SBVC Academic Senate Celebrates Open Education Week

On Wednesday March 29th, the SBVC Academic Senate will be hosting a special OER meeting to celebrate the Open Education Week. Open Education Week brings awareness to open educational resources around the globe. Now in its fifth year of inception, Open Education Week is organized by the Open Education Consortium.

The open education movement at SBVC is growing as more faculty adopt OER in their courses. Some of the topics that we will be covered include OER funding opportunities, Canvas Commons, and digital learning platforms, including Open Stax partner vendor  information.

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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!

Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution -PIRGs Report

In 2015, the Student Public Interest Groups (Student PIRGs) published a report titled Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution, which reviewed data collected from five different college pilot programs which encouraged faculty to replace their traditional instructional materials with openly licensed educational resources (OER). This report also analyzed the potential of open textbooks and open licensing as an alternative to traditional copyrighted textbooks. Continue reading

Open Textbooks, Think OpenStax


OpenStax the leader in the open textbook movement, was founded in 1999 Richard Baraniuk, an electrical engineering professor at Rice University. The open textbook publisher is funded by various philanthropic organizations, most notably the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill and & Melinda Gates Foundation, and 20MM Foundation among others.

OpenStax offers openly licensed textbooks for 23 of the 25 highest enrolled introductory college courses and it will soon release Astronomy, University Physics, Elementary Algebra, and Microbiology. All textbooks are peer reviewed and updated regularly as necessary. Click here for a complete list of OpenStax textbooks. Continue reading

The Most Expensive Textbooks by Major

Priceonomics analyzed textbook data using University of Virginia’s fall 2015 textbook list. The data analyzed included the cost of 5,000 textbooks for approximately 750 courses.

The findings showed the following top five disciplines as having the highest average textbook cost per class. Click here for the complete list of the top 31 disciplines with the highest average textbook costs. Continue reading