ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI)

Greetings WLAC community! As the Open Educational Resources Liaison, it is my role to share communications from the ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI) with you. Please read on to learn about upcoming events that are open to all and an opportunity for faculty to play a role in increasing OER consideration and adoption by others in their discipline.

If I can assist you in your considering OER– or answer any OER-related questions, please let me know.

• ASCCC OERI Wants You •

The ASCCC OERI is still seeking faculty for various roles. While faculty with OER experience are preferred, we are prepared to support faculty who are new to OER and interested in playing a leadership role.


The OERI is currently seeking faculty to review OER in a number of disciplines and Discipline Leads for Spring 2021. If you are interested in any of these opportunities – or in OER work more generally – please submit an application. If your discipline is one that we are not currently focusing on, your application lets us know not only that you are interested, but that faculty in your discipline are interested.


Additional information about the Discipline Lead role is available on the application page.


• OER for Your Consideration •

Each month the OERI plans to highlight OER for your consideration. Presently, the products from RFP II are under review, but many of the ASCCC OERI RFP 2020 – Draft Products are available for faculty to access and consider. If you have any feedback or questions about any of the resources, please let us know.

This month, we’d like to highlight two of the resources from RFP 2020 that are currently under review. Both are housed in LibreTexts, a platform that is designed to facilitate faculty customization of a resource.

Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.: An Intersectional Approach – this OER is intended to an appropriate text for C-ID SOCI 150 (Introduction to Race and Ethnicity) and C-ID SJS 110 (Introduction to Social Justice). The authors describe the resource as follows:

This open text was compiled by six diverse, community college sociology faculty from Long Beach City College, Cerritos College, and Rancho Santiago College. With an eye on social justice and intersectionality, the text provides a sociological analysis of the history, demographics, and contemporary experiences of the following race-ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Euro Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and immigrants. This text is suitable for a sociology course on race and ethnic relations or a social justice studies introductory course.

Resources for Botany/Plant Diversity and Ecology (C-ID BIOL 155) –

Botany (Ha, Morrow, and Algiers)

A Photographic Atlas for Botany (Morrow)

• OERI Weekly Webinars – March 2021 •


OERI Weekly Webinars are scheduled for Fridays at 10:30 am.The ASCCC OERI will provide automated captioning for all webinars. If you would like to request live human closed-captioning for any of our offerings, please contact us by e-mail at least 10 business days in advance.

OERI Webinars are intended for a diverse audience. We hope you will all join us! Please share with your colleagues.

Friday, March 5, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

New OER Resource Showcase

New OER! The ASCCC OERI is pleased to share openly licensed texts developed by teams of California Community College faculty in 2020. Join us to learn about new OER in Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice, Botany, and Information Literacy.

Register for New OER Resource Showcase

Friday, March 12, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Clearing Up Confusion: OER, ZTC, and Fair Use

Understanding how you can use resources based on their copyright is important when selecting sources of course content. This webinar will illustrate the differences between Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) and OER and describe how Fair Use factors into both ZTC and OER.

Register for Clearing Up Confusion: OER, ZTC, and Fair Use

Friday, March 19, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

OER and Computer Science

What OER are available for the computer science discipline – and other related fields. Join the OERI’s Computer Science Discipline Lead for an overview of the available OER – and a discussion of your OER needs.

Register for OER and Computer Science

Friday, March 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Open Forum

Questions? Ideas? Join us in this Open Forum where you direct the conversation.

Register for Open Forum
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Civic Dialogues

February 26 – April 2
Fridays, 12pm to 2pm


Dear colleagues,

3CSN invites you to join us for another exciting series of Civic Dialogues, sponsored by Bringing Theory to Practice, designed to focus greater attention on civic engagement in higher education.

The 6-part series features national experts, scholars, and practitioners sharing and discussing the critical importance of civic engagement along with educational practices and models for increasing meaningful engagement on campuses.

By participating in this series, you will:

  1. Advance your understanding of the intersectionality between equity and civic engagement for promoting the public good.
  2. Recognize civic, community and democratic engagement as a high impact practice for student success.
  3. Build capacity to leverage your current position, experience and knowledge for impacting positive local and global change.

Each weekly session of the series is two hours in length, from 12pm to 2pm. During the first hour our guest speaker will share their topic and address your questions. This will be followed with a facilitated lunchtime discussion designed to help you consider how these ideas or models could be practiced on your campus or in your classrooms.

