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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.

The Three As

When it comes to using OER, there are three As that refer to your options:

Adopt: Take an existing OER and use it as-is (with no or minimal edits or alterations).

Adapt: Make some edits to an existing OER to tailor it to your course, or combine multiple OER into one!

Author: Create your own OER, with all brand-new content.

CCC's Textbook Affordability librarian is available to support you in any OER project!

Resources for Getting Started

Adapting for inclusivity and accessibility

Authoring OER

Authoring a brand new OER is only necessary sometimes. Some things to consider when deciding if you should author an OER:

  • Do you really need to author an OER? Can you adopt or adapt instead?
  • You don't need to work alone! Create a team of colleagues to collaborate.
  • You'll need to plan for editing and peer-review before using your OER in the classroom


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