Open education is an emerging field. New ideas spring up all the time – big innovations like the Rebus community to crowdsource textbook publishing, incremental changes we can make to programs by learning how others are managed, projects that just seem too fun not to try them out ourselves, like the De Anza textbook affordability board game. Being involved with OER means being comfortable with uncertainty and staying flexible as some ideas inevitably fail, while continuing to learn on the job every day.
In this context, it is wonderfully stabilizing to know that we can lean on the collective wisdom of an organization that has been doing this work for a decade. When I started my job in 2015 as Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services for Oregon’s community colleges I was brand new to open education and my cold calls to CCCOER leadership were met with warmth, welcome, and friendly answers to my many questions. I found a community of practice through the CCCOER webinars and listserv that helped me through my initial learning curve and continues to provide professional development and support. Community colleges are making a huge impact on affordability and CCCOER is the place to share those successes.
Happy 10th birthday, CCCOER! Thanks for all that you do.
Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services