With the COVID-19 crisis, there is an urgent need for digital course materials to fill the gaps left by publishers’ textbooks, which are often not available as e-versions, either through the campus library’s reserve collection or otherwise. To address this need, community colleges in California and elsewhere are turning to Open Educational Resources (OER)—including open textbooks and ancillary resources—to build out their online course content. Through open licensing that allows faculty to integrate OER into their course management systems and to adapt the resources to meet learners where they are, these colleges and their faculty are finding the flexibility needed for emergency remote courses. At the same time, they are able to address requirements for culturally relevant, engaging materials for their learners in the online setting.
This panel session will present the findings from a Michelson 20MM Foundation Spark Grant study conducted by ISKME to explore how community colleges are utilizing OER to support the shift to online and remote learning in response to COVID-19. The session will include presentations and discussions by Jodie Steeley, Fresno City College, on her college’s response to the COVID crises through the use of OER, followed by Fresno City faculty and student use cases that demonstrate implementation of the college’s OER-supported model for emergency remote learning . The panel will conclude with a discussion by ISKME on the Michelson Spark Grant research findings that extrapolates Fresno City College’s insights into implications for other colleges, before opening the discussion across panelists and to the audience on their local challenges and needs related to emergency remote learning and OER.