*"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."*

You're in the right place! This guide is made with beginners in mind, but will hopefully be a useful tool throughout your OER journey.

**Learn about the foundation of OER **by reading about copyright and open licensing on the next page of this guide.

**Find some resources:** Open textbooks might be a good place to start, but there is so much more!

**Think about accessibility.** OER are more than just digital resources, but many operate in digital spaces. Access and design for all learners is important!

**Consider authoring and/or sharing your own OER!** If you have created something that could be useful to other educators/learners, or even if you remix some open content in a new way, consider sharing it!

This is a partial list of textbooks adopted by faculty at Wright. Please reach out to department chairs and colleagues for the most current materials.

- Anatomy and Physiology by James A. Wise; Mark Womble; Kelly A. Young; J. Gordon Betts; Peter DeSaix; Eddie Johnson; Jody E. Johnson; Oksana Korol; Dean H. Kruse; Brandon PoeISBN: 9781938168130Publication Date: 2013-06-01Used by Mira Kolodkin, Noah Marshall, Erin Lambers, and Darlene Attiah for Biology 226 and Biology 227.

"This book is offered as a low-cost alternative if students choose not to purchase the textbook. The book has strong descriptions and illustrations. The book aligns very well with course objectives." - Concepts of Biology by Samantha Fowler; Rebecca Roush; James WiseISBN: 1938168119Publication Date: 2013-01-01Used by Alicia Anzaldo for Biology 121

"This textbook provides all of the content needed for introductory biology along with chapter summaries, review questions, and great figures." - American Government 2e by Glen Krutz; Sylvie WaskiewiczISBN: 9781947172654Publication Date: 2019-02-21From Merry Mayer, Assistant Professor, for Political Science 201:

"I find this textbook to be both remarkably succinct and thorough on what needs to be covered. And since the textbook is free and concisely written, it enables me to incorporate at least one non-textbook that is both fun and informative about a particular aspect of our governing system." - International Relations by Stephen McGlincheyISBN: 9781910814178Publication Date: 2017-01-02From Merry Mayer, Assistant Professor, for Political Science 204:

"What makes this book different from many other IR textbooks is that each chapter is written by a different scholar and only one is from the U.S. This gives the students the perspectives from a wide range of international scholars, which I think is an incredible plus when we are studying the subject." - Perspectives by Nina Brown (Editor); Laura Tubelle de Gonzalez (Editor); Thomas McIlwraith (Editor)ISBN: 9781931303552Publication Date: 2018-04-13From Beverly Bennett, Social Sciences: "I’ve been using this for Cultural Anthropology, ANTHRO 202; and it’s worked quite well. It covers major topics, and I add in readings on others I want to cover, including two major topics, plus articles. I omit a few chapters, and portions of a couple others. But I’ve been happy with it overall, and very glad to have a free textbook. This e-book comes with additional teaching supplements, including PowerPoints, discussion questions, activities, recommended films (unfortunately all seem to be expensive purchases), and assignments."

Jo Zalea Matias, Anthropology: "Perspectives does an excellent job of meeting my student learning outcomes by providing students with a knowledge and understanding of basic anthropological concepts and vocabulary, as well as basic anthropological approaches to concepts like sex and gender, religion, etc." - Chemistry 2e by Paul Flowers; Klaus Theopold; Richard Langley; Edward J. Neth; William R. RobinsonISBN: 9781947172623Publication Date: 2019-02-14Used by Prof. Warren Menezes for Chemistry courses
- Applied Discrete Structures by Ken Levasseur; Al DoerrISBN: 9781105559297Publication Date: 2012-02-25Used by Hellen Colman for Math 146: Discrete Math

"This is the perfect textbook for an entry level Discrete Math course which includes all topics we teach in Math 146 plus some extra material no needed in our class. Content is accurate and the text is very clear. Offers examples with solutions as well as a list of exercises which includes Sage cells. The use of the open source Sage is clearly a plus since it is a free book that does not requires expensive proprietary software. " - Calculus Volume 2 by Gilbert Strang; Edwin "Jed" HermanISBN: 9781947172142Publication Date: 2016-03-30Used by Hellen Colman for Math 208: Calculus 2

"This book meets all standard evaluation criteria: is mathematically sound and written in standard English, proofread and edited. It has many exercises, provides answers to some and has a robust community of users. OpenStax provides a clear mechanism to suggest corrections and it is overall more accurate than any commercial book. This book covers all Calculus topics in a typical Calculus course, in particular it covers all SLO in our syllabus. Moreover, Minnesota State University created a course cartridge for this book to integrate into Brightspace." - A First Course in Linear Algebra by Robert A. BeezerISBN: 9780984417551Publication Date: 2012-12-01Used by Hellen Colman for Math 212: Linear Algebra

"An introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, along with an introduction to the techniques of formal mathematics. Numerous worked examples and exercises, along with precise statements of definitions and complete proofs of every theorem, make the text ideal for independent study." - Math in Society by David LippmanISBN: 1479276537Publication Date: 2012-09-07Used by Julius Nadas for Math 118

"Two of the twenty five SLO's are not covered in the book, so I have had to supplement it with information on these topics: (1) Use z-scores (standard scores) to compare the relative position of data from different distributions. (2) Apply the principles of a normal distribution to real-life data that is normally distributed. But the book does a great job with the other 23 SLO's and it has many useful examples."

Open source software used in all my courses (Prof. Hellen Colman):

Mathematical software: Sage

Typesetting system: LaTeX

Online course management and assessment system: MyOpenMath

CCC Faculty Testimonials

On adopting OER...

I have been a strong supporter of OER for several years and, since spring of 2019, I am letting students know that they don't need to purchase a paper copy of the OER textbook. Even though it only costs $15.00 new or $5.00 used, a PDF version is available for free online. Either option is much less expensive than the My Math Lab book for $126.75.

Julius Nadas, Distinguished Professor

Department of Mathematics, Wright College

On creating OER…

The best textbook I found for one of my courses is over $200. I knew that I could deliver the same information, but I was worried if students missed a class, how would they read and get the information without a textbook? I attended meetings on OER at conferences, and the best lesson I learned was that you should start small. I began by making PowerPoints that could act as a textbook for the key-terms and concepts. Do not try to change an entire course and write an entire textbook at first. Start with a handout or activity. Look at OpenStax, OER Commons and others to see what is already available. You could be surprised at what is out there that would work for you, your classes, and your students.

Nancy Wyss, Assistant Professor

Department of Social Sciences, Wright College

For my sabbatical project, I thought it was important to begin creating an OER Spanish 101 manual for students. My two main reasons were a more personalized text and cost to students. The latter is very appealing because students can access the text online for free or print the text for the cost of photocopies. The former reason is even more significant in that I was able to create a text that had the goals, organization, and orientation that I desired. I did not want culture to be an "add-on" but incorporated into the text. I wanted a text that would speak to our (Wright, CCC, community college, Chicago, Latinx) population and OER allowed me to create a manual that could hopefully provide more interest to students and more representation and equity among them.

The biggest challenges were accessing non-copyright images and articles to incorporate. However, I did find already posted OER materials - other textbooks and guides - that proved really useful in terms of content and layout.

Anna Proffit, Assistant Professor

Department of Humanities & World Languages, Wright College

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