ACC selects OER course developers, reviewers

The following Austin Community College faculty have been selected to develop and review courses that use open educational resources (OER) instead of commercial textbooks.

Students taking the courses will be able to earn an associate of arts or science degree in general studies using free or low-cost online resources, potentially saving thousands of dollars on textbooks. ACC is developing the materials in collaboration with three other Texas community colleges. (See ACC receives grant to develop open educational resources.)

Course reviewers are still needed for some subjects (see below). Interested faculty should apply by Monday, September 26.

OER courses developers

Name Course
Deborah Hoag, adjunct assistant professor U.S. Government (GOVT 2305)
Dr. Kris Seago, professor/department chair
Dr. Ellen Baik, adjunct professor
Texas State & Local Government (GOVT 2306)
Heather Syrett, assistant professor
Laura Lucas, instructional designer, adjunct assistant professor
Effective Learning (EDUC 1300)
Dr. Mary Parker, professor
Lindsay Orlando, assistant professor
College Mathematics (MATH 1332)
Dr. Alice Sessions, professor
Dr. Linnea Fletcher, professor/department chair
Cellular & Molecular Biology (BIOL 1406)
Dr. Anita Thomas, professor
Dr. Stephanie Carlson, professor
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 2401)
Curtis Eckerman, associate professor
Rebecca Rebhorn, adjunct associate professor
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 2402)
Dr. Paul Williams, professor General College Physics I (PHYS 1401)
Gabriel Arellano, assistant professor General College Physics II (PHYS 1402)

OER course reviewers

Name Course
Jenifer Hernandez, assistant professor English Composition I (ENGL 1301)
Tina Buck, adjunct professor English Composition II (ENGL 1302)
Dr. Wayne Butler, adjunct professor Technical & Business Writing (ENGL 2311)
Tasha Davis, associate professor Introduction to Speech Communication (SPCH 1311)
Dr. Kevin Clark, adjunct professor Public Speaking (SPCH 1315)
Dr. Al Purcell, professor/department chair United States History I (HIST 1301)
Dr. Samuel Echevarria-Cruz, professor Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1301)
Dr. Dilani Jayawardhana, adjunct associate professor Introductory Chemistry I (CHEM 1305/1105; lecture/lab)
Dr. Nandini Chari, adjunct associate professor
Dr. Dharmika Lansakara-P, adjunct associate professor
General Chemistry I (CHEM 1311/1111; lecture/lab)

Additional reviewers needed    

The college needs reviewers for the courses listed below. In addition to reviewing courses and providing feedback to course developers, reviewers will teach at least one pilot section in spring or fall 2017 using the OER material they reviewed. Reviewers will receive a stipend for their review work and an additional stipend for piloting the course.

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2301)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2302)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1301)
  • Ethics (PHIL 2306)
  • College Algebra (MATH 1314)
  • Music Appreciation (MUSI 1306)

Full-time or adjunct faculty may apply. Access an application or contact Dr. Gaye Lynn Scott, [email protected], for information and details about roles and responsibilities of course reviewers.


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