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For Faculty

Library instruction, tools and resources for RCC faculty.

Open Educational Resources are instruction materials that are free to use and repurpose, either because they’ve been licensed for open use or because they’re in the public domain. Instructors can adopt an openly-licensed textbook as is or modify it, rewriting content and remixing chapters to better suit instructional outcomes. Students can access a digital copy of the textbook for free or purchase a print copy for a low cost. 

Finding OER Resources

OER Collections

  • Open Textbook Library
    A collection of open textbooks that includes reviews
  • OpenStax
    High-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks on introductory topics. Students can purchase print copies, and quizzes and tests are also available.
  • Open Course Library
    Open and low-cost resources from Open Washington
  • Open Oregon Resources
    Open Oregon maintains a table of open and low-cost resources used by other instructors in Oregon

OER Search Tools

  • OASIS
    An easy-to-use tool that searches open content available online
  • Mason OER Metafinder
    Searches OER repositories and also public domain sites including HathiTrust, the Digital Public Library of America, the Internet Archive, and the New York Public LIbrary's Digital Collections. Search your subject and then use filters for a more manageable set of results.

How do I start?

OER Timeline for Instructors

Just follow this flow chart to get started on OER resources. Feel free to contact a Reference Librarian by mail (librarian@rogucc.edu) or chat (left column) if you need help.

Get departmental approvalSpeak with your department head to get approval and confirm that another effort isn’t already in progress.

Let the Online Bookstore know that you’re considering changing your textbookthis is important for textbook inventory management

Explore and evaluate resources - email the librarians (Librarian@roguecc.edu) so we can help you find what you want. Many OERs are available in both ebook format and print. You can embed a PDF in Blackboard or provide students with a link to the ebook. If a textbook is not yet in print but a PDF is available, low-cost print copies can easily be created. Ask us for more information on how to do this.

Select resource(s)Many OERs are available in both ebook format and print. You can embed a PDF in Blackboard or provide students with a link to the ebook. If a textbook is not yet in print but a PDF is available, low-cost print copies can easily be created. Email us at Librarian@rogucc.edu for more information on how to do this.

Notify Online Bookstore of textbook change (at least two terms before planned adoption)If you find a textbook that meets your needs, contact the Online Bookstore. For a Fall term adoption, let the Bookstore know you’re making a change by the end of Winter term. OERs can be easily modified over time, but the Online Bookstore requires that print versions be changed no more than once a year.

Adopting

Adapting or Creating

Review accessibility(link is external) - 

Choose accessible platformIf you find a resource you want to modify, email Librarian@roguecc.edu for information on tools and platforms.

Create book file (if necessary)

Modify resource

License your work - You’ll also need to license your work and ensure it meets accessibility standards

Review accessibility(link is external)

Create PDF

Create book file

Submit Online Bookstore order

Submit no-cost/low-cost textbook designation

Let us help!

Email a librarian and tell us what you're looking for. We can simplify your search.