Open Educational Resources and Zero-Textbook-Cost

What are OER and ZTC?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are basically resources used for education that can be accessed freely. OER can include course materials, textbooks, slide shows, videos, images, music, and more! 

Zero-textbook-cost (ZTC) is a designation applied to course sections that have adopted an OER or other ZTC options for their required textbook, such as a Library ebook with proper licensing.

OER are also defined in Section 78052 of California Education Code  and "ZTC" is defined through SB 1359.  

Why OER?

There are so many reasons why we should use OER in place of commercial resources whenever possible. Here are a few to consider:

  1. OER are available online or digitally for free, which lowers the cost of education for students.
  2. OER support academic freedom and provides faculty control over their instructional materials.
  3. OER can be reused, updated, and made accessible in a variety of ways aligning with equity efforts.

Need More Information?

Visit the SMC OER Guide for further details about where to find OER and the supports available at SMC. 

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