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CCCOER First Quarter Meeting

1pm-5pm Sunday February 27th At the League of Innovation Conference More information available at First Quarter 2011 Meeting


The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) was founded in 2007 by 20 community colleges and districts and one state association to develop and use open educational resources (OER) in community college courses. Currently, 200+ community colleges and university partners to develop and use OERs and Open Textbooks in community college courses. CCCOER is in the process of reinventing itself as an independent, self-sustaining organization. Click here to get involved.

CCCOER is one of 16 members of the College Open Textbooks Collaborative. Here is a splash diagram of all Collaborative members.

College Open Textbooks has ten projects:

  • Accessibility Reviews
  • ADOPTIONS OF OPEN TEXTBOOKS (The most important project and the purpose of all projects)
  • Association Endorsements
  • CCCOER Growth, Participation, and Self-Sustainability
  • Marketing
  • Open licensing
  • Peer reviews
  • Porting to Open Repositories
  • Research and Publication
  • Train-the-Trainer and On-Campus Workshops facilitated by the Trainees

Mission Statement

The mission of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is to promote the creation, publication, dissemination, and use of high quality, open licensed learning and teaching materials (including but not limited to textbooks, courseware, lessons, question banks and other educational resources) primarily intended for use by students, instructors and institutions engaged in the first two years of post-secondary education.

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College Open Textbooks

CCCOER Founders and Funders

Founders Baker, Illowsky and others

Judy Baker was one of the CCCOER founders and was the second Director. Judy is the CCCOER Supervising Administrator. She wrote the grant proposal to The Hewlett Foundation that funds the College Open Textbook Collaborative. She is the director of the OER Center for California ( She also has developed and maintains the OER Consortium site -

Others founders include Barbara Illowsky, the first Director, as well as Martha Kanter, Hal Plotkin, Jean Runyon, and others.

Funder Hewlett Foundation

The following article appeared in the November 2010 Hewlett Foundation Newsletter (with Creative Commons permission to share)

Education for All Hewlett Grantmaking Launches Open Educational Resources

Sometimes a good idea lacks nothing but someone willing to act.

Such was the case with Open Educational Resources. The movement to make high-quality educational materials available for free to everyone via the Internet unofficially began in 2000, when MIT made the bold decision to make all of its undergraduate course material freely available online. University officials approached the Hewlett Foundation to help fund the work, and a movement was born.

Sensing the opportunity that the MIT action represented, the Foundation has to date invested more than $120 million in grants to dozens of organizations around the world, launching a global movement to expand access to educational materials. Key to this work was Foundation support for Creative Commons, a nonprofit corporation that helps people and institutions modulate copyright protections so others can use and revise educational materials for free.

Since those early grants, the Hewlett Foundation has funded a broad range of Open Educational Resources, from HippoCampus, which provides high-quality, multimedia educational content for high school and college students, to OER Africa, which provides practical information about agriculture and health, as well as educational content, to Wikipedia, one of the most widely used websites in the world.

Beyond the direct impact of making educational materials broadly available to those who previously had limited access to them, the Hewlett Foundation’s grantmaking in Open Educational Resources demonstrates how a foundation may, on occasion, work to develop an entirely new field.

Today, after a decade of championing Open Educational Resources, the Foundation is evolving its strategy. Now that the movement has blossomed far beyond the organizations that Hewlett funds, the Foundation is shifting to a supporting role by making grants to encourage the development of a self-sustaining infrastructure. It’s also making grants to bolster efforts for individual Open Educational Resources projects to become self sustaining, as well as advancing the understanding of how Open Educational Resources can improve teaching and learning with a goal of more success in learning for more people at a lower cost.