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Open Education and Textbook Affordability at Shoreline CC

Labeling Courses

Labeling Course Sections
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has made it possible for students to search in the Class Schedule for courses using  " OER: No Textbook to Purchase" or "Low-Cost Textbook“
 course attribute.  This labeling requirement is in response to Washington State Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1375 (Links to an external site.), that amended RCW 28B.50, (Links to an external site.) (RCW 28B.50.789 (Links to an external site.)), stipulating that a community college shall provide information about the cost of required materials for each course section.  This labeling requirement is applied only to colleges who have deployed ctcLink. Labeling policies are now instituted in the SBCTC Coding Manual and require colleges to identify courses accordingly.

This work is licensed  by the Olympic College OER Steering Group and is a derivative of this work.

What does "Low-Cost Textbooks" or "OER: No Textbook to Purchase" mean?

Low Cost Textbooks OER: No Textbook to Purchase
To be designated as a Low-Cost course, the combined cost of the required course materials should be $50 or less.

a course uses Open Educational Resources (OER) as the primary, required instructional materials for the course. A printed version and some supplementary course materials may be available for purchase in bookstore.

  • Includes: ALL required instructional materials such as textbooks, websites, software programs, apps, courseware packages, access codes to homework websites etc.

  • Does NOT include: Tools & supplies, course fees, small copying/printing costs.

  • The labeling is applied to an individual class section of a course, not to the overall course itself.

  • The threshold is based on the price at the campus bookstore or charged by the publisher directly, whichever is Lower.

  • Prorating the book cost based on the number of credits or number of sections used is not allowed. For example, a $100 textbook spanning two quarters is not to be prorated 50/50, thus not to be labeled Low-Cost.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are resources released either under an open license or in the public domain permitting their free use, repurposing, and sharing.

Includes: ALL required instructional materials such as textbooks, websites, software programs, apps, courseware packages, access codes to homework websites etc.

Does NOT include: Tools & supplies, course fees, small copying/printing costs

Locate OER courses at SCC!

Locating Low-cost/OER (Open Educational Resource) materials in the SCC course schedule.

The Shoreline Community College class schedule may not have Low-cost/OER: No Textbook to purchase available for Spring 2022. This search feature should be available Summer/Fall term 2022.

1. Click on More Filters after selecting the quarter/term and subject area.

Screenshot of Shoreline Community College class schedule with More Filters highlighted

2. Go to 'Course Attribute' click on the drop down menu. Select Low-Cost & OER: No textbook to purchase and then Shoreline Community College.

Screenshot of Shoreline Community College class schedule with more filters selected and course attribute highlighted

3. Try a search. It will mention if there are OER materials under 'Class Attributes' in the course description. Some course descriptions may include a direct link to the OER resource under Textbook in the course description. This is an example from Cascadia College.

Screenshot of Cascadia College class schedule with Course Attributes highlighted

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