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Open Educational Resources (OER) at Berkeley City College

The BCC Library is assisting faculty in the adoption of OER textbooks and other teaching materials

2020 - 2021 OER Events at BCC

Dec 11, 2020 - OER Mini-grants For Faculty

BCC has a grant to support faculty in finding, adopting, and adapting open educational resources (OER) for their classes. Grants  range from $300-$5,000 and are designed to assist faculty in learning about OER in their disciplines, adopting OER  textbooks, or designing OER materials for their courses.

Applicants don’t need prior knowledge of OER, just a interest in OER and reducing students' textbook costs. Grant work takes place over winter break and through spring and summer semesters. In addition to the stipend, faculty will receive guidance and support from OER-trained librarians. 

Applications are due December 14th with rolling applications after that based on fund availability. Notifications on acceptance will be sent out on December 18th

Berkely City College & Peralta Colleges Join the Open Textbook Network (OTN)

BCC Logo            OER Logo for Open Educational Resources          OTN member logo - Open Textbook Network

What is OER?

A great working definition of OER can be found on the Hewlett Foundation website. This foundation has been instrumental in the development of today's OER movement. The Hewlett Foundation defines OER simply:

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by other. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming video, texts, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

The 5 R's of OER

There are five widely accepted notions about the culture of Open Educational Resources. These are:

  • Retain:  Make, own, and control your own copy of content
  • Reuse:  Use the content as-is
  • Revise:  Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content
  • Remix:  Combine the original or revised content with other OER to create something new
  • Redistribute:  Share your copies of the original content, revisions or remixes with others.

5R Definition adapted from David Wiley under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license

OER Workflow at BCC: How You Can Integrate OER into Your Classes

OER workflow at Berkeley City College