There are many services available to support MHCC faculty who want to implement textbook affordability measures to benefit their students.
We can help you:
- Discover and apply for grants and stipends that fund release time to write OER content and publish under Creative Commons licenses
- Locate and utilize existing OER materials
- Assemble OERs to create course content customized to your curricular needs
- Create OER for a sabbatical project
- Get paid to peer-review OER content in regional and national programs
- And more!
Not sure where to begin?
Start with the Faculty Start-Up Checklist page!
Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)
The TLC can help you locate grants and stipends, learn more about OER Open Pedagogy, best practices with Textbook Affordability Initiatives, curriculum redesign and more!
The MHCC Library can help you navigate OER copyright and licensing issues, or locate OER, library resources, and other course materials.
The MHCC Library provides access to a plethora of scholarly resources that students have already paid for access
via tuition, so there is no out of pocket cost for them.
- If you are looking to replace whole textbooks with free resources, OER is probably the way to go
- If you are looking for supplementary learning materials like articles or reading lists, the library already may already have what you need
For additional information please check our guides on:
If you would like to use OER or other low/no cost course materials and would like copies on the shelves for your students the MHCC Bookstore is here to help!
The bookstore staff are available to help instructors make wise decisions for their students
as they navigate the complicated marketplace of textbook publishing companies. We are collaborating with the Library and Online Learning departments to support OER implementation across campus as well.
- For traditional publishers, generally we recommend instructors look at what students will end up paying, particularly any "Access Codes" to supplementary online content that can cost as much as $100 extra.
- For OER textbooks, we recommend you work with the Library to find the best content to meet your curricular needs, and then we can figure out pricing for print on demand of these otherwise online resources.
Online Learning can help you discover ways to incorporate OER into your online classes.
Disability Services Office (ADA Compliance)
The Disability Services Office can help you make sure your course materials, including OER, are ADA Compliant!
Mt. Hood Community College, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, is committed to maintaining practices, services, programs, and activities that provide equity and access to qualified individuals with disabilities. This includes delivery of on-line services and materials in accessible electronic format from the point of development, including Open Educational Resources (OER). Individuals with disabilities need to be able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same benefits and services within the same timeframe as nondisabled individuals with substantially equivalent ease of use.
~Adapted from MHCC’s Board Policy 1100 for purposes of integrating Open Educational Resources with MHCC curricula
MHCC Board Policy 1100: Equal Opportunity: Culture of Respect
MHCC Disability Services Office homepage