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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.

Oregon resources

Explore Open Oregon for resources on finding, adopting and using OER and see what other Oregon colleges and colleagues in your field are doing with OER.

The OER Starter Kit

Author Abbey Elder, from Iowa State University has shared her book "The OER Starter Kit": "This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education.” 

As an added bonus it is an OER itself and uses Pressbooks, one of the most common publishing tools so you can get a feel for how a book you create might look. Highly recommended!

Frequently asked OER questions (FAQ)

This FAQ was built collaboratively by librarians all over the state gathering questions that they frequently hear about OER. Some of the major categories are: How to find OER, How to use OER, How to create OER, Basic information about OER, and how to find help.

If you have any questions about this FAQ or other OER questions, ask a librarian at

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