Our schedule of Civic Dialogues, topics, and speakers includes:

February 26

Democracy “With” the People
Dr. David Mathews, President and CEO, Kettering Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Education, Health, and Welfare, Ford Administration

March 5

Reclaiming the Democratic Purpose of California’s Public Schools
Dr. John Rogers, Director, Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA), University of California, Los Angeles & Dr. Joseph Kahne, Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Chair in Education Policy and Politics, University of California, Riverside

March 12

Awakening Democracy through Public Work 
Dr. Harry Boyte, Co-founder of the Institute of Public Life and Work, Augsburg University and Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy

March 19

Teaching Hope and Reviving Democracy
Dr. Sarah Stitlzein, Professor of Education and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati  

March 26

How to Promote Democratic Engagement on College Campuses
Dr. Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Executive Director, All In Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation 

April 2

Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship in Higher Education: Reclaiming Our Civic Purpose
Dr. William Flores, Former President of University of Houston- Downtown and Professor of Political Science & Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores, Chief Student Engagement Officer and Associate Dean, Global Campus, San Diego State University

To register for one or more of the sessions, please click on the “Register” button above. At the time of your registration you will select the sessions you plan to attend.
Looking for more professional learning opportunities? Check out 3CSN’s Wayfinding Online Schedule

Questions? Email us at

Making OER Discoverable in OneSearch

From the Council of California Community Colleges Chief Librarians

By Ryan Edwards, West Los Angeles College


As West Los Angeles College’s Systems Librarian and new Open Educational Resources (OER) liaison, I want to increase the visibility and use of OER in both our library systems as well as the Canvas online learning management system. Our library systems, Ex Libris’s Alma, a cloud-based library services platform and Primo, ExLibris’s discovery solution are used by more than 2,000 libraries across the United States and around the world. To increase the visibility and use of OER resources, I saw the opportunities to activate OER resources in Alma and exploit them Primo’s Resource Recommender service, which allows one to recommend resources based on searchable tags that are configured in Alma to expose databases, websites, people, library information, and library guides in Primo.

Collections and Resource Recommender

Upon performing a search on Google for “OER and Primo”, I discovered via the SUNY Libraries Consortium Alma Discovery/Primo VE website an open access training video and PowerPoint presentation, “Making OER Discoverable in Primo.” The presentation described what Open Educational Resources are, how to identify and evaluate OER in Alma and Primo VE, and how to increase the discoverability of OER in Primo. I learned that I could activate some OER collections in the ExLibris CDI (Central Discovery Index), including the Open Textbook Catalog, OpenStax College, and Open SUNY Textbooks collections. I also discovered that I could use Primo’s built-in Resource Recommender to highlight OER collections and content not included in Alma or CDI, boost OER content, promote my library’s OER libguide with a custom search box to search just open-access content, as well as promote myself as West’s new OER librarian. I could also tag content with keywords to make finding OER in OneSearch easier. Ultimately, as a district, we decided not to activate Unpaywall as Unpaywall’s linking was a bit spotty.

Resource Recommender Tutorial by Ryan Edwards

OER Webinar

I was asked by Eric Ichon, WLAC Dean of Distance Learning, to co-lead an OER webinar for the LACCD Distance Education Committee. Cyrus Helf, Multimedia Specialist and I developed and co-delivered an Open Educational Resources (OER) Zoom webinar on December 4, 2020.

OER-Webinar from Ryan Edwards on Vimeo.

As you know, many of our students struggle to afford required textbooks for their classes. In the future West hopes to be able to offer some degrees and certificates without any required textbook costs. The webinar covered what OER is, the benefits of using OER, and how to search for OER resources via OneSearch as well as West’s OER Resources page. In addition, the webinar covered finding OER course sites in the Canvas Commons, previewing OER course sites before import and importing as well as what to do after importing, including adjusting dates, choosing/creating assignments, editing content, scanning and fixing links, deleting content, and structuring content in the modules.


Recently one of West’s Mathematics professors, Henri Feiner, shared his digital textbook Beginning/Intermediate Algebra that he authored with a Creative Commons license. West’s Multimedia Specialist helped him upload his book to the Canvas Commons. In addition, Professor Feiner shared his “Beginning/Intermediate Algebra” book with LibreTexts.

History of LibreTexts by Delmar Larsen

I discovered that LibreTexts, home to the largest collection of open educational resources online, was not indexed in the CDI nor listed in the Alma Community Zone (CZ) as a collection to activate.  So, I decided to submit a new idea to ExLibris’s Content Idea Exchange to add LibreTexts vast collection to Ex Libris’s CDI.

Jeffrey Karlsen, from Sacramento City College suggested that it might be more useful to have LibreTexts added to the Alma CZ as bibliographic records.  That way libraries could add LibreTexts ebooks and course materials to course reserve lists in Alma and Primo.  So, I submitted this other new idea to the ExLibris Content Idea Exchange.

