General OER Communications
- A tri-fold brochure about “Why OER”
- A handout about “Why OER” (and an editable word file)
- A flyer about “Why OER”
Communicating with Students
Starting an OER Workgroup/Committee/Task Force
Create an OER Web Presence
Apply to be an OpenStax Institutional Partner
This one year program (no financial support but no cost to apply or be a member) gives colleges the opportunity to learn about tactics other colleges have used to increase OER adoptions on their campuses and try some of these tactics out on their own with the support of OpenStax and approximately 10 other colleges and universities across the country. About a dozen CCCs have gone through this Institutional Partnership.
Advocate for Positions or Release/Reassigned Time
Many colleges are finding that there is a measurable return on investment (i.e., the cost savings on textbooks for students) as a result of giving release or reassigned time to a faculty member for coordinating OER and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) efforts. Other colleges are utilizing students for advocacy.
Invite a speaker to come to your college
Invite a speaker to to talk about OER or schedule a viewing time and place for an introductory and/or discipline specific OER/ZTC Webinar
There are many folks who would likely be interested and available to speak on your campus and there are webinars available to continue to spread information.
Stay Focused on the Facts
There are many of rumors and myths about OER. Here are a couple of sources to refer to:
- SPARC: OER Mythbusting: (Links to an external site.)
- ASCCC: OER Mythbusting: (Links to an external site.)
- Articulation Issues
- Both the UC and the CSU systems have assured the CCCs that OER is fine. This was most recently re-stated in a memo from Nancy Purcille on October 24, 2017. An excerpt from this memo, and some additional articulation-related guidance, is available in this document found on Skyline’s website.
- Source: https://www.skylinecollege.edu/curriculumcommittee/assets/resources/NOTES%20OER%20on%20COR.pdf