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OER (Open Educational Resources): Home

A guide for faculty, staff, and students about Open Educational Resources

What is OER?

"OER Square" by Lane Community College is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

"Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. [...] OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share."

Source:  "7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources" by EDUCAUSE

Image Source: "OER Square" by Lane Community College is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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As of September 13, 2023

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Faculty Select

A New and Easy Way to Find and Select OER and ZTC for Your Classes

To learn more, see the Flyer and quick Tutorial below


Zero Textbook Costs 

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Staring in Summer 2019we have been using this symbol in our published class schedule to highlight those classes that use online free textbooks/course materials.

We will also be writing a note in the schedule to let students know that there is no textbook cost associated with the class.  

Please contact Rebecca Montes if your next semester's class will be using free textbooks.

ZTC and OER (September 2022)

Background on ZTC from the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges (Fall 2021)


AB-798 College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015

ARTICLE 4. Zero-Textbook-Cost Degree Grant Program [78050 - 78052] - Ed Code


OER Task Force - ASCCC

Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges

Webinars - Upcoming and Archived

Resources from the ASCCC Canvas Site

Newsletter Sign-up -- Choose "ASCCC OER Initiative" from the drop-down menu to learn more.

OER and Equity


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This guide contains materials derived from multiple works from the following source: "Faculty Guide to OER" by Tacoma Community College Library licensed under CC BY SA 4.0 

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