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Texas Toolkit for OER Course Markings (a living guide): Examples

Texas joins California, Oregon, and Washington as one of the first states in the United States to pass legislation requiring OER course markings. Course marking processes have also been implemented in other states due to institutional or system-wide initiatives. These examples represent a variety of methods adopted at institutions around the globe to increase transparency in communicating OER or affordable resource use.

Electronic Schedule Integration

A growing number of institutions integrate OER filters into the university's schedule of classes; many institutions adopt the broader vocabulary of free, zero-cost, affordable, or low-cost resources. This strategy makes OER use highly visible by centering resource costs as a search option for students.

Austin Community College's course schedule has a highly visible, user friendly search filter, as shown below.

Austin Community College's Course Schedule includes a filter for Open Educational Resources/Zero Textbook Cost.

 

Customization of some student information systems can be difficult and/or cost prohibitive, resulting in functionality that isn't intuitive. For example, the University of Texas at Arlington's free and low-cost educational resources are included in a course attribute drop-down menu under advanced search options. Instructions on navigating the schedule of classes to identify free and low-cost educational resources are included in a "Find OER Courses" guide and shared with advisors via a downloadable informational flyer.

From the search screen in UTA's Schedule of Classes, open the Additional Search Criteria options.At the bottom of the screen select "Educational Resources Cost" from the Course Attribute drop-down menu.

ACC and UTA Video Demonstration

This video demonstrates functionality of free and low-cost course markings integrated into the schedule of classes at the University of Texas at Arlington and Austin Community College in compliance with Texas Senate Bill 810.

OER Information for Prospective Students

Institutions also use OER and affordability efforts as a recruiting tool. Maricopa Community Colleges, home of Maricopa Millions, offer a step-by-step guide to finding OER for potential and incoming students, as shown below.

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Print Schedule Integration

Screenshot of OER logo in print schedule of classes

Institutions that issue print catalogs may experience increased flexibility for developing branded symbols as a visual way to mark courses that use affordable resources. In the example above from Columbia Gorge Community College, "Gorge Open" and "Low-Go" symbols, along with descriptive text, represent courses that use resources costing $50 and under in the schedule of classes.

Stand-Alone Lists

screenshot of Lane Community College's list of low-cost and no-cost instructional materials available at https://www.lanecc.edu/sites/default/files/oer/2018_winter_oer.pdfSome institutions develop stand-alone lists of courses that use OER or affordable resources. Explore the example from Lane Community College shown in the image above.

Other Examples

Nicole Finkbeiner of OpenStax manages a survey of institutions that allow students to search class schedules for OER, Zero Textbook Cost, No Cost, and Low-Cost Course materials.

Report Marking at Your Institution

As of December 2019, representatives of 49 institutions completed the survey.

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  • Alamo College District
  • Allan Hancock College
  • American River College
  • Angelo State University
  • Austin Community College District
  • Blue Mountain Community College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Butte Community college
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • College of Lake County
  • College of the Canyons
  • Columbia Gorge CC
  • Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
  • CUNY
  • Frederick Community College
  • Fulton-Montgomery Community College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Hartnell College
  • Houston Community College
  • Klamath Community College
  • Lassen Community College
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Maricopa Community Colleges
  • MiraCosta College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Montgomery College, MD.
  • Nicolet College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Oxnard College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Portland Community College
  • Reynolds Community College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Rogue Community College
  • Saddleback College
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • San Antonio College
  • San Jacinto College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Santa Monica College
  • Shasta College
  • Tarrant County College Southeast
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Umpqua Community College
  • University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges and University of Hawaiʻi System
  • University of Texas at Arlington