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Open Educational Resources: Cerro Coso Textbook Heroes

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are course materials that are legally available on the internet for anyone to use, edit and distribute.

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Thanks to these Textbook Heroes, students have saved a total of:

$856,970

To see what textbooks these instructors are using, check out the OERs at Cerro Coso tab!

Thelma Akins

ADMJ C105 - Concepts of Criminal Law

"The main reasons why I try my best not to use a textbook are cost, access, and equity, along with overall empowerment of making questions "Quest--ions", then taking a quest or, the journey of seeking truth. I love to show students how to find free information for themselves. 

For one, the cost of education is so high students need to know how to make affordable decisions, make use of technology, and benefits of joining associations/professionally developing with peers.

Next, I find ways to present the same information in different ways people enjoy i.e.. Hands-on, connecting life experience, media, or in the arena of criminal law, actual case stories and analysis of how the law is applied, reversed, or non-existent in the U.S."

Suzie Ama

Suzi AmaDMA C111 - Fundamentals of Web Development

Melanie Armstrong

Melanie ArmstrongLIBR C100 - Introduction to Library Research and Bibliography

Vivian Baker

Vivian BakerCHDV C100 - Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children

CHDV C102 - Introduction to Materials and Curriculum

CHDV C104 - Child, Family, and Community

CHDV C121 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition

"The Child Development Department has made the commitment to move all our core courses for the AS-T to OER and/or no cost textbooks. To date, we have 7 out of the 8 courses using OER/no cost resources."

Michael Bonner

Michael BonnerMATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

MATH C131 - Basic Functions and Calculus for Business

Jarrod Bowen

Jarrod Bowen ADMJ C105 - Concepts of Criminal Law

PSYC C101 - General Psychology

PSYC C220 - Physiological Psychology

Melissa Bowen

Melissa BowenHMSV C101 - Introduction to Human Services

HMSV C102 - Cultural Competence in Human Services

HMSV C104 - Field Work in Human Services

HMSV C113 - Intervention Skills in Human Services

PSYC C101 - General Psychology

PSYC C181 - Lifespan Development

PSYC C271 - Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sandy Bradley

Sandy BradleyLIBR C100 - Introduction to Library Research and Bibliography

Andrew Burch

Andrew BurchBIOL C101 - Principles of Biology

BIOL C105: Concepts of Biology

BIOL C262 - General Microbiology

"I have switched over to using OER resources such as OpenStax because I find that they are similar in quality to expensive college textbooks, and they make college more affordable for our students.  I also love that students can access OpenStax textbooks online on the first day of the course.  It provides me with peace of mind because I do not have to worry about if students have had issues obtaining their textbook due to shipping delays, or from just recently enrolling in the course!"

Yihfen Chen

Yihfen ChenMATH C050 - Elementary Algebra

MATH C053 - Preparation for Statistics

MATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

MATH C141 - College Algebra

Christina Christenson-Rockwell

Christina Christenson-RockwellPSYC C101 - General Psychology

PSYC C181 - Lifespan Development

"I recall all too well the stress of having to pay for books for my own classes, often separate from student loan money so it came right out of my pocket and often led to late rent or reducing my grocery budget at the start of every semester when feeling stocked and ready seemed most important."

