CLTCC to announce cost savings from use of open educational resources

Source: KALB
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Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 12:29 PM CST
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Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) in partnership with the Rapides Parish Library will host a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 29 to announce the college’s use of Open Educational Resources (OER) for transferable General Education classes and other first-year classes.

The adoption of OER is a college affordability initiative designed to support the selection of no-cost textbooks for various classes and degree programs. These openly licensed learning resources include textbooks, media, videos, articles, and more students can access for FREE.

Textbooks and supplies can cost students between $450 and $600 each year. In some situations, when expensive textbooks are required, some students never buy them.

“We have been piloting OER since spring 2017, and we are ready to formally announce the cost savings to-date and demonstrate how easy it is to access OER,” said Jimmy Sawtelle, Chancellor of CLTCC. “Because we’re utilizing OER, students enrolled in our transferable General Education classes and other first-year classes such as Freshmen Seminar don’t have to purchase textbooks. These students can access free textbooks from a mobile device, tablet or computer. They also can use the general use computers at their local library.”

CLTCC’s General Education classes such as biology, history, psychology can be transferred to any public college or university in Louisiana.

The public is invited to attend this event.