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Open Educational Resources - A Guide for Faculty: OER Use at OCCC

This guide will provide information about OER, examples of OER currently in use at OCCC, and information for receiving assistance with implementing OER content in a course.

Professor Nelson

"I use OER in my Survey Lit courses. The textbooks are all available through a OER Textbook Library. I have found that the students tend to enjoy the digital textbook (in Lit they can get pretty hefty) and the fact that it’s free seems to get things off on the right foot. "

Jacob Nelson, Professor of English
Arts, English and Humanities

Professor Jones

"We felt compelled to help students with the cost of textbooks. Students can read and navigate through the book on their smart phone or computer and 78% of students have reported wanting this option. Since it is available online, students have access to the book the first day without problems or a need to wait on their financial aid. The text is available in a PDF format and can easily be added to our Moodle sections. It is a quality textbook with great graphics and it is written by history professors and has been vetted. For my Oklahoma History class, I do not require a textbook but utilize internet resources, mainly The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture."

Leslie Jones, Professor of History
Social Sciences

English Composition

Professor Passek

"I adopted the Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook called Technical Writing by Annemarie Hamlin and Chris Rubio in the Spring 2019 semester. The old textbook cost over $150.00 for a brand new print copy. Students now have a textbook that is free, adaptable to various electronic devices, printable as a book, and is accessible via hyperlinks in the Technical Writing course on Moodle. Any course content updates or new material added by the OER publisher is immediately accessible to students. Enrollment in Technical Writing has more doubled within the past year. I believe using an OER textbook contributed greatly to this growth."

Dana Passack, Professor of English
Arts, English, and Humanities

Professor Chandrasekhar

"The Success in College and Life Program at OCCC replaced the use of a textbook entirely with freely available content. There is a lot of well-researched materials on the internet relating to the topics covered in SCL, so that is what we have used so far in the course. The redesigned course was piloted in Summer 2018. Making this change has allowed possibilities for delivering course content in more dynamic formats than the traditional textbook. The course materials combine text with audio, video, and a variety of interactive content. Additionally, the elimination of a textbook has been cost effective, saving students up to $80.00 for the one-credit course. Both students and instructors alike have responded positively to the change and the new course material."

Chaya Chandrasekhar, Professor of Student Success
Arts, English and Humanities

Professor Thurston