As outlined in the Faculty Handbook: "Some departments have selected the books faculty should use in certain courses. Check the course outline to see what books are required or recommended. Except when there is a department-approved text, instructors are free to decide on the textbooks they wish to use. However, keep in mind that students may need to purchase very expensive textbooks for several classes, so consider the cost when selecting materials" (p. 17).
These documents contain excellent information.
Use the table of contents in the UNESCO guide to get a detailed explanation of a specific topic.
Purpose—to create the nation’s first free open source digital library for college. Grants undergraduates free access to online textbooks for 50 of the most common courses at California public colleges. Students can also pay $20 for a hard copy, arranged through the campus bookstore.
History—September 2012, the California State Senate passed two bills (signed by Governor Jerry Brown), SB 1052 and SB 1053, designed to provide students at public postsecondary institutions with access to free digital textbooks for popular lower division courses and to open source the curriculum to facility members.
SB 1052—established a faculty-run council called the California Open Education Resources Council (COERC) to select and develop the free digital textbooks for students at state universities and community colleges.
By January 1, 2020, publishers of textbooks used at the UC, CSU, CCC, or private postsecondary educational institutions, to the extent practicable, must make textbooks available in whole or in part for sale in an electronic format and requires the electronic format to contain the same content as the printed version. (Education Code § 66410).
SB 1053—created the California Digital Open Source Library to host the books.
California Open Education Resources Council—nine members drawn from the UC, CSU, and community colleges, create and oversee the book approval process, including choosing the courses, then solicit bids to produce the textbooks.
Creative Commons License —books created under the council must be under this license and encoded in XML (or appropriate format) so they can be reused, including outside California.
Evaluate the OER to make sure it is meeting the needs of the course, yourself, your students, and our institution.
Achieve, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization, has established rubrics for evaluating OER, and these rubrics are used in the OER Commons website to evaluate OER. They have identified eight areas to consider: