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Textbook Affordability and Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide is an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and efforts to lower student textbook and course material costs at CCC.

Textbook Affordability Librarian Office Hours!

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Clip art of a stack of booksThis guide is intended for those interested in learning more about Textbook Affordability. Textbook affordability refers to any initiative designed to reduce the cost of course materials for students. Textbook affordability initiatives include Open Educational Resources (OER), LCT-designated courses, Course Reserves, and more. Information presented here includes textbook affordability initiatives at CCC and in the state of Oregon, links to adoptable OER, and a bit about the philosophy behind open education.

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CCC's Textbook Affordability Plan

Clackamas Community College (CCC) is a student-centered organization dedicated to providing equitable, innovative, and responsive education to the community it serves. In service of this mission, CCC has developed a Textbook Affordability Plan.

Textbook affordability offers opportunities to fulfill our College mission. In 2019, Oregon passed Oregon House Bill 2213, which lays out requirements for this plan. A Textbook Affordability Workgroup was formed to develop the plan, which was completed in June 2021. If you are interested in joining the workgroup to further develop this plan or work on other TA initiatives at CCC, please contact Justine Munds:

Textbook Affordability vs. OER

This guide includes information about various Textbook Affordability initiatives. It goes into great detail about Open Educational Resources (OER), but it's important to remember that OER are just one way to get involved with Textbook Affordability. See the chart below for more information on the difference between Textbook Affordability and OER.

Textbook Affordability Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Textbook Affordability is a broad term that encompasses a variety of initiatives.
  • Any initiative designed to reduce course material costs is a textbook affordability initiative.
  • Textbook affordability includes OER
  • Public domain or Creative Commons licensing
  • Anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and share.
  • OER are not limited to textbooks! There are OER course shells, assessments, tutorials, worksheets, and more!
  • Free does not always mean OER. Some free course materials are not openly licensed, so they are not considered OER.


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