Open Education

Helping students achieve the dream

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

The Hewlett Foundation defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as 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. These textbooks are free online! Most are also available in the bookstore in print for the cost of production and under $40.00.

Student Savings

Bay College has saved its students over $900,000 on textbooks since Fall 2015 semester. Launched in Fall 2017, students can earn an associate of arts degree using only Open Educational Resources, making the dream of a degree more of a reality. Currently, Bay College has over 30 courses that use OER.

OER Testimonial Videos

Achieving the Dream

Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative Grant

In June 2016, Bay College was awarded a grant from Achieving the Dream (ATD) to a complete degree pathway using all OER. Bay College transitioned many courses to open educational resources starting immediately, and entire OER degree pathways in Liberal Arts was launched in the Fall semester of 2017. (See below for a complete list of our OER courses). The OER Degree Initiative is working to 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. Bay College has a total of 27 classes certified as OER through Lumen Learning, our grant partner, for a total of 87 credits. For more information on the grant please visit the Achieving the Dreams website.

OER Textbooks

Course ID Course Name Open Educational Resource (OER)
ARTS 163 Theater Appreciation Theatrical Worlds
ARTS 204 Art History to 1300 SmArt History
ARTS 207 Art History 1300 to Present SmArt History
BIOL 103 Essential Biology Concepts of Biology
BIOL 213 Anatomy and Physiology I Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 214 Anatomy and Physiology II Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 225 Medical Microbiology Microbiology
BUSN 160 Introduction to Business Introduction to Business
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I OpenStax Chemistry*
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II OpenStax Chemistry*
COMM 104 Public Speaking Principles of Public Speaking
COMM 201 Mass Communications Understanding Media and Culture
ECON 131 Macroeconomics Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 132 Microeconomics Principles of Microeconomics
ENGL 098 College Reading and Writing College Reading and Writing
ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Composition Rhetoric and Composition
ENGL 102 Research Writing The Process of Research Writing
ENGL 145 Technical & Report Writing Technical and Report Writing
ENGL 150 Intro to Literature Intro to Literature
ENGL 200 American Literature No Book Required
ENGL 208 Writing Poetry and Short Fiction No Book Required
FYE 103 Career Exploration Career Exploration
GEOG 110 Physical Geography Physical Geography
GEOG 121 World Regional Geography No Book Required
HIST 211 US History to 1865 The American Yawp
HIST 212 US History 1865 to Present The American Yawp
MATH 107 Liberal Arts Math Liberal Arts Mathematics
MATH 110 College Algebra College Algebra
MATH 141 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I Calculus Volume I
MATH 142 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II Calculus Volume II
MATH 210 Introduction to Statistics Introduction to Statistics
MATH 243 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III Calculus Volume III
MUSC Music Appreciation Understanding Music: Past and Present
POLI 111 American Government (Online Sections) American Government 
SOCY 151 Sociology Introduction to Sociology
SOCY 207 Social Problems Social Problems: Continuity and Change
SOCY 208 Marriage and Family Sociology of the Family
SPAN 101 Spanish I No Book Required