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Washington State Colleges Open Course Library

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Created by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials for the state’s highest-enrolled college courses. The materials — including textbooks, syllabi, activities, readings, assessments — cost $30 or less per student and are freely available online under an open license for use by the state’s 34 public community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and anyone else worldwide. The project is set to expand to 81 courses by 2013.

The project's goals are to 1) lower textbook costs for students, 2) improve course completion rates, and 3) provide new resources for faculty. To learn more about the Open Course Library of the Washington State Colleges, Click Here.

– If you’d like to create your own personal collection of these online courses, Click here, then choose the link “Copy this Personal Collection to my profile”. You can then organize and annotate all these online courses in your own personalized manner.

IPhase 1 Courses

Most of the 42 courses identified for Phase 1are now available, and may be accessed through MERLOT. All course materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) license unless otherwise noted.

MERLOT also has a collection of online courses that faculty may use, as well as training materials to assist faculty in using online resources and academic technologies. Click on the following links to browse the collection of materials related to development of online and hybrid courses, instructional strategies in the Pedagogy Portal, or the Faculty Development Collection.

MERLOT resources have also been used to promote academic continuity when campuses are faced with disruptions due to weather, natural disasters, or other circumstances. Click here to learn more.


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