The MCO OER Repository Project provides a space and process for faculty and staff at Michigan Community Colleges to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute Open Educational Resources.
This initiative is guided by the OER Steering Committee. The committee will help guide the statewide community college OER efforts which include: assisting with the selection of the platform for hosting open educational resources; creation of policies/procedures; promotion of college OER activities; sharing resources available to assist colleges in their OER activities, and training and marketing of the opportunities available at the MCO Repository. Members of the steering committee include faculty, librarians, distance education administrators, chief academic officers, and other staff from the MCO member institutions.
The MCO works with the 28 Michigan community colleges to track OER usage at each institution. These reports can be generated on a semester basis and are available under Reports > OER Usage.
Member colleges are able to develop, upload, and share OER through the Michigan Colleges Online Hub (powered by OER Commons). This repository contains collections that can be viewed by discipline or by college.
MI OER Technical Training Sessions
The 2019 MI OER Summit was held on October 18, 2019 and hosted by Delta College.
Links to the presentations and keynote can be found here.
The 2018 MI OER Summit was held on September 21, 2018 and hosted by St. Clair County Community College.
Keynote speech by Dr. Chris Gilliard can be viewed here.
2017 MI OER Summit was held on September 22, 2017 and hosted by Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI).
Keynote speech by Dr. Robin DeRosa can be viewed here.
MCO OER Wiki
This wiki is a place for Michigan community college staff and faculty to share documents, including policies, processes, and projects related to their use of open educational resources on campus.
Michigan Community College Librarians LibGuide
Resources for Michigan Community College Librarians providing information, training, and support for faculty adoption of open educational resources.
OER Directory - annotated listing of OER repositories
OER 101 Document
Share how OER can benefit teaching and learning at your institution.
Research and articles related to the benefits of OER usage
Hilton, J. Education Tech Research Dev (2019). Open educational resources, student efficacy, and user perceptions: a synthesis of research published between 2015 and 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-019-09700-4. License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Jhangiani, R. S. & Biswas-Diener, R. (2017). Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbc. License: CC-BY 4.0
Examining Student Perception of an Open Statistics Book - August 2016
Open Education Group - The Open Education Group is an interdisciplinary research group that (1) conducts original, rigorous empirical research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and (2) designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption.
For up to date reports on OER usage across the state, visit the OER Usage page.
MCO OER Repository Usage
Michigan Colleges Online completed a grant proposal review focused on high-impact and collaborative projects that support the use of open educational resources (OER) to increase student retention and student success and reduce instructional costs for students. There are three types of grants awarded: Adoption of an open textbook; Adaption (remix/reuse) of an existing open textbook; and Development of ancillary resources or complete open textbook not already available.
Twelve grants were awarded to a total of 26 faculty representing six colleges and one ISD collaborator. Click here for a review of the successful grants.