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Online Teaching Resources for Faculty

Supporting Students with OER

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Please remember that students may be experiencing greater financial stress than usual if they’re not able to work due to the coronavirus. You might want to consider investing your time in trying resources and tools that will continue to be free to you and your students after the crisis is over. These options will increase first-day access to required course materials and save students time and money during this stressful time.

Getting Started with OER and ZTC

The Differences Between OER and ZTC: Explained
  OER: Open Education Resources ZTC: Zero Textbook Cost
Definition OERs are free or low cost teaching and learning materials that are licensed, often under an OER License term, to allow users to retain a copy of the content and reuse, revise, remix and redistribute it. OERs can include textbooks, videos, tests, entire courses, course modules, and syllabi. Why use Open Educational Resources? OERs 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. Zero textbook cost (ZTC) means that a course does not require any texts to be purchased for the course; the textbook cost for the course is zero. 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 CSM Library.
Types of Materials

OER Materials may include:

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

ZTC materials include:

  • Openly available resources
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Public domain
  • College Library eResources
  • Teacher-created materials
    • Student-created materials

OER Benefits for Students:

  • Lower costs to improve access to education opportunities.
  • Enable all students to have equal access to your course materials.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to explore course content before enrolling

OER Benefits for Educators:

  • Create and update to improve existing OER.
  • Tailor resources to fit your specific course context (e.g., translation, local examples).
  • Network and Collaborate with Peers by creating a new open educational resource with a team of your peers.
  • Explore user reviews for a more in-depth understanding of the resources available.
  • Improve pedagogy by adopting the adage "I teach concepts, not chapters." OER Benefits for Students:
  • Lower costs to improve access to education opportunities.
  • Enable all students to have equal access to your course materials.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to explore course content before enrolling

 

Four easy steps to look for open content:

  1. Identify keywords related to your course and its learning outcomes and/or objectives.
  2. Search OER repositories and libraries for relevant resources.
  3. Review the resources you’ve located for fit, currency and accessibility.
  4. Reflect on the materials you have located.

Other Resources to Help with OER/ZTC