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The BCC OER (College Textbook Affordability Act AB 798) project grant for 2017-2018 includes specific funding to task campus librarians to provide BCC campus faculty with detailed and extended assistance in identifying suitable OER candidate textbooks for possible adoption at BCC.
BCC librarians have developed a standardized comparison tool (a comparison matrix) that systematizes the comparison of an OER candidate textbook against a currently used commercial textbook that is assigned for use for a course at BCC. The matrix can also compare several candidate OER textbooks against one another.
Here's an example of the matrix. One of the currently used commercial textbooks ( a Cengage publication) is compared against an OER offering. This comparison table was developed for the Berkeley City College course
As a first step for faculty, BCC OER librarians may produce a table that lists and briefly compares several OER candidates s for an initial look. Here is an example matrix,
A more detailed comparison matrix such that the shown for BUS 5 can be created as a next step.
Numerous repositories of OER materials exist. The short list below is focused on repositories that best match community college students. These are also repositories that faculty and librarians at BCC have looked at the most closely. If you want a much wider look at the world of OER offerings, view the "Extended Listings" box below this one. The box on the right explains how BCC librarians can help you filter through these repositories to find potential candidate OER textbooks.
OER Repositories With Textbooks That Are Well Suited to Community College (Lower Division) Students
Notable Discipline Specific OER repositories
Below are High Quality OER Repositories With Textbooks Aimed at Students in 4 year Institutions and Beyond
The range and depth of OER materials is very broad. The links below will take you to LibGuides featuring extended lists of OER materials covering a wide range of disciplines and academic levels.
If you feel even a bit overwhelmed with the number of OER titles, contact a BCC OER librarian, we'll be happy to assist you.
Zero Cost Textbooks - ZCT (2018 - 2019)
BCC has set as its long-term goal the wide spread adoption by faculty of OER textbooks and other open educational resources. Until that goal is reached there are intermediate stages, such as the adoption of ancillary education objects i.e., question banks, videos, and teaching modules that through adoption will enhance student learning and reduce overall course costs to students.
The BCC Zero Cost Textbook Project is a new grant (2018 - 2019) that has as its aim encouraging the use of select books and other resources that, while not necessarily released under a Creative Commons share alike license as openly available, still eliminate the need for students to incur any costs related to textbooks, readings, and other ancillary learning objects.
Licensed Content from the Library's Subscription Accounts
Another approach is for faculty to use readings, media, and streaming media that is available through the BCC library's subscription databases. For example, the BCC library has streaming media accounts, that provide (free-of -charge to students and faculty) 24/7 access to streaming media on campus or when away from campus. These subscription accounts allow faculty to create custom playlists, and to designate custom video segments for playback.
Click here to download a comparison matrix that lists specific videos and their links from Kanopy and Films on Demand, that could support teaching of a variety of Psychology courses.
Contact campus librarians to assist you in discovering desired teaching resources from the Library's numerous database subscriptions.