including licensing, accessibility, and more.

How to Use Open Educational Resources, OpenWashington: A 10-module self-paced workshop; Module 9 is all about accessibility.

The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far), Rebus Community: A must read if you're considering publishing your own textbook or OER material.

Accessibility Toolkit - 2nd Edition, BC Campus: If you want to publish your own OER, you need to create an accessible one.

HOW DO I EVALUATE OER?

As faculty, you assess textbooks against a set of criteria that reflects your experience and knowledge of student needs. You do the same with Open Textbooks, but there are a few additional considerations.

    * Content
          o Accuracy of material
          o Richness
          o Depth
          o Breadth
          o Timeliness
          o Cultural context
    * Presentation
          o Writing quality and tone
          o Reading level
          o Organization
          o Visual presentation
          o Hierarchy of information
          o Collateral materials

Additional Criteria

    * Accessibility online
          o Are the web pages for the textbook accessible?
    * Production options
          o Is the book available in more than one format? Printed? Bound? PDF?
    * Platform compatibility
          o Is the textbook viewable and usable on both MAC's and PC's?
    * Delivery options
          o Is a bound copy available at a very low price? Will your bookstore be able to carry the printed version?
    * Interactivity
          o If the online version includes interactive software or multi-media files, are they accessible and cross platform?
    * Consistency between online and printed presentation

          o Are the online and printed versions comparable in organization and basic appearance?

          o Will you be able to identify locations in either with minimal confusion for students?

    * Collateral material
          o If there are test banks, interactives or other enrichment materials, are they in a format you can use?
          o Accessible?
          o Free or very inexpensive?

This Evaluation Rubric, hosted on the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne Library OER Guide, is a useful synthesis of Achieve 8 Rubrics for Evaluating OER.

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