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.
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.
Adapt: 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.
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.