As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER), it is not surprising that this exemplary community of practice continues to inspire a decade later. I can still remember the excitement of those early days, when CCCOER, then know as the Community College Open Textbook Project, a small group of administrators and faculty at Foothill/De Anza Community College District (together with a few of us open education evangelists and tool-builders), who were no strangers to innovative risk-taking, embarked on a plan to invite groups of educators from the across the state of California to engage in conversations about the benefits of open educational resources, and helped to develop with them a plan of action.
Dedicated to creating affordable and high quality educational materials for community college students, early research and evaluation conducted by ISKME and others helped to bolster the case for OER, which gained steam when instructors such as Barbara Illowsky and others boldly stepped up to declare that their hard work in creating textbooks for their classes was going to serve the broader mission of democratizing access to public education through OER. The rest we could say is history.
I am delighted to offer my enthusiastic congratulations to CCCOER for a most note-worthy decade of commitment and global innovation. Strong and capable leadership over time has enabled the organization to evolve, grow and redefine itself, including Martha Kanter, Hal Plotkin, Judy Baker, Una Daly, Mary Lou Forward, and many others, with the result being that CCCOER continues to set the gold standard for practice and policy in the field of OER today.
Lisa Petrides Ph.D
CEO and Founder
Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME)