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Open Educational Resources

With the cost of college and student debt rising, taking the time to
utilize high-quality, free teaching tools can be a game-changer for your students.

Supplement your course content with engaging videos and lesson plans. Not ready to dive in yet?  Learn more about the OER movement through the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.

OER Grant funding available 

Applicants can receive up to $2,500 to convert their course to Open Educational Resources using the LibreText platform. Grant support for full and part-time faculty includes introductory training and one-on-one consultations on the LibreText platform, as well as research and/or copyright assistance. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the LibreText OER Grant Committee until funding is exhausted.

Find a free textbook

ResourceDescription
OpenStaxFree peer-reviewed textbooks, many with coordinating OER Canvas shells available designed to the CVC-OEI Rubric standards.*
OER CommonsSearch this open educational library for free textbooks, lesson plans, and modules.
LibreTextsLibreTexts’ motto is “Free the Textbook,” and this site hosts almost 400 open-sourced textbooks, Textmaps, and LibreTexts.

Note: To find the corresponding adaptable Canvas shell with the textbook embedded, log into Canvas, click Commons from the global navigation menu, and search “CCC OEI OER.”  Contact our Canvas Administrator for questions and help.

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Get your ZTC badge

If you’ve taken the plunge to choose open educational resources over a paid publisher content, make sure you let students know by getting your course badged with the ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) symbol in the online searchable schedule.

ZTC means there are no textbooks or digital material costs for students. (However, other costs for physical materials such as a calculator, lab, or art supplies may be required.)

Supplement your course content

ResourceDescription
TED Ed: Lessons Worth SharingWe all love a good TED Talk.  TED-Ed makes teaching with TED Talks easy.  Search through pre-existing lesson plans, or go big and create your own customized lessons.
YouTube Education ChannelYour students are on YouTube, and you know what else is?  A lot of really interesting educational video content.  Browse playlists or subscribe to a content channel on YouTube’s Educational Channel!
Stanford’s Teaching ResourcesStanford faculty partnered with community college faculty to make engaging content available to you.  Check out lessons from SPICE (Stanford Program on International Cross-Cultural Education), SHREI (Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative), and EPIC programs.
 PBS Video  Search through PBS’s high-quality video content to bring complex concepts to life!  Categories include Science and Nature, History, Culture, and more. 
Khan AcademyKhan Academy is a non-profit company aiming to make quality education available to everyone – for free.  Check out their content in math, history, grammar, and more. 
MyOpenMathFree, interactive math activities to use in your classrooms.

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