Developing instructional materials can be a daunting project. Instructional designers are available to help faculty in the different components of course design such as development of course materials, including outcomes and objectives, assessments of student learning, instructional activities and materials. To view a repository of instructional media (projects) produced by TLED Instructional Technology in collaboration with ACC Faculty and Staff, please visit our Learning Depot.
Faculty librarians are also available to assist with materials needed to support courses via chat, email, phone and in person through the Ask a Librarian page. You can also find the Faculty Librarian at your Campus.
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are low-cost or free resources in the public domain that are used for teaching, learning and research. They include a variety of content and formats under Creative Commons or open use licensing, from textbooks to simulations to assessment tools. OER are an option for faculty to teach their courses. OER offers reduced or zero cost to students when it comes to course books and other materials.
- Open Educational Resources (OER) at ACC
- Guide on OER Resources
- ACC Learn OER
- Bookstore OER Information
Want to see examples of our ACC faculty developing OER materials for their course? Visit the Textbook Heroes page!
Z-Degree classes use free materials and open educational resources (OER) to save you money. Take an individual Z-Degree class or make them an essential part of your degree plan.
First Day (Inclusive Access)
First Day is a program where the cost of digital course materials is included with class fees for a particular class or program. Students receive digital versions of the physical textbook that may include additional educational resources such as workbooks, problem sets, tutorials, video, simulations and interactive software. Digital textbooks have many features that allows students to interact with your class content like never before. Standard features include highlighting, annotation, search functions, and multimedia links. All First Day materials are easy to access through our Blackboard learning management system.
FacultyEnlight is Barnes and Noble’s textbook selection software (B&N manages ACC’s brick and mortar bookstores). It offers a more streamlined integration between ACC’s textbook selection process and B&N’s order management system than the former ordering processes in Ellucian. Using FacultyEnlight will also assist students view the correct information (textbook and associated costs) when they click on the ‘Textbooks’ links provided in ACC’s online Course Schedule and ensure that B&N has the correct books/materials available for students.
Per Administrate Rule #4.01.006 Course Materials Orders course materials and textbooks orders will be submitted via FacultyEnlight. All staffed sections are required to have materials/textbooks ordered by the first day of registration for each semester.
For specific instructions on ordering textbooks, please contact your department.
ACC Library Services for Faculty
ACC Library has a variety of resources available to faculty for instructional materials.
You can contact Faculty Librarians for assignment and syllabus collaboration to fit your student learning outcomes, and request hands-on information literacy sessions for your class. Faculty Librarian Subject Experts are also available to assist faculty.
Part of Library Services is access to databases:
You can also search the Library.
- Faculty and Library Toolbox
- Place materials on reserve
- Add library materials for your class
- Library Instruction – Single class sessions, series of sessions, short sessions on focused topics and Blackboard integration.
- Information Literacy Option for Faculty – Find subject guides, and online tutorials useful for your courses among other Faculty Librarian support.
- Assignment Collaboration – Partner with a Faculty Librarian to design an assignment for your course.
- ACC Library resources for your course – Request a class guide, link to an item in the library, find resources in another language, request a class guide, and so much more.
Copyright & Fair Use
A critically important of developing or using instructional materials in your teaching is to become knowledgable about Copyright & Fair Use at ACC. We have an ACC Copyright Officer to help with questions and resources.
Courtney Mlinar, ACC Copyright Officer
Phone: (512) 223-9433
Location: Elgin Campus Library
Faculty can use the following tools to provide information to students about their courses and also to support student learning.
Blackboard can be used to add course content to online, hybrid and face-to-face classes. Blackboard includes discussion forms, wikis, quizzes, and journals as well. An online gradebook is helpful to students so that they know their progress in your course.
Respondus 4.0 is a software tool to develop and manage exams and is available free to ACC faculty for both your office and home computer. Respondus also enables instructors to upload exams into Blackboard without having to retype those questions in Blackboard. Then, in Blackboard make the exam secure using the Blackboard Respondus LockDown Browser tool.
Softchalk is a powerful web lesson editor that lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons for your e-learning classroom. Softchalk lessons can be integrated into Blackboard as well.
Google Sites are an easy way to create an online presence for yourself and the courses you teach. Use google sites to create a webpage about yourself, upload course syllabi and your biography. This is a great way to let your current and prospective students become familiar with your expectations.
Contact an instructional designer at your campus for help applying these tools to create instructional materials.