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Open Educational Resources 2019-2020 Initiative Application

Open Educational Resources 2019-2020 Initiative Application


Brief Description

This initiative is focused on understanding the possibilities of increasing the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) at Community College of Philadelphia. OER are educational materials that are either licensed under an open copyright license or have an appropriate Creative Commons license. Various instances of OER can include textbooks, videos, simulations, assessments, lecture notes, etc. Many of these materials have been created by experienced professors. With textbook prices rising three times the rate of inflation, and many students struggling to make ends meet, OER can have a direct and immediate impact on the affordability of the high quality education students receive at the Community College of Philadelphia. It aligns with the student experience pillar of the Strategic Plan and the social justice aim of the College.

OER also allow faculty to choose what they want to emphasize in their classes, rather than having the publisher decide which concepts are important. OER can be changed in any way to meet the needs of the students and faculty.


  1. Faculty who have not started using OER but who are interested in the fiscal wellbeing of their students.
  2. Faculty who are currently using OER for one course but would expand the use of OER to another course.
  3. Prior approval is needed from Department Head and Dean.  If textbook is decided by the department, it will not be approved.


a.  Participants will be awarded a stipend of $500. Half ($250) will be awarded on completion of review of course design, with the other half awarded after participation in focus group at the end of the first semester. 


  1. Develop a course using OER with assistance from FLOAT and the Library. Course may be face to face, hybrid or online.
  2. Access the shared OER 2019 initiative Canvas space for information, questions and community.
  3. Check in with facilitator weekly until course has been completed. Course must be reviewed by Department Head during the process and Dean upon completing to ensure the materials are appropriate for the subject matter. 

i.  The course should be completed and reviewed by a facilitator.  The course will be approved by the Department Head and Dean to ensure materials are appropriate.

4. Share any electronic materials to Canvas Commons. FLOAT will help with the technical aspects of this.

5. Conduct the course for two semesters and attend a focus group.

6. Facilitate distribution of a student survey and participate in a faculty focus group.

Link to Application