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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.


OER logoThis Topic Guide is intended for faculty interested in learning more about Textbook Affordability, which includes Open Educational Resources (OER) and LCT-designated courses as well as other efforts around the college. Information presented here includes textbook affordability initiatives in the state of Oregon, links to adoptable OER, and a bit about the philosophy behind open education.

This guide will help you:

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 the library:

What are OER?

Open Educational Resources 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open (Creative Commons) license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and reshare them. OER can include:

  • Learning content: full courses, course material, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
  • Tools: software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and online learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

The above bullet points are from UMass Amherst Libraries - a great place to learn even more about OER.

OER = Equality in educational opportunities

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Open Oregon Resource Tracker

The Open Oregon Resource Tracker lists course materials that Oregon community college and university instructors are using to reduce textbook costs in their courses. This is a searchable tool that you can use to explore OER in use in Oregon right now. 


Already using OER in your course? Add your information to the resource tracker by filling out the Open Oregon Resource Tracker Form.

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