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Open Educational Resources (OER/ZTC/LTC)

This guide provides information about OER and a basic primer about copyright and fair use for instruction

2020 October OERI Newsletter

• OERI Weekly Webinars – October 2020 •


During the fall 2020 term, our OERI Weekly Webinars are scheduled for Fridays at 3:00 pm.


OERI Webinars are intended for a diverse audience. We hope you will all join us! Please share with your colleagues.


Friday, October 2

OER - A Simple Solution in Complex Times

In distressing economic times, with most students studying remotely, not all students have access to the textbooks they need to succeed. OER is a way to bring equity into your course by providing free digital content that you can customize for your students. Join us for an exploration of the many challenges that are effectively addressed by adopting OER.

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Friday, October 9

No Webinar – See you at the ASCCC Academic Academy


Friday, October 16

Copyright, Fair Use, and Piracy. Where does OER Fit In?

The use of OER and freely accessible digital resources has increased greatly during the pandemic as instructional faculty seek to support their students while teaching remotely. But an unprecedented situation does not give us permission to ignore copyright, "fair use", and piracy. Join us for a refresher of these topics to ensure you're demonstrating the academic integrity you expect of our students.

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Friday, October 23

Navigating Acronyms and Icons - Approaches to Marking No-Cost Sections 

How are colleges responding to the legislative mandate to identify no-cost sections in their schedules? What does an effective implementation look like? How do we ensure that our messaging is effective for students? Join us for an overview of the challenges and a potential solution.

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Friday, October 30

Open Forum

Questions? Ideas? Join us in this Open Forum where you direct the conversation.

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• ASCCC OERI – Seeking Faculty Discipline Leads •


The ASCCC OERI is recruiting faculty to support our OER advocacy efforts by serving as Discipline Leads. Our intent is to expand our discipline collections during the fall 2020 term and to increase our targeted advocacy efforts across all identified disciplines in the spring 2021 term. In order to meet these goals, we are now seeking Discipline Leads for disciplines that have never had a Lead and we will be seeking new Leads for the disciplines that have had a Lead previously. Read more about the disciplines we are recruiting, the Discipline Lead role, and the application process. Applications for fall 2020 are due by October 19.

2020 September OERI Newsletter

• September OERI Newsletter •

ASCCC Academic Academy – Redefining Distance Education

• A Virtual Event – October 8 – 9, 2020 •

The ASCCC OERI is partnering with the CVC OEI to bring you the 2020 ASCCC Academic Academy, focusing on the intersection of OER and distance education and the impact of COVID 19 on instruction, as well as our continuing efforts to ensure equitable opportunities and a supportive learning environment for all students.

Deadline for Early Registration Pricing: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 5:00pm

Register for the 2020 ASCCC Academic Academy

Interruptions in education are not new. Snow days, extreme heat, floods, and earthquakes can all lead to temporary school closures. In addition, California’s students may experience the extended disruption and devastating impact of fires. But a global pandemic requiring social distancing and the sudden cessation of traditional classroom instruction for an undefined time period is a force so impactful that our evolution is forced – is it education’s Big Bang, where we will emerge anew? Or is it our Ice Age, leading to the extinction of select species and the rapid evolution of the survivors? This year’s ASCCC Academic Academy will explore the impact of our recent history on the future of education. Join us as we explore the use of open and online approaches to finding ways to redefine instruction and assessment, create more equitable learning environments, address long-standing inequities exacerbated by reliance on technology, and improve the success of all students.

• OERI Opportunities •

OERI is seeking new and additional Discipline Leads for the current term as well as a new Area A Regional Lead for spring 2021. Also, we need reviewers for our RFP 2 projects and we will be coordinating OER development work by discipline teams in the near future.

If you previously submitted an application, we have your information and you will be considered for any available roles you indicated an interest in. If you submitted an application previously and are uncertain as to what you indicated, you may either resubmit the application or submit a letter describing your interests and qualifications to the ASCCC OERI.

Both the ASCCC OERI Application and the ASCCC Faculty Application for Statewide Service need to be completed if you are a faculty member. We accept applications on an on-going basis but encourage those who are interested to submit as soon as possible to ensure consideration.

If you are interested in the Area A Regional Lead position, please prepare and submit a letter of interest to us ( by September 14.

• OERI Weekly Webinars – September 2020 • 

During the fall 2020 term, our Weekly OER Webinars have been scheduled for Fridays at 3:00 pm beginning September 11. While late Friday afternoon is normally not the best time for any event, these are not normal times. If we find that this is not a workable time, we may revisit it for the future.

OERI Webinars are intended for a diverse audience. We hope you will all join us! Please share with your colleagues.

Friday, September 11, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

How to Find OER

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide you with a means of providing no-cost, adaptable, and digital course resources to your students. Whether you are looking for supplements to augment your selected text or you are ready to adopt an OER as your text, finding the resource you need should not be a barrier to your move to OER. Join us to learn about existing curated OER collections, search strategies, and OER repositories.

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Friday, September 18, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


The universe of Open Educational Resources (OER) is ever-expanding and the OERI is pleased to share the products developed by your colleagues in 2019 and other new resources that our faculty are integrating into their teaching. Join us to learn about new OER, progress made with respect to homework systems, and plans for the future.

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Friday, September 25, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Open Forum

Questions? Ideas? Join us in this Open Forum where you direct the conversation.

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2020 May

• May OERI Newsletter •

Greetings! We know this has been a challenging time for everyone and hope that things are getting a little quieter. Please be sure to visit the ASCCC OERI website to access general OER information and our archived webinars.


As the end of the term is approaching, we’re focusing on making new OER resources available and developing resource collections to support our many faculty who may be new to working remotely. We hope that existing openly licensed resources can facilitate the transition to distance education for many of you. We’re happy to try to help – please reach out to us if you have a specific resource need.

• New OER Attribution Guide •

We’re in the midst of developing resources for our OER developers. While the focus of these resources is on guiding the faculty we are funding to do work, they are also intended to be a general guide that can be used by any faculty member. We have just completed the print version of the ASCCC OERI Attribution Guide and the online version will soon be ready for use.


• From Accessibility to Universal Design for Learning •

As most OER are online, accessibility has been a consistent focus of the OERI. The OERI is striving to integrate accessibility into all the professional development it provides and has identified basic accessibility components that all faculty should know. These were highlighted in our recent accessibility webinars (Creating Accessible OER Archived Webinar) and are outlined in the companion PowerPoint presentation. We’re also looking forward to talking more about moving past accessibility to focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is about good course design and creating a learning environment designed to facilitate the learning of all students. Read about the UDL Guidelines and learn more at our May 21 webinar – “UDL 101.”


• OERI Webinars • 

OERI Webinars are intended for a diverse audience. We hope you will all join us! During Spring 2020, the OERI’s regularly scheduled webinars are on 

Thursdays, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.



Thursday, May 7, 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Unintended Consequences and Opportunities: You, OER, and the Future Or How I Overcame My Commercial Text Addiction
A global pandemic leading to social distancing and the cessation of in-person instruction has far-reaching consequences and creates a wide range of opportunities. What has the effect been on OER and the role of OER in education? What should it be?

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Thursday, May 14, 1:00PM – 2:00PM
How to Spark and Sustain an OER Movement
How do you create interest in OER at your college? Join this session for an overview of approaches to developing - and sustaining - an OER-adopting culture.

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Thursday, May 21, 1:00PM – 2:00PM

UDL 101

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Join us for an overview of UDL principles and how UDL can positively impact teaching and learning.

Register for UDL 101

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