Textbook Affordability

Faculty Textbook Affordability Projects

Explore a sampling of textbook affordability projects by LBCC faculty below. Find more OER (Open Educational Resources) created at LBCC in our CommunityArchive, and see a list of free/open resources used throughout the state, including at LBCC, on the Open Oregon resources page.


Art 102: Understanding Art

Resource adopted: Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning by Pamela Sachant et al. CC BY-SA 4.0.

Project description: Isabelle Havet received funding to choose an OER textbook that was adopted across all sections of ART 102. She uses library ebooks and articles in other courses that she teaches.

"OER work has pushed me to continually innovate my course. I think about the value of materials I bring in in a different way, and sometimes more critically. Offering an OER course is more equitable. While the initial work can be daunting, the rewards for faculty and students can be substantial."

- Isabelle Havet, Art Faculty


BI 101, 102, 103: General Biology Sequence

Resource adopted: Openstax Concepts of Biology . CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Warren Coffeen and Miranda Dudzik received a textbook affordability grant to adopt an OER textbook for BI 102. The biology dept. transitioned to OER for the entire general biology sequence, initially using a homework platform from an Openstax Ally. After trying this approach for several terms, Warren, Erin Chamberlain, and Heidi Herring received funding to create quizzes in Moodle, the learning management system, to replace the commercial homework platform."

"I've been creating weekly homework assignments in Moodle for my classes and so far the students have really appreciated how well the questions correspond to the lecture material. In the past I'd have to choose questions from a publisher and they wouldn't always match lecture material."

- Warren Coffeen, Biology Faculty 

"Ask lots of questions from people who are already doing similar work so that you are not building from scratch. There are many dedicated people on campus who are passionate about accessibility issues and want to help - especially technical support with the Moodle team and the librarians."

- Diana Wheat, Biology Faculty


BA 101A: Business Foundations

Resource adopted: Lumen Learning - Introduction to Business.

Project description: Mindy Bean lead her department in converting all sections of BA 101A to OER content, complemented by Lumen Learning's Waymaker module, a low-cost platform that integrates with the learning management system and provides students with interactive content and personalized learning plans.

BA 206: Principles of Management

Resource created: Open Canvas course. CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Mindy Bean received a grant to create an OER.

BA 226: Business Law

Resource enhanced and updated: Business Law and the Legal EnvironmentCC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Project description: Keith Tierney applied for a textbook affodability grant because he was tired of his students paying several hundred dollars for a textbook that wasn't customized to the topics and cases he covered. He plans to revise the work again based on student feedback. The OER text is sold for a low cost at the Campus Store for students who prefer print.

Computer Science

CIS 195: Web Development

Resource created: Open Moodle course. CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Frank Lister got funding to create an open Moodle shell. Instructor materials are available upon request. In addition to the browsable version above, LBCC's open Moodle shells can be downloaded from CommunityArchive@LBCC, LBCC's institutional repository.

CS 120: Digital Literacy

Resource created: Open Moodle course. CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Sisi Virasak and Ziko Rizk received a textbook affordability grant to create an open Moodle shell. They regularly receive requests for their instructor materials, and the resource has been adopted at several other colleges. 

"OER has allowed me the freedom to choose material that helps the students to understand the material in a more effective way."

- Sisi Virasak, Computer Science Faculty

CS 140M: Operating Systems: Microsoft

Resource created: Open Moodle course. CC BY-NC 4.0.

Project description: Ziko Rizk received a grant to create an open Moodle shell.

"There is plenty of excellent OER material out there. Give it a try!"

- Ziko Rizk, Computer Science Faculty

English/ Writing

IN4/WD4: Technical Writing for CTE & Welders

Resource created: Pressbook. CC BY 4.0

Project description: Will Fleming created a writing textbook that includes examples of the types of documents welding and other trade professionals use.

WR 121: English Composition

Resource created: Open Moodle course. CC BY 4.0

Project description: Terrance Millet received a grant to create an open Moodle shell.

WR 227: Technical Writing

Resource adopted: Dozuki Technical Writing Manual. CC BY-NC 4.0.

Project description: Forrest Johnson structured his class around the iFixit Technical Writing Project, in which students work in teams to author openly-licensed repair manuals published at iFixit.com. He received a grant to explore open pedagogy further and share his work with other faculty.