Julie Cornett

Julie CornettLIBR C100 - Introduction to Library Research and Bibliography

Nakysha Cummings

Nakysha CummingsPSYC C101 - General Psychology

SOCI C101 - Introduction to Sociology

Svetlana Deplazes

Svetlana DeplazesECON C102 - Macroeconomics

Sarah Achziger

BIOL C105: Concepts of Biology

BIOL C125: Survey of Anatomy and Physiology

Julie Alexander

BSAD C100 - Introduction to Business

Victoria Alwin

HCRS C121 - Nutrition

HSCI C101 - Principles of Health Education

Jonathan Bielik

MATH C055 - Intermediate Algebra

Bradley Bowers

GEOL C111 - Physical Geology

Deanna Campbell

BSAD C101 - Financial Accounting

BSAD C220 - Principles of Project Management

Anna Carlson

COLL C101 - Foundations for Success in College and Life

Stacie Casabian

ADMJ C101 - Introduction to the Administration of Justice

Brandy Cemo

BSAD C101 - Financial Accounting

BSAD C131 - Business Law

Sean Cranley

ANTH C111 - Cultural Anthropology

ANTH C121 - Biological Anthropology

ANTH C122 - Biological Anthropology Laboratory

Quinn Doan

COLL C101 - Foundations for Success in College and Life

Nita Duhart

BSAD C100 - Introduction to Business

Gary Enns

Gary EnnsENGL C102 - Critical Thinking through Literature

ENGL C231 - Survey of British Literature I: Beginning - 1785

"If I can continue to provide a robust learning experience and save my student money, why not? Plus, moving to online free content means a more efficient beginning of the semester for my students and myself."

Tom Foggia

Tom FoggiaMUSC C101 - Music Appreciation

MUSC C118 - History of American Pop Music

MUSC C173 - Appreciation of Jazz

"I have long felt that college textbooks are overpriced and are one of the biggest expenses for college students. I have also been frustrated by publishers who issue new editions every year with only minor changes, yet the cost of the book continues to skyrocket. OER’s have made it possible to provide students with a quality textbook that costs them absolutely nothing... a dream come true!"

Monette Fowler

Monette FowlerMATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

MATH C141 - College Algebra

Peter Fulks

Peter FulksADMJ C105 - Concepts of Criminal Law

ADMJ C121 - Police Community Relations

Jesus Gaytan

Jesus GaytanCOLL C101 - Foundations for Success in College and Life

David Gerber

ENGL C070 - Introductory Composition

ENGL C101 - Freshman Composition

ENGL C102 - Critical Thinking Through Literature 

ENGL C235 - Introduction to Shakespeare

Alec Griffin

Alec GriffinANTH C111 - Cultural Anthropology

ANTH C131 - Archaeology

ANTH C141 - Native Peoples of North America

Karee Hamilton

Karee HamiltonCOLL C101 - Foundations for Success in College and Life

Tom Heck

Tom HeckHSCI C101 - Principles of Health Education

Melanie Jeffrey

Melanie JeffreyENGL C101 - Freshman Composition

ENGL C102 - Critical Thinking through Literature

SPCH C101 - Elements of Speech

Matt Jones

Matt JonesHIST C131 - History of the United States to 1877

HIST C132 - History of United States from 1877 to Present

POLS C101 - American Government

Kim Kelly

Kim KellyHSCI C101 - Principles of Health Education

Jaclyn Kessler

Jaclyn KesslerMATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

MATH C141 - College Algebra

Sarah King

Sarah KingANTH C111 - Cultural Anthropology

ANTH C121 - Biological Anthropology

ANTH C131 - Archaeology

SOCI C101 - Introduction to Sociology

Greg Kost

Greg KostCOLL C052 - Becoming a Successful Online Student

COLL C102 - Tools for College Success

Linda Eberhart

CHDV C121 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Timothy Emerick

SOCI C101 - Introduction to Sociology

William Few

BIOL C145 - Environmental Studies

Kristina French

CHDV C107 - School Age Development

CHDV C200 - Observation and Assessment

Lisa Fuller

CHDV C100 - Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children

CHDV C102 - Introduction to Materials and Curriculum

CHDV C125 - Diversity in Education

CHDV C203 - Practicum - Field Experience

CHDV C281 - Adult Supervision and Mentoring in Early Care and Education

Megan Godbee

HIST C103 - Western Civilization - Antiquity to the Renaissance

Frank Guevara

CHDV C100 - Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children

CHDV C102 - Introduction to Materials and Curriculum

CHDV C104 - Child, Family, and Community

Michelle Harper

CHDV C104 - Child, Family, and Community

CHDV C200 - Observation and Assessment

Mark Jacobs

CHDV C102 - Introduction to Materials and Curriculum

CHDV C106 - Child Growth and Development

CHDV C145 - Language and Literature

Steven Jaworowski

POLS C101 - American Government

Jeffrey Jessen

MATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

MATH C131 - Basic Functions and Calculus for Business

Washington Kadzombe

BSAD C101 - Financial Accounting

BSAD C102 - Managerial Accounting

Hollis Kimbrough

MATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Debilyn Kinzler

ENGL C102 - Critical Thinking through Literature

 

