Our Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative began in 2011, when students voted to invest in the development of free textbooks. TCC matched the funds the students put up and hired a full-time OER coordinator. She worked with instructors on an opt-in basis to develop OER, starting with our highest-enrolled classes.
To date, we've saved students an estimated $3.5 million on textbooks. And students and teachers agree that the savings are just one benefit of OER. These peer-reviewed materials are flexible, adaptable, and easy to update. They use up-to-the-minute examples and enhance student learning.
Our faculty aren't required to use OER. For some classes, a traditional textbook is still the best solution. But many instructors have been eager to pioneer a practice that helps students afford college. And we are all proud to be nationally recognized as a leader in OER.