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Open Educational Resources at RTC: OER Heroes

OER Heroes at RTC

Zak Rubin, Bachelors of Computer Network Architecture

OER project final results:

1. Canvas course , this canvas course includes video recordings and screen shares with closed captions and ASL interpreters.

2., After students read the book "Think Like a Computer Scientist", they do their work here. The reason for this is so that students can use Pycharm IDE which is a real software engineering tool.


1. The selected resources for the OER edition of this class are not only freely available and open-source, they come with excellent documentation and an active community.

2. The survey conducted at the end of the course showed students overwhelmingly prefer OERs. 100% of students said they would like to stick with free and open source resources for the remainder of the program. Nearly all students felt that educational quality was as good as when they used paid resources.

Bitmoji cartoon of instructor Nizar Ali swinging from a chandelier and smiling, with the word "ESL" belowNizar Ali, Basic Studies - ELA

OER title/content used: College Skills - Intermediate English


1. The instructor made some changes in the way of delivering the course materials and adding some of his own touches to make it even more engaging and interesting to the students.

2. The instructor used the same common creative license used by the author in the original OER to share the resources he designed with other educators.


Bitmoji cartoon of instructor Alma Meza sitting with a book on top of a green check mark. Alma Meza, College and Career Pathways

OER title/content will be created:

A textbook that helps students to understand how to do research, the veracity of the sources, how to cite, how to complete a bibliography, what a glossary is and how to create it, etc.

All of the high school equivalency classes are contextualized and this textbook includes learning objectives in the areas of Social Science, Math, the use of technology, and Reading and Writing.



Beatric Favre and Heather Inge, Early Childhood Education

OER project final result: Redesign two 5-credit courses (Beatrice), and a 2-credit course (Heather)

Challenge (Beatrice):

1. Using OER materials is different from using learning materials by following the copyright laws. It’s difficult to differentiate the two concepts.

2. To balance between requirements based on the OER grant and providing learning resources that directly align with the learning outcomes.


1. Students had everything they needed to get started and learn. This helped instructor to focus on the important topics that should be shared at the beginning of the quarter.

2. Students appreciated the variety of relevant and attractive learning materials in different format and media, and were able to conduct their own research on the topics they chose.

Rick Geist, Welding and Jawahir Ali, College and Career Pathways


We completed a Canvas master where we continued to edit and add to it before, during and after teaching a hybrid blueprinting class winter 2021. In the master class we included pictures and drawings created by students from assignments and welding projects. Below are the textbooks we created:


At first, we printed the textbook for students but eventually we asked students to start to work exclusively online. We trained students to submit their assignments on canvas and complete quizzes online. Students also had a lot of hands-on projects in the welding lab so they can use what they learned from the textbooks and class lectures.


Melvin Hortman, Engineering Technologies Instructor

OER created: Introduction to SolidWorks - Simple Book Publishing


This book is designed to introduce the SolidWorks software as well as provide tutorials for modeling parts, assemblies, and completing drawings from the mechanical designer’s perspective. It is also designed to prepare students for earning the SolidWorks Associate Certificate. 


1. Students found little problem comprehending the text compared to more traditional texts on the subject but asked for more real-world engagement with the topics discussed in the OER.

2. The text would be out of date within five years due to the everchanging nature of the topic. The author/instructor likes to share this resources with other SBCTC instructors, and welcome adapting/editing if needed in the future.  

Eunice Graham, Math Instructor
OER created: Culinary Math Canvas course and Pressbook


Developing my own OER was extremely empowering, as it gave me a sense of agency of what I taught and how I taught it. It also worked very well for the students, not only in saving them textbook fees, but also in giving them a course laid out for their specific needs.


The main challenge to developing my own OER course was the time commitment involved. However, I feel that I more than recouped the time by not having to revise and replan materials that didn't serve student needs well.