We've saved our students over $200,000 on textbooks since Fall 2015 semester.

Open Educational Resources (OER) or Open Textbooks defined: 
"OER 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 re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."- Hewlett Foundation

These resources are free online. Most are also availble in the bookstore in print for the cost of production and under $40.


Achieving the Dream

Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative Grant

In June 2016 Bay College was awarded a grant from Acheving the Dream (ATD) to build three complete degree pathways using all OER. Bay College will be transitioning courses to open educational resources starting immediately, and entire OER degree pathways in Liberal Arts, Business Administration (with the exception of two courses), and Mechatronics and Robotic Systems will be available by Fall of 2018.

The OER Degree Initiative will create a library of high-quality, digital, open courses available to other institutions and the public at large. Making resources easily available to all is expected to encourage OER adoption even at non-participating institutions.

ATD will help colleges make OER degrees critical elements of their student success efforts. Lumen Learning will provide technical assistance, SRI International will evaluate the implementation, and the Community College Consortium of Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) will facilitate a community of practice.

For more information on the grant please visit Achieving the Dreams website 

OER Adoptions

Courses and Instructors using Open Educational Resources:
Course Course Title Instructor OER Text
(BIOL 103)  Essential Biology All Instructors Concepts of Biology
(BIOL 213) Anatomy and Physiology I     Marc LeBeau Anatomy and Physiology
(BIOL 214) Anatomy and Physiology II Marc LeBeau Anatomy and Physiology
(BUSN 160) Online Only Introduction to Business Ann Sebeck Introduction to Business
(COMM 201) Mass Communications Bill Milligan Understanding Media and Culture
(ECON 131) 01 90 Microeconomics All Instructors Principles of Microeconomics
(ECON 132) 01 90 Macroeconomics All Instructors Principles of Macroeconomics
(ENGL 101)  Rhetoric and Composition All Instructors Rhetoric and Composition
(ENGL 150) Intro to Literature Nanci Love Intro to Literature
(FYE 103) 01 10 Career Exploration All Instructors Career Exploration
(GEOG 110) 01 90 Physical Geography All Instructors Physical Geography
(GEOG 121) 01 10 World Regional Geography All Instructors  
(HIST 211) US History to 1865 All Instructors US History to 1865
(HIST 212) US History 1865 to Present All Instructors US History 1865 to Present
(MATH 210) Introduction to Statistics All Instructors Introduction to Statistics
(SOCY 151) Sociology All Instructors Introduction to Sociology
(SOCY 207) Social Problems All Instructors Social Problems: Continuity and Change
(SOCY 208) Marriage and Family Mike Young Sociology of the Family
(SPAN 101) Spanish I Halley Reichel  

We don't just use OER, we create and share them! 
Visit our online catalog at the library website. 


Are you looking for resources to help you get started with OER? Check out the links below, click here, or contact Joseph or Edie.
OER Resources, by edieerickson
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