The Community College Consortium on Open Education Resources (CCCOER), established in 2007 in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, is "a joint effort by individual community colleges, regional and statewide consortia, the Open Courseware Consortium, the American Association for Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and many other educational partners to develop and use open educational resources, open textbooks, and open courseware to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning."
In January and February 2019 a survey on students' attitudes towards textbook costs was sent out via email. Read the results from 261 respondents by downloading the file below.
Courses can be listed as ZTC (‘Zero Textbook Cost’) if they use course materials that are free and/or open source. That means you’re using any of the following:
If your course is ZTC, then you must tell your Division Assistant, so that they can load it into Banner (and therefore WebSchedule). Otherwise, no one will know it—especially the students! (I get notification from the DA’s so that I can follow up with faculty as needed.)
The 5Rs of OER are the rights to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.
Faculty colleagues in the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California reviewed over one hundred free and open electronic textbooks in art, business, education, humanities, math and statistics, science and technology, and social science. The California OER Council developed the evaluation rubric faculty reviewers used. Each textbook was reviewed by a member of community college faculty as well as CSU and UC faculty. Read the reviews on the Cool4Ed website.
Several recent laws have fueled the effort to make textbooks more affordable.
California's three higher educational systems, the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges established the California Open Education Resource Council last year, as well as the California Digital Open Source Library. Two legislative bills established the goal of making higher education in California more affordable by providing faculty and students access to free and lower-cost instructional materials.
SB 1359 is a senate bill that requires colleges to mark those courses with materials that are low cost - below $50 a book - or zero cost. The bill also asks colleges to keep track of these designations and the courses they are tied to so that we can track how much students are spending on their course materials.