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Open Education @BHCC

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.

 Winter and Spring 2021 OER Courses

This is a current list as of November 19, 2020. For an updated selection and the number of sections that are available please log into BHCCselfservice

Winter 2021 Courses, please see BHCC Self-service for a complete list of sections and times

Course Number Name of Courses Credits Department Start Date
ACC-102 Prin of Accounting II 3.0 Business Administration 01/04/2021
CIT-162 CISCO Networking I 3.0 Computer Information Tech 01/04/2021
CMT-111 HTML5 3.0 Computer Media Technology 01/04/2021
CSC-125 Python Programming 3.0 Computer Sciences 01/04/2021
CSC-131 Intro to Creating Mobile Apps 3.0 Computer Sciences 01/04/2021
ECO-201 Macroeconomics 3.0 History and Social Sciences 01/04/2021
ENG-111 College Writing I 3.0 English Department 01/04/2021
ENG-112 College Writing II 3.0 English Department 01/04/2021
FIN-112 Personal Finance 3.0 Business Administration 01/04/2021
LIT-204 Lit in America II 3.0 English Department 01/04/2021
MAT-099 Intermediate Algebra 3.0 Math 01/04/2021
SOC-101 Prin of Sociology 3.0 Behavioral Sciences 01/04/2021

 Spring 2021 Courses, please see BHCC Self-Service for a complete list of sections and times 

Course Number Course Name Credits Department
CSC-125 Python Programming 3.0 Computer Sciences
CSC-225 Advanced Python Programming 3.0 Computer Sciences
CSC-239 JAVA Programming 4.0 Computer Sciences
ECO-201 Macroeconomics 3.0 History and Social Sciences
ECO-202 Microeconomics 3.0 History and Social Sciences
ENG-095 Writing Skills II 3.0 English Department
ENG-111 College Writing I 3.0 English Department
ENG-112 College Writing II 3.0 English Department
ENG-232 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3.0 English Department
FRE-101 Elementary French I 3.0 Global Languages Department
FRE-102 Elementary French II 3.0 Global Languages Department
GEO-101 World Regional Geo 3.0 History and Social Sciences
HIS-151 Colonization Thru Civil War 3.0 History and Social Sciences
HIS-152 Reconstruction to Present 3.0 History and Social Sciences
ITL-102 Elem Italian II 3.0 Global Languages Department
LIT-204 Lit in America II 3.0 English Department
LIT-211 Mast World Lit I 3.0 English Department
LIT-242 LGBTQ Literature 3.0 English Department
MAT-098 Pre-Statistics 3.0 Math
MAT-099 Intermediate Algebra 3.0 Math
MAT-174 Quantitative Reasoning 3.0 Math
MAT-181 Statistics I 3.0 Math
MAT-194 College Algebra for STEM 4.0 Math
MAT-281 Calculus I 4.0 Math
MUS-101 Music Fundamentals 3.0 Performing Arts
PSY-101 Prin of Psychology- Honors 3.0 Behavioral Sciences
SOC-101 Prin of Sociology 3.0 Behavioral Sciences
SOC-109 Cultural Anthr 3.0 Behavioral Sciences
SOC-227 Sociology of Race & Ethnicity 3.0 Behavioral Sciences
SPN-101 Elem Spanish I 3.0 Global Languages Department
SPN-101 Elem Spanish I 3.0 Global Languages Department
SPN-101 Elem Spanish I 3.0 Global Languages Department
SPN-102 Elem Spanish II 3.0 Global Languages Department
SPN-201 Intermed Spanish I 3.0 Global Languages Department
SPN-202 Int Spanish II 3.0 Global Languages Department
VMA-161 Intro Digital Photography 3.0 Visual and Media Arts