Since I’m on both the CCC Discovery and UX Work Group and the ELUNA Primo Product Working Group, I decided to promote the two ideas to add LibreTexts to the CDI and Alma CZ. I emailed both the Alma-L and Primo-L listservs to promote the ideas to ExLibris’s Alma and Primo customer base. After Lauren Saslow, Los Angeles Community College District’s ILS Administrator, helped me email all the 56 librarians across the District, I also decided to email the California Community College’s LSP-ALL listserv to promote the ideas to all of the community colleges in California’s Community College system. My strategies worked! My idea to add LibreTexts to the CDI received 186 votes and the other idea to add LibreTexts to the Alma CZ received 89 votes. Ex Libris is now investigating adding the LibreTexts content alongside the inquiry to ingest the content in their Discovery products. In addition, to make sure that Ex Libris reviews adding LibreTexts to their products, I submitted a new content request to the New Enhancement Request System (NERS).


Hopefully, my efforts activating certain Alma open-access collections, implementing Resource Recommender, and delivering and co-delivering Resource Recommender and OER webinars should help promote OER visibility and usage in Primo (OneSearch) and Canvas. I discovered that collaborating with other librarians across the LACCD district and the California Community College system along with emailing both the Alma-L and Primo-L listservs helped to get Ex Libris to review LibreTexts OER content for possible ingestion into both the CDI and across Ex Libris’s discovery products. These collaborative efforts could be particularly useful in the future for introducing and promoting new ideas for Ex Libris’s review.Library Technology


  1. February 2021
  2. Making OER Discoverable in OneSearch

Spring 2021 LACCD DE Webinar Schedule

We have an exciting lineup of distance education workshops available this spring! 

Please see the Spring 2021 Webinar Schedule for more information.

Topics include:

  • How to use tools such as PlayPosit and VoiceThread
  • Effective use of Zoom in online teaching and online office hours
  • Creating authentic online assessments
  • Equity in online teaching and learning
  • Two series of workshops on using the CVC-OEI Course Review Prep Form to improve your online courses
  • Effective online teaching in STEM
  • Advanced course design: HTML
  • …and many more!

LACCD Faculty Canvas Resource Shell

For many more faculty DE resources, including webinar recordings, join the LACCD Faculty Canvas Resource Shell!

Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning Four-Week Course

Also, we’re offering a four-week Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning Course from February 22 – March 22! Please register in the Vision Resource Center if you are interested!

2021 Conference Status Update

Although CCC TechConnect had hoped to be able to offer some in-person components to OTC’21, the decision has been made not to be a hybrid event but to be a fully virtual conference in 2021. We thank you for your support as we continue with the commitment to health and safety first.  

Conference Registration Virtual Event via CCC TechConnect Virtual Registration: $150 (through April 14th, 2021) Registration includes keynotes and breakout sessions. Pre-conference workshops available for purchase at an additional fee (coming soon!). Register  
Free February Webinar CCC TechConnect Presents:
CCC TechConnect Cloud’s Streaming & Video Production Services: A Hidden Gem
Date & Time: February 19th, 2021 at 12:00pm PST

Learn about CCC TechConnect Cloud’s streaming and video productions services available to the California Community Colleges system.  Register to reserve a seat for this 45 minute webinar. By registering, you will also receive a link to the recordings afterwards to share with your colleagues.

Webinar Registration

TechConnect products are available at no cost to all California Community College faculty, staff, and administrators.

CCC TechConnect projects, (TechConnect Cloud/3C Media Solutions, TechConnect Zoom/ConferZoom, TechConnect Online Teaching Conference), serve the 116 California Community Colleges and are funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
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WEBINAR – CCC TechConnect Cloud’s Streaming & Video Production Services: A Hidden Gem

Date: Friday, February 19th
Time: 12 noon

Discover TechConnect Cloud’s lesser-known service which provides streaming and video productions services to the California Community Colleges system. Learn about the streaming service TechConnect offers which allows you to expand your webinar without having to pay for a larger room, and see how TechConnect has made webinars and events have that polished look with its video production service.

TechConnect can assist in creating and updating conference rooms and classrooms to state-of-the-art Zoom rooms, and there is much more this service can do for the system. Learn about this “hidden gem” and what it offers in streaming and video production services and assistance to the CCC system.

Join us for this free, 45 minute webinar as we walk you through these features and how they can benefit you and your students! There will be time at the end to answer your questions.

Register today to reserve a seat and receive links to the recording afterwards to share with your colleagues.

Register Now

CCC TechConnect projects, (TechConnect Cloud/3C Media Solutions, TechConnect Zoom/ConferZoom, TechConnect Online Teaching Conference), serve the 116 California Community Colleges, are funded by a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and are hosted at Palomar College.

