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Connect OER

Open Education

Austin Community College District

Austin, TX, United States
Official Website @accdistrict

Type: System Office
Annual Enrollment: 40,949

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OER LibGuide


Austin Community College (ACC) is a nationally recognized two-year college serving central Texas. ACC's focus is that of student success and providing affordable and flexible pathways. 11 campuses make up the ACC district which enrolls over 40,000 college-credit students. In June 2016, ACC was one of 38 institutions awarded the Achieving the Dream OER Degree Initiative Grant. As a result of this grant, the college launched two OER degree pathways (or Z-Degrees) in 2019. An Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences in General Studies. Across the college hundreds of OER/ZTC (zero textbook cost) course sections are offered. Faculty in the college have also participated in adopting, adapting, and creating OER for career & technical programs through the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, ACC participated in the OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program. Through this program the college's OER TaskForce implemented a strategic plan promoting OER to faculty, which included professional development opportunities, faculty-librarian OER consultations, and faculty incentive programs.

In the 2019-20 academic year, 1822 OER/ZTC sections were offered, saving 43,411 students over $4.3 million. Since tracking OER/ZTC courses from 2017-2020, ACC’s OER initiatives have saved students $10 million in textbook costs. In November 2019, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized ACC’s OER program accomplishments through its prestigious STAR Award.

Campus Details

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OER Programs


ACC Learn OER is a series of self-paced online learning modules. The first nine modules serve as an introduction to open educational resources and as an opportunity for further exploration and discovery of open education practices. The modules also cover policies and procedures unique to ACC for faculty teaching ZTC/OER classes. The tenth module serves as a final assessment of the participant's learning. Throughout the modules there are opportunities to test knowledge acquired and further explore a concept. The modules allow users to learn at their own pace.

Faculty librarians work with classroom faculty to support them in finding and evaluating relevant OER in their program areas. Librarians collaborate with Instructional Designers and other staff to deliver training and professional development to faculty and staff on a variety of topics related to OER.

As part of the OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program in 2019-2020 activities included, 81 librarian & faculty OER consultations and more than 200 faculty completed OER related professional development (including ACC Learn OER). Additionally, $42,740 in stipends were awarded to 77 faculty who explored, adopted, or created OER. Funding for the stipends was provided by the Office of the Provost. Professional development opportunities and OER consultations with librarians are ongoing, but the stipends are currently not being offered in academic year 2020-2021.

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Duration: 07/2019 - Present

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Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

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

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Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 42,740

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 77

Typical amount of each grant: $ 998

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Point of Contact

Carrie Gits
Head Librarian, Associate Professor Highland Campus Library