In June, 2017, North Central State College, in collaboration with Ohio State and Ohio Dominican universities, and 15 other community colleges, received an Ohio Department of Higher Education Innovation Grant in the amount of $1,300,000. The grant was awarded to support the development of open educational resources (OER) and other materials in an effort to reduce the cost of textbooks for students. The culmination of that work will be presented here.
Faculty teams representing Ohio's 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, both public and private, put these guides together to present alternatives to commercial textbooks for Ohio students. Full course guides using OER materials are available for many of Ohio's high enrollment courses. They can be adopted in full or in part to meet the needs of course instructors. The courses have been divided into modules that meet the objectives of the Ohio Department of Higher Education's Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) and Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) guidelines.