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Faculty Guide: OER - Zero Cost Textbooks

Library resources and services for Norco College Faculty

A recent Florida Virtual Campus report underscores these possible benefits by reporting via survey data the negative impacts of on students when the use of commercially published textbooks is the only choice available to students. This report said,

  • "(66.6% did not purchase the required textbook) [as a result] (37.6% earn a poor grade; 19.8% fail a course)".
  • "Time to graduation and/or access to courses is also impacted by cost. Students reported that they occasionally or frequently take fewer courses (47.6%);"
  • [Students] "do not register for a course (45.5%);"
  • [Students] "drop a course (26.1%), or withdraw from courses (20.7%)."
Get started by searching for content of your own! There are a myriad of places to search for content, and we've collected a few of the best links for our campus and its schools.

If want to know more, and there's a few tutorials available for faculty who want to know more about OER:

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Examples of Choices Made at Other Colleges

Readings about OER

**Grewe, K. E., & Davis, W. P. (2017). The Impact of Enrollment in an OER Course on Student Learning Outcomes. International Review Of Research In Open And Distributed Learning, 18(4), 231-238.

Goldberg, E., & LaMagna, M. (2012). Open educational resources in higher education: A guide to online resources. College & Research Libraries News, 73(6), 334-337. doi:
**Blick, W., & Marcus, S. (2017). The Brightly Illuminated Path: Faclitating An OER Program At Community College. College Student Journal, 51(1), 29-32.
Ozdemir, O., & Hendricks, C. (2017). Instructor and Student Experiences with Open Textbooks, from the California Open Online Library for Education (Cool4Ed). Journal Of Computing In Higher Education, 29(1), 98-113.  
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