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Open Education Resources (OER)



As part of the CCC-OERI 2022-23 Student-Centered ZTC Implementation Plan, it’s the goal of the SJCC Task Force to increase the percentage of ZTC/OER offerings at SJCC by 10% to ensure greater access and equity for our students.  Mini-grant opportunities were offered for SJCC faculty during the 2023 summer term to encourage, seed, and jump-start the ongoing work of converting an entire course section into OER. Eligible proposal activities included the following: 

  • converting curriculum or pedagogy from a paid model to an OER/ZTC model; 
  • remediating non-accessible OER/ZTC content to meet accessibility standards; 
  • researching and writing reviews of OER/ZTC curriculum material for use in a discipline. 

What's next?

Planning is currently underway for the fall OER/ZTC Initiatives. What can you do now? Summer is a great time to start exploring the available OER titles in your discipline using the links to resources below.  If you have questions, please contact Salim Mohammed, OER Librarian, at


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Open Education Resource (OER) Information

Open education resources (OER) represent yet another str​ategy for re​moving barriers to education. These resources are availabl​e 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 tha​t 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.​




​​Textbook Sites

Cool4Ed​​ (CSU-MERLOT)
The Open Textbook Library (UMN)
OpenStax (Rice)
BCcampus Open Ed (British Columbia)
Skills Commons​​ (CSU-MERLOT)

Course Sites

OpenCourseware (MIT)
Open Course Library (Washington)
Saylor Academy (Saylor)

Multimedia Sites

OER Commons (ISKME) (Archive)
Flickr CC (Yahoo!)
Community College​​ OER Consortium
Scientist Spotlights


Sourceforge (​​Slashdot)
Open Source Software List (Datamation)

More Information

For more information, contact OER Librarian Salim Mohammed (​). To learn more about OER, watch the short screencast below.​​​