ELAC Students: While OER has a longer definition, you should know that OER classes are those that do not require students to purchase a textbook, access code, or any other educational materials. These classes are also known as Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC).
You can search for OER/ZTC classes in the ELAC and LACCD Schedule of Classes under "Class Search Type" as "Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) - OER." Additionally, there is a search option for "Low Cost Textbook Classes"--the textbooks and other materials in these classes are under $50. See: "Students: How to find OER classes!" for more details.
Open educational resources (OER) include any and all educational resources, such as:
To be "open" these materials need to be free in two ways:
Here's the official definition of OER by UNESCO:
"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions."
OER refers to not only textbooks, but so many other resources we use in our classrooms! Getting started in adopting OER can mean adopting an entire textbook, parts of a textbook, content from Canvas Commons, or perhaps licensing your own classroom content as OER for your colleagues to use in their classrooms. Most educators already practice this kind of sharing of educational resources already! Have you ever lent a colleague your syllabus for them to develop their course? Or has a colleague given you a really awesome handout or assignment prompt for you to adopt in your own course? OER is aligned with this spirit of sharing, just with a larger community and by purposefully applying open licenses to your work!
ELAC faculty have been involved in the creation of OER that are valuable sources for those of us here at ELAC and in the greater higher education community!
Are you an ELAC professor who has created any OER? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to this list!. We want to celebrate your good work!
Learn More About OER
Articles on Open Resources
The "About OER" tab on this research guide was adapted from OSU Libraries "Open Educational Resources" webpage.