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OER & ZTC: Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost Options

A guide for faculty and students about OER and ZTC at Pasadena City College

What are OER?

 Section 67423 of California Education Code defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as: 

"high-quality teaching, learning, and research resources that:

  1. Reside in the public domain or
  2. Have been released under an intellectual property license, such as a Creative Commons license, that permits their free use and repurposing by others, and
  3. May include other resources that are legally available and free of cost to students. 

Open educational resources include, but are not limited to, full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, faculty-created content, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."