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Open Educational Resources (OER/ZTC/LTC)

This guide provides information about OER and a basic primer about copyright and fair use for instruction

Evaluation of OER Resources

Criteria for Evaluating OER

  • Accuracy / Quality of Content 
  • Relevance
  • Production Quality
  • Accessibility
  • Interactivity
  • Cultural Relevance & Sensitivity
  • Licensing
  • Ease of Adaptability

Source: "Selection Criteria & Evaluation of OER." Austin Community College Library.

Sample Rubrics & Evaluation Tools

Source: "Open Educational Resources (OER): Evaluate OER." University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University Library.

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Learn More About OER

The resources below were compiled by the ASCCC OER Initiative and are intended to provide a general overview of the use of OER. Resources with a focus on a particular topic, such as accessibility, can be found elsewhere in the Canvas course. Direct access to the ASCCC OER Initiative in Canvas:

  1. Check your RCCD canvas account.There is a Flex credit approved shell entitled Zero Textbook Cost Pathways: OER & Equity (worth 3 hours):
    • RCCD canvas OER shell thumnail
  2. Butte College offers a course titled "Introduction to Open Educational Resources" in Canvas. Although originally designed to be a seminar-online hybrid, the course is now available as a self-paced online course.
  3. CSU Channel Islands offers a 5-day OER "bootcamp" in Canvas. "This 5-Day Workout is intended to engage you for 20 minutes per day. The focus is exploration of open educational resources in higher education."
  4. Lumen Learning's Adopting Open Educational Resources in the Classroom "provides faculty with an introduction to the laws that influence the use, re-use, and distribution of content they may want to use in a course. Activities include finding openly licensed content for use in a class and publishing openly licensed works created by faculty. At the end of the course, students will have openly licensed content that will be ready for use in a course."
  5. Maricopa's OER Faculty Workshop is a self-paced workshop in Canvas. It consists of two parts:
    • Part 1: The Easy Way to Create, License, and Share Free Materials
    • Part 2: Exploring the Possibilities of Open Educational Resources
  6. The Open University offers a self-paced course titled "Becoming an open educator" (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. As explained in the course site:
  7. Open Washington's "How to use Open Educational Resources". is a self-paced workshop that covers licensing, finding OER, accessibility, and more.
  8. University of Texas at Arlington's "Introduction to Open Education" is an EdX MOOC that provides students with an opportunity to "learn about open education and how it can significantly reduce costs, increase agency and transparency, and improve learning outcomes." Resources from this MOOC are available for review and use at the OpenEd MOOC Archive.

Direct access to the ASCCC OER Initiative in Canvas:

OER Articles

How can you use OERs in your classroom to improve your teaching? What does it mean to incorporate open pedagogy in your course? Here are some suggestions to make collaboration and sharing an integral part of your teaching.
Proponents of open educational resources (OER) claim that significant cost savings are possible when open textbooks displace traditional textbooks in the college classroom. We investigated student and faculty perceptions of OER used in a community college context. Over 125 students and 11 faculty from seven colleges responded to an online questionnaire about the cost and quality of the open textbooks used in their classrooms. Results showed that the majority of students and faculty had a positive experience using the open textbooks, appreciated the lower costs, and perceived the texts as being of high quality. The potential implications for OER initiatives at the college level seem large. If primary instructional materials can in fact be made available to students at no or very low cost, without harming learning outcomes, there appears to be a significant opportunity for disruption and innovation in higher education.


The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics


Textbooks, OER, and the Need for Open Pedagogy

The Review Project



What is Open Pedagogy?



Instructor and student experiences with open textbooks,from the California open online library for education

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