Open Educational Resources at ACC
ACC to lead a consortium of Texas colleges that create materials to share
The development of courses with no textbook costs, often referred to as “Z-Courses” (Zero Textbook-Cost Courses), is one of Austin Community College’s strategic initiatives in an effort to increase access and lower the student debt ratio for graduates.
Instructional Development hosted a Faculty Summer Institute dedicated to OER in June of 2016, with more than 35 faculty participants. Additional workshops and institutes are planned during the current academic year.
ACC is also part of a Texas consortium that received an Achieving the Dream Grant to develop fully OER programs. Our partners are San Jacinto Community College, El Paso Community College and the Alamo Colleges. The consortium members will collaborate during the next 18 months to develop a fully OER Associate of Arts degree in General Studies, a fully OER Associate of Science in General Studies. Learn more about this grant.
In June of 2016, Austin Community College became a member of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER).