When we started CCCOER our primary goal was to empower community college faculty and students. OER helps students succeed and that has always been what dedicated and often heroic community college instructors care about most. We wanted to raise a flag for a new way of thinking about how digital technologies could be used to help our students and teachers.

Over the past 10 years, thousands of instructors rallied to this flag. They have built and freely shared high-quality digital learning resources that benefit everyone, creating durable public resources that get better every year. Our CCCOER flag was and remains important. But the real change makers are the inspired and inspiring faculty and students who step forward to create, use and improve OER. The freely available digital resources they bring to life are changing the world, bringing hope and new opportunities to millions.

The success of CCCOER over the past 10 years has also created a solid new foundation on which even more ambitious collaborative, knowledge creation, discovery and sharing projects can be built across institutional, national, and cultural borders.

Congratulations on a great beginning CCCOER! The best is yet to come.

Hal Plotkin
Senior Open Policy Fellow at Creative Commons USA
Senior Policy Advisor Office of the Under Secretary of Education 2009-2014
Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees 2003-2009