Open Educational Resources (OER): OER at CSCC

This Research Guide will assist students and faculty in searching for open educational resources (OER).


Open Educational Resources that have been revised, remixed, or created by faculty at CSCC can be accessed through the CSCC Open Texts Hub. New content will be added to this repository as each OER team completes its work.

OER Faculty Application Now Open

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee is seeking applications from faculty interested in developing Open Educational Resources (OERs). OER projects can contain pre-existing complete OER ebooks, a mix of many open resources, or faculty-created content. Projects may have digital course content upgrades that include OER (with at least 6 digital assets), as well as smaller projects such as an ebook/Open Textbook Adoption requiring little to no modification to the text. (Please note that digital enhancement work is available outside of this OER project process; please reach out to the Faculty Assistance Center for this service.)  


To apply, please visit to find the OER Definitions resource page and complete the OER Faculty Application Online Form. If you have questions, please contact an OER faculty fellow. Current fellows are Professor of English Don Bruce, Instructor of Business Programs Duane Donaldson, and Professor of Mathematics Jennifer Dragoo. Applicants are encouraged to apply during Spring 2023 so they can begin project planning and start their work in Summer 2023 or Autumn 2023. (Su23 applications due Friday, April 14; Au23 applications due Friday, June 9, 2023.)

Open Texts @ Columbus State

Open Texts @ Columbus State offers the opportunity for faculty to have time, library support, and technical support to adopt, adapt, or create open educational resources for their courses. If you are curious about what OER material might already exist for your subject area, please explore the Discover OER by Subject and Discover OER tabs of this guide. Keep in mind that open textbooks and course material can be revised, mixed with other open resources, or updated if they aren't exactly what you need for your course. 

Interested faculty are encouraged to speak with an OER Faculty Fellow or contact the library, to find out more about this initiative. In order to participate, the proposed project should significantly reduce or eliminate student textbook cost for the course. 

Open Texts @ Columbus State Faculty Video

Kotobee eBook Authoring Platform Template Tutorials

If you are working with DEIS to create an eBook for your OER materials, here are some brief tutorials to help you get started. Ask your instructional designer for the Kotobee template zip package so that you can follow along with the tutorials below.

Kotobee eBook Template Tutorials
Tutorials for Windows Users Tutorials for Mac Users
1 How to Get the E-Book Files (2:05) 1 How to Get the E-Book Files (1:20)
Understanding the Template Files (3:38) 2  Understanding the Template Files (3:32)

3 Setting Up Your Chapter File in Word (1:54)

3 Setting Up Your Chapter File in Word (1:52)
4 Working with Chapter Text (11:57) 4 Working with Chapter Text (7:28)
5 Copying and Pasting Text (5:38) 5 Copying and Pasting Text (5:03)


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