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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER Committee

This guide provides information on what OERs are and where you can find them.

OER Committee Mission Statement

Since research demonstrates OER foster inclusivity, increased learning, retention, and completion, the mission of the OER Committee is to further the OER initiative at HACC by training and supporting faculty in the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER for their courses. Additionally, the OER Committee will secure and distribute funding for faculty to implement OER. The committee’s mission is closely aligned with Commitment 2 of the college’s Strategic Plan.


The OER Committee seeks faculty applicants who intend to use funds to implement OER in their classes. All projects must be completed within the given time frame depending on the tier level listed below. Compensation to faculty will be provided when the adoption, adaptation or creation of OER and assessment are complete. Works produced in the grant period must be licensed under a Creative Commons license.

HACC OER Workflow Chart

Faculty OER Examples

The following are definitions and examples of adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER. Faculty may consider these examples to spark their own creativity in developing future projects.

Adopt:  Adopt existing OER(s) textbook or other existing OER without making any significant modifications to the resource. Activities that fall under adopting include researching and locating OER materials, comparing those materials to department approved resources, advocating for adoption within departments or disciplines.

Faculty examples:

  • I am currently advocating for the adoption of the Openstax A&P textbook.  I will be creating a survey for faculty to review this text along with a survey for my current students to review as well.  I may also create a survey comparing the current approved textbook to the Openstax. 
  • I have worked in OER simulations into my astronomy classes.  The simulations are freely available as are the worksheets I am using for the labs - they have all been produced by other sources and I am incorporating them into my class with minimal to no change to the resources.

‚ÄčAdapt:  Editing and/or altering existing OER(s) to develop a new or original resource. Activities that fall under adapting include rewriting, combining, integrating, and/or remixing multiple open resources, so that they are customized to a specific course. 

Faculty examples:

  • Compile an early American Literature book using public domain works, take several chapters from an OpenStax textbook and rewrite them or combine them with lecture notes developed for your class, create/implement interactive course-authoring tools or low-cost homework platforms to accompany affordable learning materials, etc.

Create: Develop new OER(s) that would involve the creation of a complete set of materials for the entire course. Activities that fall under creating include writing a textbook or lab manual, writing and recording a set of videos/lecture slides, writing a test bank of questions for an entire textbook.

Faculty examples:

  • Authoring original content for an open textbook with potentially the addition of some content from existing open textbook resources.
  • Authoring a combination of supplemental resources (slide sets, quizzes, lesson plans, teaching notes, etc.)

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Fall 2020 OER Application Timeline

Oct. 5 - Applications Open

Nov. 6 - Applications Due

Nov. 20 - Acceptances Sent

Committee Members

Tamara Girardi
Andrea Hartranft
Lise-Pauline Barnett
Justin Bichler
Josh Eckenrode
Valerie Gray
Jim Groff
Matt Harris
Jennifer Hummel
Carole Kerper
Darrell Lagace
Connie Ogle
Barb Stockland
Rob Swatski
Allyson Valentine
Robert Wagner