This guide is intended to be used as a launch point for discovering & investigating Open Educational Resources (OER).
Also included here are tips, tricks, best practices, and informational videos and links to tried-and-true resources that support your journey from investigation to implementation of OER materials in your course.
If you are not finding what you are looking for reach out directly to the ZTC Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to assist.
To view classes and adopted materials that are offered as no-cost Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) and lower-cost Open Educational Resources (OER) classes at Skyline College, click on OER & ZTC Classes – Fall 2021.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license, such as a Creative Commons license, that permits their free use and repurposing by others, and may include other resources that are legally available and free of cost to students. (Hewlett)
OER Materials may include:
OER are one of the many Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) mechanisms for providing high quality course materials to students at no-cost.
Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC)
S.B. 1359 states Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) course materials “may include open educational resources, institutionally licensed campus library materials that all students enrolled in the course have access to use, and other properly licensed and adopted materials.”
Zero textbook cost (ZTC) also means that students do not incur any costs by purchasing course materials. Zero-cost to the students does not guarantee zero-cost to the institution, i.e. subscription databases, library equipment loans. To create a ZTC course, instructors might use Open Educational Resources (OER); Open Access, Creative Commons, and public domain materials, along with teacher-created materials and electronic resources owned or licensed by the Skyline College Library.
Visit our OER by Subject Guide. This resource is organized by subject area and updated regularly as new OER publications are released.
Have more questions? Contact the ZTC Team at email@example.com.