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OER and Textbook Alternatives: Fall 2023 OER Newsletter

MATC Upcoming OER Events

MATC Day: Oct. 17

Register for the 11 a.m. Innovation, Research, Conferences, and You! How To Be a Changemaker and Increase Student Voice and Representation session in order to hear MATC OER leader Dr. Thomas Kalluvila's updates about the State OER grant, outlining upcoming funding opportunities for MATC instructors. 

MATC OER Faculty Feature

Join us as Dr. Krystia Nora talks to MATC Professor Paul Carrier, who leads Culinary Arts here and has utilized OER materials in his courses since he started teaching at MATC in the late 1990s. He is a keynote speaker at the Fall 2023 WTCS Open Education Symposium on Fri. Oct. 27.

Celebrating 3 Years of OER at MATC

MATC OER Grant Recipients

Faculty OER Grant Summer 2023 Recipients: 

1 Paul Carrier
2 Jack Forbes
3 Tanekeya Word
4 Liana Odrcic
5 Krystia Nora
6 Nhat Nguyen
7 Jacqueline Robinson
8 Christine Ryan
9 Mary Bromwell
10 Sara Gunderson
11 Elizabeth Wallace

Regional OER Opporunities

2023 Wisconsin Open Education Symposium (October 26-27)
MATC Culinary Arts lead faculty Prof. Paul Carrier will be one of the keynote speakers at 9 am on Friday, Oct. 27 for the third annual WI Open Education Symposium held online. Also, MATC OER facilitators Dr. Elaine Strachota and Dr. Krystia Nora will be presenting at 1 pm: "MATC Open Access Marketing: Building Awareness and Promoting Over $1 Million in Student Savings." The Symposium is free - you only need to register. 

The third annual WI Open Education Symposium will be held online on October 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (NEW - workshop day) and on October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This symposium is a space for inclusive and open sharing and conversation, and creating meaningful collaborations to advance OER work. All are welcome to attend and contribute. You can register for this in-person workshop through the symposium registration form. For questions regarding the Symposium, please email Rachel Becker.

International OER Opportunities

Open Education Global (October 16 - 18)
The Open Education Global 2023 Conference will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Amiskwaciwâskahikan), from October 16-18.

Open Education Conference (November 7 - 9)
Registration is open for the Open Education Conference, a virtual event November 7-9. The theme is Innovation and Praxis: Building on 20 Years of Community. #OpenEd23 will mark the twentieth annual gathering of the Open Education Conference community.


CCCOER Webinar Series Fall 2023


Designing Inclusive and Accessible OER Courses: A focus on Equity, Diversity, and Universal Design for Learning

In this session, we will explore the powerful combination of Open Educational Resources (OER) and inclusive pedagogical practices, with an emphasis on promoting equity, embracing diversity, and implementing Universal Design for Learning. Our expert presenters will guide you through best practices, practical strategies, and valuable resources to ensure your OER course materials are accessible, engaging, and meaningful for all learners.

Check out all of the CCCOER Webinars, which are monthly on a Wednesday at noon PT/ 3 pm ET except where otherwise indicated.

This series is free and open to the open education community, and we encourage you to invite your colleagues to attend and/or watch together and continue the discussion afterward.

If you can not join us live, this page will be updated with a link to the slides and videos a couple of days after each webinar. Webinar archives are also available at

New OER Textbook Publications

University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library is pleased to announce the recent publication of three OER textbooks. All were possible due to UNI's participation in the Open EducationNetwork (OEN) Manifold pilot.

