The Year of Open 2017

2017 is the Year of Open. Here are 10 ways you can participate.

  1. Learn about open educational resources at our college OER website found at During the 2016-2017 academic year, SBVC faculty have saved students approximately over $180,000 on textbooks!
  2. Participate in the 2017 Open Education Week 3/27-3/31. Open Education Week is a celebration of the global OER movement and it is an opportunity to connect with educators using OER in their classrooms.
  3. The SBVC Academic Senate is hosting an OER Special Meeting on 3/29 3pm as part of Open Education Week. Join us and find out the latest trends in OER.
  4. Join the SBVC OER Ad Hoc Committee which meets the third Tuesday of the month from 2pm-3pm in AD/SS 207 on campus (Feb., March, April, Sept., Oct., and Nov.).
  5. Follow SBVC OER on Twitter at @oerSBVC.
  6. Partake in OER Professional Development activities either on campus or online. Go to > Professional Development folder.
  7. Learn about the different types of Creative Commons open licenses at
  8. Become a member of the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) repository and gain access to a multitude of resources in your discipline. Consider peer reviewing OER materials for your discipline.
  9. Start a discussion about OER materials with your discipline colleagues.
  10. Adopt OER in one or more of your classes and help SBVC students save money on textbooks!