Tyrone Ledford

Tyrone LedfordCHDV C104 - Child, Family, and Community

CHDV C106 - Child Growth and Development

CHDV C125 - Diversity in Education

CHDV C145 - Language and Literacy

Christopher LoCascio

Chris LoCascioPSYC C181 - Lifespan Development

Yvonne Mills

Yvonne MillsENGL C102 - Critical Thinking through Literature

ENGL C242 - Survey of American Literature: 1865-Present

Carlos Mutis

Carlos MutisHIST C104 - Western Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era

HIST C131 - History of the United States to 1877

HIST C132 - History of United States from 1877 to Present

"I teach various history subjects at the men's prison in Tehachapi and I've created my own "textbook." I just use a lot of primary sources that I find on numerous websites. For example, the Library of Congress, Archives.org, American Battlefield Trust, and so many more. I've thought about using a traditional textbook and was even direct to the OER site for Cerro Coso but it was not a realistic option because the prison setting just doesn't lend itself to easy use of textbooks, both for my students and myself."

Sharlene Paxton

Sharlene PaxtonLIBR C100 - Introduction to Library Research and Bibliography

"I chose to use an OER instead of a tradition textbook to reduce the cost of their college education for my students and because the openly-licensed text I'm using provides my students with high-quality, accessible, and engaging readings to support their learning. With OERs, students have access to the textbook on the first day of class. No more waiting for financial aid to arrive or bookstore orders to be delivered! Also, they won't have to worry about returning rentals or reselling texts, and they have perpetual access to the materials. Openly-licensed resources allow students greater freedom to use, reuse, and share their learning materials. OER is also an equity issue: it removes a financial barrier to learning. Students shouldn't have to choose between buying the textbook or purchasing groceries. OERs have many benefits for students, and I'm excited to see how our college has broadly embraced OERs to improve student success."

Justus Scott

Justus ScottHSCI C101 - Principles of Health Education

Lisa Stephens

Lisa StephensCOLL C101 - Foundations for Success in College and Life

Penny Talley

Penny TalleyCOLL C101 - Foundations for Success in College and Life

Shelly Tannehill

Shelly TannehillHCRS C130: Communication in Healthcare

Krystal Watkins

Krystal WatkinsBSAD C101 - Financial Accounting

Marisol White

Marisol WhiteSOCI C101: Introduction to Sociology

"I have used this book in my Intro to Sociology classes for a variety of reasons.  The first is I remember how expensive my textbooks cost me each semester and although I was told that I would use them again in the future, I did not.  Secondly, I use the textbook because my dear friend and colleague, Eric Strayer worked very hard on this text.  He passed away almost two years ago, so it reminds me of him and his passion and love of Sociology."

Shawn Lawhon

HIST C103 - Western Civilization - Antiquity to the Renaissance

HIST C131 - History of the United States to 1877

Stuart Mackie

MATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Vonetta Mixson

BSAD C100 - Introduction to Business

ECON C102 - Macroeconomics

Ronda Nogales

ENGL C102 - Critical Thinking through Literature

Robert Poulson

MATH C121: Elementary Probability & Statistics

Mark Pressman

Philosophy C131 - Logic and Critical Reasoning 

Abigail Reuter

MATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Shawna Saitta

ADMJ C101 - Introduction to the Administration of Justice

ADMJ C105 - Concepts of Criminal Law

Claudia Sellers

BIOL C112 - General Biology II

BIOL C262 - General Microbiology

Vickie Taton

DMA C201 - E-Commerce

Trina Tobey

COLL C102 - Tools for College Success

Nelson Walker

MATH C121 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Julian West

BSAD C100 - Introduction to Business

BSAD C131 - Business Law