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Athens Technical College (ATC) has been involved in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives from their early foundations in online learning to moving towards a community of practice.  Examples of our OER efforts include professional development opportunities for faculty and staff,  building a repository of open content, and formation of an OER Committee with representation across campus.  In 2012, ATC received a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant which in part provided funding and support for OER initiatives. This opportunity enabled the CTL team to scale OER integrations through administration-faculty partnerships, including establishment of an OER steering committee; and lead efforts to reduce costs for students attending the College.The CTL’s portfolio of initiatives include: Raising awareness and collaborating with faculty including formation of an OER Committee Learning more about OER and Open communities through networking and professional development (OpenEd Conference, Symposium on the Textbook, OSCON, among others)  and participating in MOOCs (OER MOOC from BC Campus) Serving as advocates across campus and regionally through curating and creating materials, presenting at conferences, and other opportunities  such as participating in OpenAccess Week 2014 Investing in technology to support OER Developing a learning object repository to store and share digital…

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Here are a few Open Access resources to get you started (and don’t forget you can search many social media and sharing websites like Flickr and Youtube by rights): Learn about OER CTL’s curated resources: Free on the Internet (Overview of OER, Tools & Tips) http://goo.gl/sXVXy5 OA/OER Brief http://goo.gl/5HVfXq Searching Tips (Internet Archive, Google) http://goo.gl/MHKcEH Rights / Copyright Tools http://goo.gl/aYNyHj This document http://goo.gl/KZ7Bex   OE Consortium – Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) , http://oerconsortium.org/ ;  Webinars http://www.oeconsortium.org/resources/webinars/ Open 4 Us, http://open4us.org ; Webinars http://open4us.org/events/ College Open Textbooks http://collegeopentextbooks.org/ Affordable Learning Georgia http://affordablelearninggeorgia.org/ Merlot http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm Searching by rights Creative Commons search: http://search.creativecommons.org/ DPLA (all formats, some public domain): http://dp.la/ Internet archive (all formats; some public domain; can limit to rights via advanced searching, https://archive.org/advancedsearch.php ): http://archive.org ; Georgia related items http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/iadl_search.html Library of Congress (all formats; some works in public domain) : http://catalog.loc.gov/ Open Access library: http://www.oalib.com/ University of Montana list of public domain (books, manuscripts, music, maps, visual art) http://libguides.lib.umt.edu/content.php?pid=119432&sid=1042278   Search collections by format Books CTL’s Evolving list https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lT13shffVXVqVODqm0crC5fHupRjtoypoaN5jZw1ILY/edit Affordable Learning Georgia http://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/find_textbooks/open_textbooks Amazon Kindle Public Domain books: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?node=154606011&p_15=public%20domain Georgia Download Destination : http://gadd.lib.overdrive.com/EC22239B-CAE9-4F57-AAF0-CA4160193BB5/10/50/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm Google books (some public domain) http://books.google.com/ ; to limit searching to public…

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Ideas to get faculty involved in OER Make it easy for faculty Identify OER for specific courses and share it with faculty Training in tools Partnerships & mentoring Between OER staff and faculty Between faculty – can they collaborate on resources? e.g., one biology book for all Between faculty and students – can students – or select students – help write or edit some of the OER? Help identify OER? (this can all be part of coursework) GIve them a reason to do it (money, prestige, part of tenure process, etc – money was mentioned several times.) Have a few physical copies (printed) of what an open book actually looks like – they may need to see an actual textbook. Identify appropriate human resources Find innovators and get them on board Get the word out to stakeholders – whoever is making textbook decisions Get support from administration Staffing for OER Notes from the OpenEd Conference in 2014 by the Portal Manager, Robin Fay.   Download (PDF, 246KB)

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