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Innovative Distance Education Workshops: Week of January 25-31!

As you wind down the Winter session or gear up for Spring, I encourage you to take advantage of these Distance Education workshops facilitated by LAVC faculty.

How to Make Your Learning Objectives ‘Bloom!’
Led by Susana Marcelo, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist
Monday, January 25th 11:15 am
Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting

Interactive Video: VoiceThread
Led by Deena Friedlander, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist
Tuesday, January 26th 10:00 am
Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting 

Authentic Online Assessments  
Led by Wendy Bass
Wednesday, January 27th 11 am – 12 pm
Register in Zoom (you will be emailed the Zoom link once you register in Zoom)

Interactive Video: VoiceThread
Led by Josh Miller, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist
Wednesday, January 27th 12:30 pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting

Canvas Studio
Led by Amanda Keating, LAVC Faculty and DE Specialist
Thursday, January 28th 12:30 pm 
Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting  

Canvas HTML 101
Led by Gerry Clark, LAVC Faculty and Peer Online Course Reviewer
Friday, January 29th 10:00 am
Zoom Meeting ID: 950 6120 9596 Passcode: 032287 or Join Zoom Meeting

m 102: Collaborative Documents
This webinar will cover using collaborative students in Zoom.
Led by Joanna Zimring-Towne
Friday, January 29th 11 am – 12 pm
Register in Zoom (you will be emailed the Zoom link once you register in Zoom)

Updates From The CVC

For a complete listing of all of the CVC’s upcoming events and courses, visit
Are you missing your students and concerned about how this lack of human connection might affect those who are the most vulnerable? Join us for this encore of the CVC-OEI/@ONE Humanizing Challenge, taking place January 20-22! You will discover helpful trauma-informed strategies that will help you cultivate a learning environment in which your students feel seen, valued and safe. The three-day Humanizing Challenge will engage you in inquiry about your unconscious biases and how they influence your online teaching. Using an asset-based mindset, you will see and improve barriers that prevent many of your students from achieving their full potential. By participating, you will gain knowledge of online teaching practices that support neuroscience and culturally responsive pedagogy and be more prepared to mitigate the effects of trauma on your students.

To participate in this three-day event, we invite you to register for free for the one-hour live sessions on days one, two, and three; plan to spend time each day completing the self-directed activities; and share your amazing work with your peers! To lean more, visit our Humanizing Challenge website. STAR-CA ONLINE TUTORING CONSORTIUM STRATEGIES
Tuesday, January 19 / 11 AM – 12 PM

STAR-CA is a consortium of California Community Colleges offering excellent peer tutoring utilizing the Pisces platform. Participate in a brief demonstration of the STAR-CA student experience and then join a tutor panel for a discussion of important online tutoring topics.
Thursday, January 21 / 1 PM – 2 PM

Online Learner Readiness programs address preparedness and success in online learning by providing supplemental resources and information. Learn more about CVC’s free readiness modules and how to incorporate them at your college.

Providing health and mental health services and resources to the California community college student population is more important than ever. Learn how to adopt Wellness Central, a Canvas based program that offers a wide variety of health information in one place in a familiar venue for our students. 
Friday, January 29 / 1 PM – 2 PM

Are you looking to further develop your online course? Join this “learn by doing” workshop to practice using Canvas tools and adding visual and audiovisual elements! Come ready with your development shell and finish the workshop with a framework in place, 
  Register here for Improving Efficiency in Online Education
CVC’s Online Network of Educators (@ONE) has several upcoming courses to benefit both beginning and advanced online faculty, including: Intro to Online Teaching & Learning, February 1 – February 27 Online Teaching & Design, February 22 – May 15 or March 3 – May 22 Introduction to Course Design, March 8 – April 3 Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning, March 29 – April 24 The full course schedule is available at Colleges can once again purchase bulk enrollments in the form of coupon codes. This special feature was brought back to support the growing need for professional development across the CCC system.

New NCOER Initiative & Learning w/o Boundaries Webinars

January Pronto Training Webinars

Come learn about Pronto and how it works within your Canvas courses. This tool not only helps you better communicate with your students, but also creates peer to peer mentoring and networking opportunities unlike any other tool currently available. Your Pronto Customer Success Managers will review the basics, provide a short demo, and discuss valuable use cases that have been shown to increase connection and student success!

Pronto Training Webinars – Canvas Training Dates:
1/5 @ 9am PT 
1/7 @ 2pm PT
1/12 @ 9am PT
1/14 @ 2pm PT
1/19 @ 9am PT
1/21 @ 2pm PT

*Trainings are scheduled for 1-hour

Zoom meeting info:
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Meeting ID: 972 7557 4782
Passcode: 020604