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Open Textbooks, OER & Other Open or Free Resources for Faculty: OER Adoption Support at Kirkwood

A guide to exploring open textbook options for faculty.

OER People & Projects at Kirkwood

OER Support Around the College

There are many faculty and staff at Kirkwood who use OER, support faculty adoption of OER, or have the knowledge and expertise to help with specific issues. Ask one of your colleagues about OER today:

Kate Hess, Library Coordinator, Iowa City Campus

  • Guidance in the process of shifting from traditional course materials to OER
  • Offers KCELT classes on OER adoption
  • Support and assistance in locating and curating OERs for all disciplines
  • Support in navigating questions of copyright, Creative Commons licensing, and fair use

Emily McWorthy, Instructional Designer, Distance Learning

  • Support and assistance in locating and curating OERs for all disciplines
  • Support for integrating and linking OERs and important supplementary/ancillary materials into Talon.

Sue Miller, Access Services Librarian, Library Services

  • Support and assistance in locating and curating OERs for all disciplines

Faculty OER Adoption Program

Kirkwood Community College supports faculty adoption of open resources. Open resources benefit students and faculty by providing course materials at no or low cost, and customize materials to suit the needs of students and faculty. To read more about it see the complete program description.

Kirkwood's OER Blog

To see what your fellow faculty OER adopters are talking about, see our OER @ Kirkwood Faculty Blog.

Existing OER materials at Kirkwood

A great way to get started with OER adoption is to pool your efforts with other faculty teaching the same course or discipline. 

  1. Check out our OER at Kirkwood blog to see what other faculty at Kirkwood are up to.
  2. Contact Emily McWorthy for access to Talon shells with OER materials already loaded or in the works:
    1. Intro to Business (OpenStax)
    2. Intro to Sociology (OpenStax)
    3. Concepts in Biology (OpenStax)
    4. US History (OpenStax)
    5. Intro to Psychology (OpenStax)
    6. Macroeconomics (OpenStax)
    7. Elements of Writing/Comp 1/Comp 2
    8. Art Appreciation/Art History
    9. Anthropology
    10. Business/IT/Management (various)