OER Guide: Getting Started

Quick Overview of Open Educational Resources

Open Texts @ CSCC

Open Texts at 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. 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 can apply here! In order to participate, the proposed project should significantly reduce or eliminate student textbook cost for the course. 

The Deadlines to apply are:

Deadline for Sp25 applications: October 11th, 2024


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"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation."  UNESCO


Why Open Education Matters

Two Columbus State students discuss the impact of high textbook costs.

"Open Texts @ Columbus State Student Involvement" by Columbus State Community College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0

OER in Context

“As open educational resources, textbooks thus pose an interesting set of problems. We begin by acknowledging that a textbook, if it is used at all, is never used in isolation. It is part of a complex mixture of supporting materials organized and ultimately translated through the voice of the instructor. In fact, it might even be appropriate to say that in the context of the course, the instructor is the only author worthy of the term. It is the instructor’s creation of a syllabus and lesson plan, his or her choice of pedagogical materials, and her gloss on these materials in the form of lectures or comments that represent the true authorial voice.”

Cummings, Mark. "What Is a Textbook." Choice360.com, 2 Jan. 2018, 


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