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A guide for Open Educational Resources (OER) and where to find them.

Pierce College OER Adoption Recommendations

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OER Task Force

OER Free textbook adoption process recommendations

1. Defining OER classes and materials (textbooks. etc.) as a campus within the guidelines of the law as written.

The name "Free Textbook" is recommended for use but can be changed through recommendations from the campus or by LACCD recommendations to fit with the unified online course catalog.

"Free Textbook" will be used for this document until otherwise changed. 

Free Textbook classes will have no textbook or readings cost to students, including any software tha my be used for that class and may have a low-cost option for print versions of those materials.

"Open educational resources" are "high-quality teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license, such as Creative Commons, that permits their free use and repurposing by others, and may include other resources that are legally available and free of cost to students" (SB 1359).

2. Creating a system within each department or campus wide to coordinate and/or track who has adopted OER materials and listed by instructor with a Free Textbook.

If you are using OER, to be in compliance, you must let your chair know. The department chair will be responsible for passing along the information to the bookstore and academic affairs to properly notated.

3. Departments may create a system of best practices in regards to classes listed as OER in order to both maintain the integrity o fthe OER system and promote the interests of the students. (The Free Textbook (OER textbook) designation is attached the course section (SB-1359 1.A.))

We recommend the following best practices:

a. Notification of using OER be submitted by the second galley.

b. Add a blurb to the offerin gletter with a checkbox saying the following: "I plan to make this an OER course"

Also, we are recommending the description below for a campus definition of "Free Textbook"

*Free Textbook

*Free Textbook means there is no cost required for the electronic edition of the class textbook or readings for the class. There may be other costs for materials such as lab coats, goggles, etc. Students will need access to an internet connection and computer access required for readings, and are expected to use Canvas for the course. 


Developed by the OER task force

Spring 2017

Referred back to the task force by the Pierce Academic Senate

May 22, 2017

Revised by the OER task force

September 18, 2017

Noticed by the Pierce Academic Senate

September 25, 2017

Revised by the OER task force October 2, 2017

Approved by the Pierce Academic Senate

October 9, 2017