OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
ZERO TEXTBOOK COST (ZTC)
What is OER?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are course materials that can be used and reused freely at no cost. Unlike conventional copyrighted course material, OER material creators retain few, if any, ownership rights. Why is that important? The premise of OER is to provide "free and unfettered access, and perpetual, irrevocable 5R permissions" that allow instructors and students to "Retain, Resuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute" the course material. (Dr. David Wiley, October 2016)
Why use OER?
Open Educational Resources, or OER, can benefit students in a variety of ways. Some of the primary benefits include:
Significant Cost Savings - The high price of textbooks can be prohibitive to students in pursuit of their education. Many students cannot afford to buy their books. OER provides no-cost or low-cost course materials, that can make higher education accessible and affordable for everyone. OER ensures that students have access to all course material from the first of day of class.
Provides Access to More Quality Choices - Many top colleges and universities across the country are providing free online course options to the public. This access allows students from all walks of life the ability to enjoy high-quality courses and tutorials developed by institutions such as
Open Yale Courses,
JHSPH OpenCourseWare (John Hopkins University),
Webcast. Berkeley (University of California Berkeley),
Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Mellon University), and
Harvard Open Courses.
Flexible - OER provides flexibility for all learning styles. Students have the option of electronic content, or they can print a hard copy of the material. In addition, the same material can be presented in multiple ways using print, audio, video, and interactive technology. This flexibility is a result of the shared nature of the content, as instructors or institutions do not have to pay to use each variation of the content. Instructors can also modify or customize the material to best suit the needs of their students, and embody the nature of their courses.
Ask about OER/ZTC and the SAC OER/ZTC Degree Pathway!
In honor of
Open Education Week, Santa Ana College faculty will wear their "SAC Uses OER/ZTC" T-shirts, pass out fliers on how to search for OER courses and will have a discussion with their students about why they chose to use OER in their classes and discuss student thoughts on OER and their course materials, including the following:
Students can participate in a "Spread the Word" using the #OEWeek @santaanacollege on Instagram and Twitter accounts! Faculty, take a selfie with your class and spread the word!
Faculty can participate by wearing our "SAC Uses OER/ZTC" T-shirts on Wednesday, March 6th, and any day you teach your OER course(s)! Have a conversation with your students about OER and why you chose to use for your class!
Post informational flyers and posters around campus about OER and ZTC degree pathways and how students can enroll in OER/ZTC courses through WebAdvisor.
Tabling in front of the library (center of campus) during OpenEdWeek to promote ZTC courses along with OER/ZTC degree pathways. We will be: showcasing ZTC materials, promoting ZTC courses from the College catalog and ZTC limiter through the course enrollment management system, and promote ZTC campus initiatives.
Certificates and trophies presented to OER and ZTC Faculty adopters and Faculty Rockstars - these will be presented by the OER Faculty Work Group Members to the Rockstars during class time to show appreciation in front of their students and further promote SAC's OER and ZTC initiatives.
Santa Ana College Awarded the Zero Textbook Cost Degree Grant by the California Community College Chancellor's Office
Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degree program is one of the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives to improve teaching, learning, and accessibility for all learners at California Higher Education institutions. SAC is one of 20 California Community Colleges to be awarded the Implementation Phase II RFA for 2017/18. Courses designated as Zero Textbook Cost eliminate conventional textbook costs by using alternative instructional materials and methodologies, including open educational resources.
Santa Ana College Selected for Achieving the Dream OER Degree Initiative
Santa Ana College was recently selected to be part of the
Achieving the Dream's Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree initiative. SAC is one of only 38 community colleges nationwide that will be working to ensure equity for students in the coming year by creating two degree pathways utilizing OER materials!
Textbook Costs Inspire New Alternatives for Students by Natalie James
A national leader in collegiate student media, the Santa Ana College el Don, has published an informative article on Open Educational Resources and how SAC students benefit from an affordable textbook alternative. Read the
online el Don article for more information!
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