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Why OER?

Not completely sure about Open Educational Resources? Here are a few videos that can help you weigh your decision about if OER is for you.

"A Shared Culture" by Creative Commons
"David Wiley: The Financial Potentials of Open Educational Resources​"
"Why Open Education Matters"
"Game Changer: Open Education is Changing the Rules"
"Wanna Work Together​?" by Creative Commons​
Do OER affect course transferability or articulation?
Short answer: NO! 

The Grossmont AFT contract protects faculty’s academic freedom, including the freedom to choose which materials to assign in their courses. Title 5 (as it relates to curriculum) is broad and does not specify that faculty must use print textbooks published by for-profit publishers.

CSU & UC GE Transferability (Policy Updated Nov. 2016): Proposed courses should include at least one textbook. Reviewers use the representative text as a way to confirm their understanding of course content. It’s understood that the instructor in a given section may choose a different text, but the proposed one is still given close attention. It’s expected that the structure of the text will be consistent with the course outline. Including additional reading is a good way to demonstrate that multiple points of view will be evaluated, as a means of developing critical thinking. Texts don’t need to be published in hard copy. The UC and CSU welcome the use of online texts and other Open Educational Resources, so long as the resource is a stable, bona fide publicly available as a published textbook, and not just a collection of links to lecture notes or other web pages. 

Notes Regarding Course-to-Course Articulation: CSU and UC campus departments consider the content of textbooks when reviewing course-to-course articulation proposals and course outlines of record (COR) from the California Community Colleges (CCC). 

The use of online texts is reviewed by UC campuses on a case-by-case basis for articulation with the CCCs. Texts, both online and traditional, must be dated within seven years for most course submissions.

Last Updated: 10/29/2017
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