Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative

We know that paying for textbooks can be a burden, and we want to help. Beginning Spring Semester 2017, BHCC will offer a limited number of courses that are textbook-free through the Open Education Resources (OER) Initiative at BHCC.

What is OER?

Open educational resources (OER) are educational resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a copyright license that permits anyone to freely use and repurpose them. The resources can be textbooks, articles, videos, activities and other materials used in your classes.

What are we doing here at BHCC?

BHCC is rolling out a new program, the OER Initiative, which aims to create entire courses that utilize OER materials. Faculty members are designing courses around the OER materials to allow students to get the most out of their classes without having to purchase a costly textbook.

BHCC is one of 38 community colleges across the country to participate in the OER Initiative, which is sponsored by Achieving the Dream. The project aims to boost college access and completion, particularly for underserved students.

What classes will be available?

You can browse for OER classes in the same way that you register for your other classes. OER courses will be denoted as Z (e.g. PSY101-WB1Z). You can browse available courses in the Student Planning tab of Self Service by choosing Open Educational Resources (OER) or "Z" Courses from the Topic dropdown. For a list of OER courses, see below.

How do I register?

Registration for OER classes is the same as your normal registration process. Visit bhcc.edu/registration for how and when to register.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

Current students can contact their advisor with any questions regarding registration for OER courses. You can find your advisor on the Advising Tab in Student Planning.

 

OER courses being offered in Summer 2017

Z course Course title Faculty
ENG-095-A4CZ & ENG-111-A7CZ Accelerated English Cluster (Writing Skills II and College Writing I) Whitman, Rob
ENG-171-WBZ Oral/Interpersonal Communication Poole, Monica
MAT-094-BD2Z College Algebra  Abukhidejeh, Khaled
MAT-094-BD4Z College Algebra  Abukhidejeh, Khaled
PSY-101-WB1Z Introduction to Psychology  Mullin, Greg
PSY-101-WB2Z Introduction to Psychology  Mullin, Greg

OER courses being offered in Fall 2017

Z course Course title Faculty
ECE-207-01Z Literacy Development & Learning Geisser, Mary
ECO-202-05Z Microeconomics Soro, Torna Omar 
ENG-095-13Z Writing Skills II Fiske, John
ENG-095-26CZ & ENG-111-41CZ Accelerated English Cluster (Writing Skills II and College Writing I) Whitman, Rob
ENG-095-36CZ & ENG-111-49CZ Accelerated English Cluster (Writing Skills II and College Writing I) Paul, Ashley
ENG-111-18Z College Writing I Ruch, Alison
ENG-111-28Z College Writing I Ruch, Alison
ENG-111-42Z College Writing I Ruch, Alison
ENG-111-53Z College Writing I Ruch, Alison
ENG-171-WBZ Oral/Interpersonal Communication Poole, Monica
ENV-115-H1Z Earth Science Reichert, Krista  
GEO-101-WBZ World Regional Geography Robinson, Andre  
LIT-206-02Z English Literature II Nelson, Whitney
MAT-097-06Z Foundations of Algebra  Combs, Michael 
MAT-097-16Z Foundations of Algebra  Combs, Michael 
MAT-098-01CZ  & MAT-181-11CZ Accelerated Math Cluster (Pre-Statistics and Introduction to Statistics) Frye, Jie 
MAT-098-02CZ & MAT-181-14CZ Accelerated Math Cluster (Pre-Statistics and Introduction to Statistics) Kang, Sunny
MAT-099-17CZ & MAT-194-04CZ Accelerated  Math Cluster (Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra) Abukhidejeh, Khaled
PSY-101-13HZ Introduction to Psychology  Mullin, Greg
PSY-101-18Z Introduction to Psychology  Mullin, Greg
PSY-101-WB1Z Introduction to Psychology  Mullin, Greg
PSY-101-WB2Z Introduction to Psychology  Mullin, Greg
SOC-101-WB1Z Introduction to Sociology Sarpy, Latasha
SOC-101-WB2Z Introduction to Sociology Sarpy, Latasha
SPN-101-02Z Elementary Spanish I Celis, Roger 
SPN-101-WB1Z Elementary Spanish I Celis, Roger 
VMA-161-T1Z Digital Photography Sweeney, Marla