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Open Educational Resources (OER): About OER

Links, videos and other resources for OER

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"OER Logo" by Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are 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 (Hewlett).

OER can include textbooks, videos, tests, entire courses, course modules, and syllabi.

Why use Open Educational Resources? OER are free, ready-to-use content for your classes. Creators and users are free to retain rights, reuse content, remix content, revise content, or redistribute content.

OER Materials may include:

  •     Textbooks
  •     Course readings, articles, and journals
  •     Course packs
  •     Quizzes
  •     Streaming videos
  •     Virtually any other material used for educational purposes


"Zero Textbook Cost" by Skyline College is licensed under CC BY 4.0

About OER

image of popsicle sticks with the OER Steps: reuse, redistribution, retention, revision, remixing

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that permit:

  1. Reuse
  2. Redistribution
  3. Retention
  4. Revision
  5. Remixing                  

"lolly_sticks" by How can I recycle this is licensed under CC BY 2.0

OER can include material from the public domain, openly licensed materials or material made available for the above uses through the copyright owner's permission.


 -- Derived from

"The 5Rs of Openness" by David Wiley, licensed under CC BY 4.0 
and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation definition.



What is ZTC?

S.B. 1359 states Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) “may include open educational resources, institutionally licensed campus library materials that all students enrolled in the course have access to use, and other properly licensed and adopted materials.”

Zero textbook cost (ZTC) also means that students do not incur any costs for purchasing course materials. Zero-cost to the students does not guarantee zero-cost to the institution, i.e. subscription databases, library equipment loans. To create a ZTC course, instructors might use Open Educational Resources (OER); Open Access, Creative Commons, and public domain materials, along with teacher-created materials and electronic resources owned or licensed by the Clark College Libraries.

ZTC materials include:

  • Openly available resources
  • Student created materials
  • Open Education Resources (OER)
  • Teacher created materials
  • Clark College Libraries online resources
  • Public Domain


"Zero Textbook Cost" by Skyline College is licensed under CC BY 4.0

WA Case Snapshots

Screenshot of first page of linked document: Case Snapshots: Washington Community & Technical Colleges’ Cost Saving Stories from the use of Open Educational Resources

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