Category Archives: Information

Launching OER Degree Pathways

Achieving the Dream is a non-profit organization working to improve student success for community college students across the country through leadership, support, innovative strategies, and projects.

The organization awarded grant funding as part of its Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative to 38 community colleges across 13 states to develop zero textbook cost degree pathways. Recently Achieving the Dream detailed progress on its initiative in a report titled: Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons.

Here are some of the main findings from the report: Continue reading


Join the Rebus Community

The Rebus Community is a non-profit organization funded by the Hewlett Foundation and dedicated to supporting and collaborating with faculty, librarians, and others to write and develop open educational resources and open textbooks. Faculty and others can collaborate on OER projects or receive support to develop their own OER materials.

The main goal of the Rebus Community is “to help a global community publish great Open Textbooks and associated content in every subject, in every language” (Rebus Community). The Rebus Community also partners with numerous organizations working to advance open textbooks and resources such as BC Campus, Open Oregon, and the Open Textbook Network among others. Continue reading

Non-Credit Courses and OER

Non-credit courses require no fees and students do not receive college credit or official grades. College programs across the campus might be interested in developing non-credit courses to help students succeed in college, prepare for a major or course of study, and gain marketable skills. Non-credit courses however can impede some students from succeeding due to the cost of instructional materials that might be required for some non-credit courses.

Here are some examples of topics and OER which can be used to develop non-credit courses. Continue reading

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 images for free and unrestricted use

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has made over 375,000 of its public domain images free and available for unrestricted use by the public. In addition, it is providing data on over 420,000 museum objects spanning more than 5,000 years. This means that anyone can use, re-use, and remix a work without restriction. This announcement will shape the future of public domain images online and underscores the Met’s leadership role as one of the most important open museum collections in the world.

“Sharing is fundamental to how we promote discovery, innovation, and collaboration in the digital age,” said Creative Commons Ryan Merkley. “Today, The Met has given the world a profound gift in service of its mission: the largest museum in the United States has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise prohibit access to its content, and invited the world to use, remix, and share their public domain collections widely and without restriction.”

Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas P. Campbell concurs: “In making images of our public-domain artworks available to audiences under CC0, the Museum is adapting its practice to make our collection available in a way that best meets the needs of 21st-century, digital audiences. We are excited to share with the public new pathways to creativity, knowledge, and ideas as manifest in the greater utility of its collections spanning 5,000 years of art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art thanks Creative Commons, an international leader in collaboration, sharing, and copyright, for beings our partner in this effort.”

To access the Met’s collection of free images go to:

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC, CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Creative Commons Releases New Informational Video

Have you developed your own instructional materials such as handouts, class activities, or quizzes among others? Do you have a desire to share your intellectual content? Creative Commons makes it easy for you to openly license your work and communicate to others in what ways they can adopt and use your intellectual property. Once you have openly licensed your work, you can submit it to the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) repository so colleagues in your discipline can access.

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Check out this new video by Creative Commons.

When you take a photo, make music or shoot a video it’s yours, you own it. You also own the copyright. Which means you decide how it is used and who can use it and if it can be copied and shared (or remixed). Creative Commons is a set of licenses that enable lawful collaboration to do things like copy, share and remix. Creative Commons is a way to give permission to everyone to freely reuse your creative works.

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!