We've saved our students over $200,000 on textbook fees 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 available to students at very low costs. Some are free online, some are $10-$25 dollars online. Most are availble in the bookstore in print for the cost of production and under $40.

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 Acheving the Dreams website http://achievingthedream.org/resources/initiatives/open-educational-resources-oer-degree-initiative

Courses and Instructors currently using Open Educational Resources and courses that will use OER in Winter 2017 are listed below:
Course Course Title Instructor
(BIOL 103)                  ALL Sections                      
Essential Biology

Matt Hayen, Robert Doepker

All Instructors - Winter 2017
(BIOL 213) Anatomy and Physiology I                           Marc LaBeau
(BIOL 214) Anatomy and Physiology II Marc LaBeau
(BUSN 160) Online Only Introduction to Business Ann Sebeck
(ECON 131 01 90) ALL Sections Microeconomics

Nicholas J Bergan

All Instructors - Winter 2017
(ECON 132 01 90) ALL Sections Macroeconomics

Nicholas J Bergan

All Instructors - Winter 2017
(ENGL 101) 
ALL Sections
Rhetoric and Composition

Todd McCann, Jenn McCann, Amber Kinonen, Nanci Love, Joanie Rithtig, Jeremie Solak

ALL Instructors
(FYE 103 01 10)
ALL Sections
Career Exploration

Denise Dufek

All Instructors
(GEOG 110 01 90)
ALL Sections
Physical Geography

Thomas Warstler

All Instructors
(GEOG 121 01 10)
ALL Sections
World Regional Geography

Thomas Warstler

All Instructors
(HIST 211)
ALL Sections
US History to 1865

Juneann Klees

All Instructors
(HIST 212)
ALL Sections
US History 1865 to Present

Juneann Klees

All Instructors
(MATH 210)
ALL Sections
Introduction to Statistics

Brit Slade, Joseph Shaw

All Instructors

(SOCY 151)

ALL Sections

Mike Young, Dr. Sam Brown

All Instructors - Winter 2017

(SOCY 207)

ALL Sections
Social Problems

Mike Young

All Instructors

OER that we have developed and are sharing back to the community:


Resources for faculty looking to convert to OER:

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Open Education Consortium
Openstacks CNX
Creative Commons
University of Minnesota - Open Textbook Library
Michigan State
Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative
OER research
College Open Textbooks
Florida's Open Textbooks
OER commons
Open Textbook Library
directory of open access books
OER Search
Lumen Learning
Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative
Spiral Physics
The American Yawp - Collaboratively Built History Book

Articles about OER:

Tidewater Community College - Z Degree - Zero textbook cost

Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources
Maricopa Millions Case Study Saving Students 5 million over five years
Broward College Online Case Study
NOVA’s OER-based General Education
Learn About OER
Open Education Week
OER News
Open-Education Company Helps Develop Textbook-Free Associate Degree
7 Things You Should Know About OER


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