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The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017-18.  We are pleased to recognize the visionaries, past and current leaders, and our amazing members who have built this community of practice for open education with us, spanning 27 U.S. States and British Columbia, Canada.  We are sharing perspectives from these amazing folks on the “first ten years” of CCCOER history this year and look forward to more contributions from the open education community.

10-year Retrospectives available here:

Dr. Martha Kanter, Chancellor of the Foothill De-Anza College and Hal Plotkin, Board Trustee provided an early vision for CCCOER and established a working team lead by Dr. Judy Baker, Dean of Online Learning and Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Statistics faculty and co-author of Collaborative Statistics.  To get a sense of the early and exciting beginnings of CCCOER, I suggest a look at “It Takes a Consortium to Support Open Textbooks”, written by Dr. Judy Baker, Dean of Online Learning at Foothill College, and published in the Educause Review, January 2009.   Excerpts here:

“California’s Foothill-De Anza Community College District ( established the CCCOER in July 2007 to identify, create, and/or repurpose existing open educational resources as open textbooks and make them available for use by community college students and faculty ….

In April 2008, the CCCOER launched the Community College Open Textbook (CCOT) Project (, funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation ( as a one-year feasibility study in partnership with the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), Rice University’s Connexions, University of California College Prep (UCCP), Flat World Knowledge (FWK), California State University System’s California Digital Marketplace, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), the High Tech Center Training Unit, and the Student PIRGs …

The purpose of the CCOT Project is to explore the feasibility of creating high-quality, accessible, and culturally relevant open textbooks at low cost for community college students and faculty … The CCOT Project has worked closely with Connexions staff to make the open textbook Collaborative Statistics, by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean (, available for students in introductory statistics courses to view online or to download for free under a Creative Commons ( license…”

The early and continued success of Collaborative Statistics lead to the availability of many more high-quality open textbooks.  Cable Green, Online and Open Education Director at Washington’s State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) , served as the first president of CCCOER prior to the transition from the Foothill-De Anza College to the Open Education Consortium (OEC),

When CCCOER joined the Open Education Consortium (OEC) in 2011, James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning at College of the Canyons, was elected president and I was honored to become the director of CCCOER.  Mary Lou Forward, executive director OEC, served as a guiding hand for the young consortium as it rebuilt its membership in the new global organization.  As a testament to the growing voice of community colleges in the global OER movement, James went on to serve as Board President of OEC and Barbara has been elected a board member. Growing to members in 25 U.S. States and British Columbia, Canada including 8 statewide members,  Quill West, Open Education Project Manager at Pierce College District in Washington State, was elected president in 2015 and continues in that role.  You can see the full CCCOER Executive Council here, the team who leads OER initiatives at their colleges and also supports the important work that CCCOER does.

Although the Open Education landscape has changed dramatically in the last 10 years, CCCOER’s mission continues to be about promoting awareness and adoption of open educational resources, policy, and practices to enhance teaching and learning and expand access for all students.  At the heart of our work is providing a community of practice for open education to enhance student success and access. We provide regular professional development opportunities, peer support, and community for the faculty, staff, and administrators who work with our students at community colleges.   

We are pleased to be a partner in Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative with Lumen Learning and SRI International and also part of the California Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree technical assistance team.  Our membership spans community and technical colleges who are just getting started with open education and OER adoption to those who are creating full OER Degree pathways for their students. Our consortium excels in working with this continuum of colleges in open education. Our longtime open education leaders and practitioners provide mentoring and encouragement for those who are new to open education or facing specific challenges.  Our goals is to help each college build their successful open education project that can be sustained into the future.

We invite you to join us in our community of practice for open education.  See  how-to in “Getting Involved” at


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