  • Essentials of Creative Writing (2023) - This free and open access textbook introduces new writers to some basic elements of the craft of creative writing in the genres of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The authors are editors of the North American Review (NAR), the oldest and one of the most well-regarded literary magazines in the United States. They’ve selected nearly all of the readings and examples (more than 60) from writing that has appeared in NAR pages over the years. This project was supported by NAR staff and funded via the UNI Textbook Equity Mini-Grant Program.
  • Graduate Research Project Guide: Secondary Data Analysis (2023) - This work, from a social work perspective, aims to present graduate students a step-by-step guide to choosing a research topic, finding a dataset, writing an Introduction and literature review, conducting data cleaning and analysis, and presenting findings in a final version of a thesis/graduate research paper. Since this book is a step-by-step guide, it contains only key elements and steps. Thus, for more detailed information about research methods and statistics, we recommend reviewing other research methods and statistics textbooks. This book would pair well with other OER such as Graduate Research Methods in Social Work (DeCarlo, Cummings, & Agnelli 2021). This project was funded via the UNI Textbook Equity Mini-Grant Program.
  • Cornerstone 2nd edition (2023) - Communication skills– verbal, written, digital, and visual– are essential skills in the classroom, workplace, and community. Through this yearlong course that combines oral communication and composition, students gain the skills to read critically, research effectively, and create a variety of messages. This book is an adaptation of materials from seven free, openly-licensed textbooks, with some original content added to meet institutional and local needs.

Iowa State University is pleased to announce the recent publication of two OER textbooks.

  • Basic Scientific Food Preparation Lab Manual - This lab manual illustrates key principles for food preparation and is intended for use in both the lab and kitchen. Each section of the book contains learning objectives, lab problems to be solved, recipes, questions, and observation charts for the input of data.

  • Adaptive Apparel Design - This instructional text and designer resources have been prepared to support those learning about adaptive apparel design. The text is easy for students, scholars, and designers to use, and is organized around the apparel design process.


Jamie Martin, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from Broward College in Florida, recently made a substantial revision and update of a Creative Commons English composition textbook for use in his classes and is excited to share it with a wider audience.

Texas Tech University Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of new open textbooks: 

Knowledge is Meant to Be Shared

This new YouTube channel called Knowledge is Meant to Be Shared is a space for educators, teachers, librarians, faculty, administrators, advocates, etc. It exists to show how open education resources and practices can engage students and strengthen teaching and learning. This channel is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

OER Research Recently Published

Baas, M., Schuwer, R., van den Berg, E., Huizinga, T., van der Rijst, R., & Admiraal, W. (2023). What’s in it for me? A mixed-methods study on teachers’ value creation in an inter-institutional community on open educational resources in higher education. Education and Information Technologies, 28(5), 6049-6074.

Baas, M., Schuwer, R., van den Berg, E., Huizinga, T., van der Rijst, R., & Admiraal, W. (2023). The role of brokers in cultivating an inter-institutional community around open educational resources in higher education. Higher Education, 85(5), 999-1019.

Bain, L. Open Education Resources: Why Were They Developed and What Are Future Implications. Technology and the Curriculum: Summer 2023.

Breems, J., & Doll, C. (2023). Be the Spark: Institutional Recommendations for Open Educational Resources. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 55(4), 23-29.

Gits, C., Hill, N., & Lyon, C. (2023). Librarians Opening Up Open Education: A University, Community College, and Public Library Partnership to Increase OER Usage in Texas. In UT Faculty/Researcher Works. Association of College and Research Libraries.


Johnson, M. W., & Abumeeiz, S. (2023). The Limits of Inclusion in Open Access: Accessible Access, Universal Design, and Open Educational Resources. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 11(1).

Kirschner, J., Monnin, J., & Andresen, C. (2023). Gaining Ground: OER at 3 Health Sciences Institutions. Hypothesis: Research Journal for Health Information Professionals, 35(2).


Kleinschmit, A. J., et al. (2023). Accelerating STEM education reform: linked communities of practice promote creation of open educational resources and sustainable professional development. International Journal of STEM Education, 10(1), 16.

Mullens, A. M., & Hoffman, B. (2023). The Affordability Solution: a Systematic Review of Open Educational Resources. Educational Psychology Review, 35(3), 72.

Rets, I., Coughlan, T., Stickler, U., & Astruc, L. (2023). Accessibility of Open Educational Resources: how well are they suited for English learners?. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 38(1), 38-57.

Tila, D. (2023). Impact of OER Material during COVID-19: Survey of Students Enrolled in City University of New York (CUNY) Kingsborough Community College. American J Sci Edu Re: AJSER-128.

Tlili, A., Nascimbeni, F., Burgos, D., Zhang, X., Huang, R., & Chang, T. W. (2023). The evolution of sustainability models for Open Educational Resources: Insights from the literature and experts. Interactive Learning Environments, 31(3), 1421-1436.