"I think using an OER created a positive classroom environment from the outset, particularly because quality wasn't sacrificed."

- Forrest Johnson, Writing Faculty

Foreign Language

SPN 214: Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Resource created: Instructor website and linked Word documents. CC BY-SA 4.0

Project description: Margarita Casas received a grant to create resources for heritage Spanish speakers.

"The work is never done, there is always something that can be improved."

- Margarita Casas, Foreign Language Faculty

Health & Human Performance

HE 220: Intro to Epidemiology/Health Data Analysis  

Resource adopted: OpenStax Introductory Statistics. CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Kristi Murphey received a grant to replace her commercial textbook with an OER.

PE 231: Lifetime Health and Fitness

Resources compiled. CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Richard GibbsBrad Carman, and Susan Peterson-Aynes got a grant to compile resources from federal government websites (public domain!), OER, and library resources so all instructors in this high-enrollment course can easily integrate openly licensed resources into their Moodle shells, eliminating the need for a textbook.

"There is no doubt OER's have saved money for the students."

- Richard Gibbs, Health & Human Performance Faculty


MTH 241: Calculus for Biology, Management, & Social Science

Resource adopted: Business Calculus by Shana Calaway, Dale Hoffman, and David Lippman. CC BY 3.0.

Project description: Rob Lewis and Eric Fleming received a textbook affordability grant to adopt an OER textbook, which has now been adopted by other instructors who teach the course.


MT 3.821: Electrical Troubleshooting

Resource created: OER Powerpoint slides. CC BY-SA 4.0.

Project description: Ken Dickson-Self, chair of the Mechatronics Dept., created PowerPoint resources to save his students from purchasing an expensive textbook with his first textbook affordability grant. The Center for Accessibility Resources helped him ensure that it was accessible. 

MT 3.822: Troubleshooting Motors & Controls

Resource created: Pressbook. CC BY-SA 4.0.

Project description: For his second project, Ken created an ebook with Pressbooks, an accessible, mobile-friendly platform that also outputs a printer-friendly version.

"I think it's great for the students just because it helps lower their costs, and our OER is now very tailored to what they're taught in class. The benefit to me was learning new software and being forced to organize my thoughts and lesson plans a bit more than they were before."

- Ken Dickson-Self, Mechatronics Faculty

Nondestructive Testing

NDT 130: Radiation Safety

Resource created: PressbookCC BY 4.0.

Project description: J. Scott Ballard received funding from LBCC and Open Oregon Educational Resources to create this comprehensive open textbook that aligns with the course learning outcomes and relevant professional standards. In his project proposal, Scott requested and received funding for a peer-reviewer, Seaton McLennan; a Spanish translator, Susan Mejia; and a student reviewer of Susan's translation, Ricardo Ortiz Ramirez. 

Performing Arts

TA 121: Oral Interpretation of Literature

Resource created: Open Moodle course. CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Tinamarie Ivey received funding from LBCC to initially create this course and then participated in an Open Oregon sprint to redesign it. She integrated several chapters from an e-book available through the library.

"Students consistently comment on how they appreciate online resources over textbooks; as an instructor I find that the materials necessary to teach come from many resources (rather than one text) and therefore using OER's is far more beneficial when teaching my courses."

- Tinamarie Ivey, Performing Arts Faculty

TA 145: Improvisation

Resource created: Improvisation Recipe Book. CC BY 4.0.

Project description: Dan Stone received a grant to create a course text.

TA 240: Creative Drama for the Classroom

Resource created: Open Moodle course. CC BY 4.0

Project description: Tinamarie Ivey received funding to create an OER that integrated many existing open access articles with original content.

Physical Sciences

GS 106: Earth Science

Resource created: OER website.

Project description: Shannon Othus-Gault and Michelle Harris created a companion website for LBCC's earth science course.


WD 4.245: Layout Procedures for Metals; WD 4.258: Basic Blueprint Reading; WD 4.259: Advanced Fab Techniques.

Resources created:

Project description: Marc Rose, Cameren Moran, and Ric Costin received an Open Oregon grant to create open textbooks to support the welding curriculum. They created most of the high-quality images in their books as well as the text.