Student Support

Where to Find OERs



When you find materials online, if there is the standard copyright logo, it means you cannot use it without explicit permission from the source.

If there is no standard copyright logo, check out this one page PDF that explains what the different copyright licenses are in OER course materials:PDF FileOER Licensing

For more information, visit Workshops.

Where to Find OER

A simple search will list many resources. The source must be free, with no expiration date, and available to download without any login. Below are some examples:

OER Courses at SMC

At this time, courses listed below have adopted OER textbooks. Clicking the course title will link you to the adopted OER. Note in some cases, not all sections of these courses use OER. Check the Class Schedule for OER sections.

Astronomy 1: Stellar Astronomy with Laboratory

Biology 21Cell Biology

Chemistry 11: General Chemistry 1

Chemistry 12General Chemistry 2

Communication Studies 11: Elements of Public Speaking

Communication Studies 16: Small Group Discussion

Computer Science 3: Introduction to Computer Systems

Computer Science 15: Visual Basic Programming

Computer Science 17: Assembly Programming

Computer Science 20A: Data Structures with C++

Computer Science 50C Programming

Computer Science 52: C++ Programming

Computer Science 81: Internet Programming

Computer Science 85: PHP Programming

Computer Science 83R: Server-Side Ruby Web Programming

Computer Science 87A: Python Programming

English 1Reading and Composition 1   (Other materials)

Economics 2: Principles of Macroeconomics

Library 1: Introduction Library Research Methods

Physics 6: General Physics 1 with Lab

Physics 7: General Physics 2 with Lab

Sociology 1: Introduction to Sociology 1

OER in the Class Schedule

Check the Class Schedule for OER sections.

Currently, course sections that adopt an OER will be marked in the schedule of classes. A note will be added under each section that states: "Above section uses an Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook that is free." This is a state requirement, as per SB1359.

Course materials that cost less than $60 may be identified as low cost.  More details to come on this.

If a course using an OER requires supplies to be purchased, the course can still be marked as OER.

This helps students identify these sections to sign up for them given this frees them from the burden of paying for costly textbooks.

Printed OER Textbooks

Students who wish to use a printed version of the OER book, may purchase one from the bookstore.

Printed copies of OER textbooks will be available at the library for students to borrow if the faculty adopting the OER completed the steps for this option.