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Open Education Week 2021: Friday - OER @ CCBC

Guide to events during Open Education Week 2021 - March 1 - 5. Links to webinars, resources, websites, and more!

CCBC has been steadily growing from a grass roots group of faculty and faculty librarians interested in and using OER to a full-fledged community on campus. At CCBC we have an OER/Textbook Affordability Committee that works to promote, advocate, and coordinator OER and Open Education efforts. The committee is comprised of at least one member from each school, including Deans, as well as, other departments on campus: instructional design, bookstore, business services, and marketing and communications.

The Committee has had some major accomplishments over the last couple of years:

OER/Affordable Textbook Grant Program. Through funding from Barnes & Noble each year we have $10,000 to give away for projects that look to adopt, adapt, create, or sustain OER and affordable textbooks. Efforts from this program have saved students over $500,000 on textbooks. Look for the CFP in April!

Course Marking Initiative. The committee has worked with Enrollment Services staff to highlight courses using Free or Low-Cost (less than $45) course materials. This information appears in the Notes section for course using these materials.

UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship Program. This year CCBC will be joining with Montgomery College in Maryland, Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia to create renewable assignments based on the 17 sustainable development goals established by the United Nations. Faculty chosen for this award-winning fellowship program will be partnered with faculty from the three other institutions to create 3 renewable assignments. For more information click here:

UN SDG Fellowship Application

Please contact Jamie Witman ( or Cynthia Roberts-Whitelock (croberts@ccbcmd.ed) if you have any questions.

Read this article from a CCBC student that was published in the CCBC Connection. This article doesn't talk about OER and open textbooks specifically but it does mention the rising costs of textbooks and the impact it has on students.

Textbooks Should be Included in your Tuition

OER/Afforable Textbook Grant Winners

Recipients for the 2018-2019 OER/Alternative Textbook Grant Program:

Evon Ford, Eric Cotton- CHEM

Nancy Zimmeran - MNGT

Ted McCadden - HUSC

Sarah Barnhardt, Danielle Aldawood, Sara Osman, Alyssa Simms-Clark - ESOL 

Lisa Boone - HUSC

Jennifer Pemberton - HUSC

Recipients for the 2019-2020 OER/Alternative Textbook Grant Program:

Pauline Hamilton, Erica DiCara - CHEM

Fernando G. Paniagua, Melissa Hanks - CSIT

Ted McCadden - HUSC

Sarah Barnhardt, Danielle Aldawood, Sara Osman, Jess Farrar - ESOL

Lisa Boone - HUSC

Donna Mandl, Jill Burke - LGST

Recipients for the 2020-2021 OER/Alternative Textbook Grant Program:

Jay Trucker, Lauren Pollak - ENGL

Irby Hunter - HIIT

Krish Palaniswamy, Kathy Baranoski - MATH

Encarni Trueba, Mani Kurian, Victor Madike, Chris DeStefano - BIOL 

Marguerite Falcon, Elizabeth Smith, Tara Meyer - HUSC

Sonya Smith, Mark Williams - MNGT


Please contact Cynthia Roberts,  or Jamie Witman,  if you have questions about this program or the application process for next year.

Courses using OER @ CCBC