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Open Educational Resources & Affordable Course Materials

The high price of course materials impacts both students and faculty at COCC. On this page, learn more about open educational resources (OER), finding textbooks for students, and lowering the cost of course materials for faculty.

Resources for Creating OER

Adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) can be rewarding, but it does take a lot of work! On this page, you'll find resources that will help you with the production of OER as well as the most recent updates about funding opportunities that can support you in your efforts.

Before getting started, if you want to learn more about OER or search for existing materials related to your subject, check out the About OER page

Getting Started How To

Attributions Step by Step, presentation by Amy Hofer walking through how to give credit to the authors of open content

Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know, five-step guide for faculty, and those who support faculty, who want to modify an open textbook.

Step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types are included.

Open Licenses Step by Step, presentation by Amy Hofer walking through the process of applying an open license to your published work

Open Textbook Toolkit, toolkit from the University of Toronto.

The toolkit has seven FAQs about creating open textbooks, from getting started to publishing and using OERs in the classroom.


Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, software for editing PDFs. Subscriptions currently start at $14.99 per month

Jing, create videos less than 5 minutes long from the same company that makes Camtasia

PicMonkey Basic, basic online photo editor that crops, rotates, sharpens, resizes, touches-up and marks-up images. Paid premium version offers more tools.

Pixlr, free online photo editor with an interface and tools similar to Photoshop

PowToon, animated videos using an impressive library of templates and art. The free version will produce videos with PowToon branding.

Pressbooks, export the text of an open book in MOBI, EPUB, and/or PDF for print-on-demand services. The free version will include Pressbooks watermarks. Contact if you'd like to set up an institutional Pressbooks account through OpenOregon.


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The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) funds grants for projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs. See Open Oregon Grants for opportunities.


All grant applications must first be submitted to the COCC Grants Office for approval.

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