How would you recommend addressing the consistency with quality issues that faculty may have with OER? Some may have a hard time trusting anything outside traditional publishing.
How do you confirm that OER is actually being used vs. just a free online resource? We have found that challenge here as faculty develop a better understanding of true OER.
Here's our San Diego City College OER website, done by librarian Sandra Pesce: https://library.sdcity.edu/oer
Do you have a technical support person on campus to help faculty trying to edit an OER textbook?
To Jane's question: not officially, but the AERC does offer OER support as available; https://www.scc.losrios.edu/oer/aerc/
I feel like there is focus on OER vs. free web resources or library resources that takes away focus from creating zero cost courses. Should we discourage instructors from using no cost web resources and/or library materials since they aren’t officially OER? If yes, why?
Video link of LRCCD Chancellor Brian King talking about OER at FLC Convocation (as mentioned by Ben): https://youtu.be/WNPeQPFySD4?t=1282
Library resources can be OER
The big goal is textbook affordability.
OER is just one modality for saving students money.
The challenge if faculty use our library ebooks is that we currently do not own any of them, but rather subscribe to large packages. That means that titles can come & go without warning, which could be frustrating if it occurs mid-semester.
I understand the difference I just feel like I hear discouragement to use zero cost materials in favor or OER. I would rather encourage others to use zero cost textbooks.
sorry, I meant zero cost materials.
We have a do/don't page -- http://libguides.lamission.edu/c.php?g=820479&p=5857434 -- that advises against using library resources and ebooks.
For ebooks the library can try to buy a permanent version of individual titles. Sometimes viable.
There are multiple advantages to OER and ZTC - most of them overlap but not all. I don’t think anyone who advocates one should actively resist the other!
I agree with Jim Julius!
Our survey and responses...get a tissue
I have been trying to get my Academic Senate to approve a resolution authorizing a "low-cost" schedule of classes tag, mirrioring SB 1359. I have been asked the following: "I have negotiated with publishers really hard and got the price down to $100 (or whatever) which is much lower than the books at everyone else uses. Why shouldn't I be able to qualify for a lo-cost course outline tag?" I am getting pushback from senators about including a requirement to use OER
There are different “low cost” thresholds but usually 30, 40 , or 50 dollars. Most commonly $40 I believe.
Low cost should be low cost, just like zero cost should be zero cost (again in my opinion), regardless of OER
Thank you so much, great information!
Thank you all!
Thanks everyone. Off to reference desk.