Open education resources (OER) represent yet another strategy for removing barriers to education. These resources are available to anyone free of charge; they are generally
public domain materials or materials licensed for educational use by an organization such as the
Creative Commons. They are typically distributed in electronic formats (typically PDF, ePub, and HTML).
The Division of Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education (LLRDE) has set for itself a goal both to facilitate OER adoption and to report on OER utilization at SJCC.To this end, we've set up a form that faculty members may use to enlist a search for
OER Textbook Alternatives.
Additionally, we will continue to grow our list of recommended OER material sites.
Cool4Ed (CSU-MERLOT)The Open Textbook Library (UMN)OpenStax (Rice)BCcampus Open Ed (British Columbia)Skills Commons (CSU-MERLOT)
OpenCourseware (MIT)Open Course Library (Washington)Saylor Academy (Saylor)
MERLOT (CSU)OER Commons (ISKME)Archive.org (Archive)Flickr CC (Yahoo!)Connexions (Rice)Community College OER Consortium
Sourceforge (Slashdot)Open Source Software List (Datamation)
For more information, contact the Shelley Blackman, Library Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn more about OER, watch the short screencast below.
Video created by Brendan Walsh for 2012 Why OER Matters competition.