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