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OER Center for California


OER Center for California

Community college educators in California who are interested in sharing knowledge and learning content

Location: California
Members: 22
Latest Activity: Feb 13, 2014

Goals of the OER Center of California are:

* Establish an Advisory Group comprised of representatives from colleges and organizations committed to promoting OER in community

* Identify sources of adequate grant funding to accomplish the pilot project

* Design and implement a model for campus OER centers that promote and support the development and use of OER that is student-centered, meaningful, pedagogically sound and fully accessible by all students

* Design and implement a model for campus OER centers that promote and support the development and use of OER instructional materials.

* Develop a community college professional development course that introduces faculty, staff, and college course developers to the concept, content, creation, and production methodologies that enable OER to be offered to students in community college classes

* Create an OER information repository to serve as the single point of contact for information about community college OER, including working in the public domain, OER courses and course materials, research and production processes, and professional resources for creating and repurposing OER.

* Develop a reporting system (survey) by which participating districts can report to the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, upon request, on all of the
following: (a) The number of courses in the system that use OER; (b) the number of faculty who develop OER for other faculty in the system to use in their classes; (c) the number students who use OER in their courses; (d) The quality of faculty and student experiences with OER compared to traditional courses; (e) The grades earned in OER courses; (f) The cost of OER course materials compared to non-OER materials.

The advantages of using and developing open educational resources include:

* lower educational costs for students
* iterative and rapid feedback loop
* professional recognition
* online medium allows for rich media
* modifiability
* adaptability to learning styles
* currency

Discussion Forum

Seeking California educators who use open textbooks 1 Reply

Please post any information you have about the use or development of open textbooks by community college educators in California.

Tags: college, OER, community, textbooks, open

Started by Judy Baker. Last reply by Kevin Yokoyama Feb 13, 2014.


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Comment by Muvaffak GOZAYDIN on October 13, 2010 at 2:15am
OER is wonderful.
But 2 question are in my mind.
1.- Accreditation of the courses or programs. Are they good ? Who and how it is decided it is good.
2.- Sustainability . OER should charge a small fee of $ 10-20 per semester long course for sustainibility.

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