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Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA, United States
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Type: Public 2-Year
Annual Enrollment: 26,611


OER LibGuide


The mission of Pasadena City College is to provide a high quality, academically robust learning environment that encourages, supports and facilitates student learning and success.

Pasadena City College has a very active OER initiative facilitated by a committee made up of representatives from across the campus community: administration, faculty, classified staff, and students. The initiative supports faculty interested in bringing OER into their classroom through professional development opportunities and one-on-one support. The efforts of the committee has been supported through various grants offered in California: AB 798 grant supporting PD, and the "ZTC" degree grants (planning and implementation phases). Pasadena City College plans to have a ZTC degree offered in Social and Behavioral Sciences with others to follow.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

OER Implementation Honorarium

The OER Implementation Honorarium is a grant-based opportunity offered to faculty teaching in the Social and Behavioral Sciences or a class in the general ed pattern known as IGETC to convert their class to 100% OER or zero-cost by the 18-19 academic year. The honorarium is set at $1500.

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Duration: 06/2018 - 09/2018

Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Awareness, OER Curation, OER Pedagogy, OER Publication, OER Review/Assessment, OER Research

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 30,000

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Conditions: Recipients are required to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Typical amount of each grant: $ 1,500

Other Resource

OER Policies

Resolution in support of Pasadena City College participation in the Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program of the College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015

In alignment with AB 798, this Academic Senate resolution supports and encourages PCC faculty to consider using high-quality, low cost or no cost, accessible textbook alternatives.

Duration: 03/2016 - Present

Policy Type: Resolution/Declaration

Policy Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Governance Level: Faculty Senate

Policy Text

OER Events

OER/ZTC Faculty Recognition Event

This event celebrates and recognizes the efforts and choices made by our faculty to make their classes part of the ZTC degree pathway or utilize OER with special guest David Harris, OpenStax chief editor.

Date: May 18, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Approximate Attendees: 50

Promotional Material

Finding and Evaluating Open Resources: OER, Copyright, and Accessibility

This workshop was framed around the increasing use of digital and open educational resources (OER) to enhance equitable access to education. Facilitators guided participants through two issues that impact instruction in these efforts: accessibility and copyright. Participants in the workshop will leave better equipped to understand how to use digital resources responsibly and ethically in their classes.

Date: Aug. 21, 2020

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Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Approximate Attendees: 40

Event Summary

OER Resources

OER LibGuide

Pasadena City College's LibGuide for OER.

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Point of Contact

Walter Butler