News Flash: SJCC Participates in Open Education Week with Lunch-Time Talks!
Open-education resources (OER) represent yet another strategy for removing barriers to education. These resources are available to anyone free of charge; they are generally
public domain materials or licensed for educational use by an organization such as the
Creative Commons. SJCC's newest academic division -- Library, Learning Resources, and Distance Education (LLRDE) -- is keen to play an active role in supporting the use of OER in instruction and tutoring.
LLRDE has set for itself a goal both to facilitate OER adoption and to ascertain and report on OER utilization at SJCC. To this end, we've set up a form that faculty members may use to enlist a search for
OER textbook alternatives and a form that faculty members may use to
record their use of OER in the courses they currently teach. Faculty who have recently adopted a course are encouraged to complete an OER adoption form, so the Library and LRC can provide support -- both to students and faculty.
Additionally, we will continue to grow our list of recommended OER material sites.
Cool4Ed (CSU-MERLOT)The Open Textbook Library (UMN)OpenStax (Rice)BCcampus Open Ed (British Columbia)OER Textbook List (Sacred Heart)
OpenCourseware (MIT)Open Course Library (Washington)Saylor Academy (Saylor)
MERLOT (CSU)OER Commons (ISKME)Archive.org (Archive)Flickr CC (Yahoo!)Connexions (Rice)Community College OER Consortium
Sourceforge (Slashdot)Open Source Software List (Datamation)
LLRDE is currently seeking grant funds to develop fully online degree programs that utilize, develop, and promote OER in order to provide greater access to courses and to further reduce the costs of education.
Video created by Brendan Walsh for 2012 Why OER Matters competition.
For more information, contact the LLRDE Dean, Dr. Susan Hines (email@example.com). To learn more about OER, watch the short screencast above.