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 OER Week 2021 | March 1-5, 2021

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Using and building a course with OER Materials: Faculty Perspectives
Facilitator: Ceit De Vitto, OER Project Coordinator
Faculty Panel: OER Faculty
When: Monday, March 1 from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Please Join: https://bhcc.webex.com/meet/kmdevitt 

How to use the Open Education Network to find OER Material? Faculty Perspectives 
Facilitator: Ceit De Vitto, OER Project Coordinator and Andy McCarthy, Librarian 
When: Tuesday, March 2 from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Please Join: https://bhcc.webex.com/meet/kmdevitt

Why should I take OER classes and how to find them? How do I find OER Courses? Student Perspective
Facilitator: Meghan Callaghan, Interim Associate Director, AIDE
Guest Panelist: Christopher Rule, Success Coach, LifeMap  and Kristine Larkin, Academic Counselor, Single Stop
When: Wednesday, March 3 from 1 - 2 p.m.
Please Join: https://bhcc.webex.com/meet/kmdevitt 

OER Jeopardy! Come join the BHCC OER Student Ambassadors to learn more about OER
BHCC OER Student Ambassadors: Nikki Nguyen, Marco D’Alelio, and Zuleka Queen-Postell
When: Thursday, March 4 from 3 - 4 p.m.
Please Join: https://bhcc.webex.com/meet/kmdevitt 

Department of Higher Education - OER Advisory Group EVENTS

On Wednesday, March 3 from 12 - 1 p.m., Join members of the Massachusetts Student Advisory Council (SAC) to learn how students are increasing OER awareness at their respective campuses and at a statewide level.
Register for the event.

Thursday, March 4 Ceit De Vito of BHCC will offer a Discussion/Presentation focused on DEI and OER along with open pedagogy. 

Global OER Events

To see a list of all free available Open Education Week events visit openeducationweek.org/schedule. We highly encourage everyone to select an event! 


What is OER?

We know that paying for textbooks can be a burden, and we want to help. Since the beginning of the Spring Semester 2017, BHCC has offered a number of courses that use Open Education Resources (OER) that include textbooks, articles, videos, and other materials that are openly licensed and free to use. 

BHCC is one of 38 community colleges across the country that participated in the OER Initiative, which was sponsored by Achieving the Dream. The project aimed to boost college access and completion, particularly for underserved students.

So far, BHCC students have saved almost $2.5 million dollars by taking OER courses.

What is OER at BHCC?

Bunker Hill Community College has expanded the definition of “Open Education” to be more inclusive.

Our new definition is grounded in a framework of equity and cultural wealth. Our vision of open education at BHCC is education that offers students up to date, quality, and culturally relevant materials at the lowest possible cost. As we continue to adapt the OER Initiative to fit BHCC’s institutional context, we are taking our cue from colleges across the country that have moved to an Open/Low Cost/No Cost model.

The criteria for BHCC’s OER course designation had been revised to include: 

OER -- courses that use openly licensed material that is copyrighted in a manner that gives students and faculty free and perpetual permission to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute original or revised content (also known as the 5Rs);

Low Cost -- courses that have a textbook cost of under $50; or

No Cost -- courses that have zero textbook costs.

Take an Open Ed Course @BHCC

You can browse for OER classes in the same way that you register for your other classes. When you are in Self-Service you can choose “Open Educational Resources (OER)” from the course “Type” menu on the left side of your screen.

Current students can also contact their advisor with any questions regarding registration for OER courses. You can find your advisor on the Advising Tab in Student Planning. Visit bhcc.edu/registration for how and when to register for classes.

If you are faculty and are interested in converting your course into an OER course, please contact  BHCC’s Senior Special Programs Coordinator for Digital Learning – Ceit DeVitto at kmdevitt@bhcc.edu

Here are links to Open Educational Resources that some faculty choose to use in an OER course:

  • Open Textbook Library This site has a large selection of digital textbooks ranging from education to math that are peer-reviewed 
  • Open Stax Open Stax has a large variety of textbooks that cover lower-level courses in Math, Science, History, and Behavioral Sciences.  
  • Lumen Learning Lumen Learning provides inexpensive homework generators for many of the Open Stax textbooks. 
  • OER Commons Is a great resource for OER Content for most disciplines. 
  • Also, visit our OER Library Guide for more information on Open Education Resources.

Open Education at BHCC is supported by the Office of Academic Innovation & Distance Education. Sign up for AIDE’s updates to learn about OER professional development opportunities.