What is OER

Santa Monica College was awarded a grant funding from the AB 798 Textbook Affordability Act in October 2016. The goal of this programs is to promote the use of OER at SMC.

Open Education Resources are course materials that are available to students and faculty for use in and outside a classroom for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. They are open for use and reproduction and include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.​​​

AB 798 Grant Summary

The OER grant at SMC has, up to Spring 2017, offered 57 sections of different courses using OER materials. 

Using OER in those sections saved students over $570,000. The following shows the courses by department:

  • Biology 21, all sections
  • Chemistry 11, select sections
  • Chemistry 12, select sections
  • English 1, select sections
  • Sociology 1, select sections
  • Computer Science 50, select sections
  • Computer Science 81, select sections
  • Computer Science 85, select sections
  • Communication Studies 11, select sections
In addition to the above, the following sections would have adopted OER by Fall 2017:

  • Computer Science 3
  • Computer Science 15
  • Computer Science 17
  • Computer Science 20A
  • Computer Science 52
  • Computer Science 83R

OER Team at SMC

Below is the OER committee members of the AB 798 grant at SMC.

To send an email, add @smc.edu to the address shown. To call, use 310-434 + extension shown.

SMC Faculty Survey 2017

Summary of faculty survey conducted Spring 2017: PDF FileSpring 2017 Faculty Survey Results