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
Courses and Instructors currently using Open Educational Resources:
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