April 8: Open Pedagogy with Faculty & Students

Open Pedagogy is a collection of open practices in the classroom made possible by replacing commercial textbooks with open educational resources. These emerging practices enabled by open content licensing (and an open mindset) involve students in making decisions about their own learning experiences and contributing directly to global knowledge to impact not only other students […]

Regional Leaders of Open Education Initiative

Launched in fall 2019, the Regional Leadership for Open Education (RLOE) initiative was motivated by CCCOER leaders’ growing need to collaborate across institutional and state boundaries to find solutions for issues impacting OER adoption at diverse, large multi-institution systems. Many open education leaders face similar issues of advocacy and implementation beyond their home institution and […]

Community Contributions: Remote Teaching & Learning Resources

Many higher education institutions including community and technical colleges are attempting to move all their classes online as closures of campuses become necessary. This is impacting faculty, staff, students (everyone) so we’ve begun building a list of resources from the open education community organized by CCCOER and Open Education Global to support educators, students, and […]

Open Education Week 2020 (OEWeek) webinars

Founded in 2013 by Open Education Global, the goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education Week has become one of the most foremost global events recognizing high achievement and excellence in open education. For OEWeek 2020, CCCOER is hosting […]

Six Community Colleges Improve Equity with ZTC Degrees

The California Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degree Initiative was launched through a $5 million dollar Governor’s budget allocation in spring 2016 with the goal of reducing costs for community college students by implementing associate transfer degrees and career technical education certificates where all textbook costs have been eliminated through the adoption of alternative instructional materials […]

Creating an OER Culture on Campus

Prior Experience Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) had an AB798 grant.  Because of this, the faculty were educated on how to use OER materials for their courses.  Also, several of the general education courses had already made the transition to OER materials before the ZTC Degree grant began.  This allowed us to put most of […]

Success through Cross-Campus Collaboration

Motivation Implementing an OER/ZTC degree pathway was very appealing for various reasons, but at the forefront, it was seen as a means to offset the cost of education for our student population. When we evaluated our data at the time, we saw that more than 22,000 Pasadena City College (PCC) students (77%) received some form […]

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OER Textbooks for Early Childhood Education

Motivation Our Early Childhood Education certificate and even degree completers are going into a low-wage field, where they will struggle to make ends meet, let alone repay student loans or pay off credit cards that they may use to purchase textbooks. We believe that we are ethically obligated to reduce their educational costs in whatever […]

How We Saved Students $2 Million in 5 Years

Motivation: Data collected in a 2016 Butte College student survey show that 31% of students stated that they take fewer courses due to the cost of textbooks. The OER/ZTC Degree initiative aims to help these students complete their degrees faster by allowing them to take more classes per semester. In the same survey, 17% of  […]