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OER Faculty Guide


Using Open Education Resources is one way of creating Zero Textbook Cost courses

OER textbooks and materials are freely and openly available to everyone to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.

ZTC courses can include materials that are not open (so they can’t be modified). Examples of these could include articles, documents, films, and more accessed through databases at the VVC Library or other subscriptions paid through the college but are free for students. 

More examples of ZTC resources:

  • Public domain
  • Teacher created
  • Student created
  • Openly available resources (educational websites, etc...)

OER Liaison

Yvonne Reed

Faculty & Systems Librarian


What is OER?

OER Guide

OER Defined: 

"'Open Educational Resources' 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. 'Open educational resources' include, but are not limited to, full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, faculty-created content, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

Why use OER?

Compelling Reasons to Consider OER – The Barriers

  • Rising cost of textbooks
  • Access challenges for students 
  • Inequitable impact of cost

Other Considerations

  • Allows for flexibility and customization of content
  • Opportunity to include marginalized voices and points of view to content
  • Opportunity for colloboration