How to Create ZTC with Open Educational Resources (OER)

These resources will help explain the steps it takes to create an openly licensed teaching material.

  • Open Learn​ offers a free in depth tutorial on understanding and creating OERs.​ 
  • The Open Education Consortium has been a pioneer in the world of OER for the last decade, their Faculty: Creating OER's webpage includes direct simple information on the creation of openly licensed materials. 
  • ​BC Campus has created a Self Publishing Guide a reference for individual educators or institutions wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.​
  • Pressbooks is an OER publishing tool. Pressbooks software helps educators and authors create aesthetic, properly formatted, texts for a one time publishing fee. 
  • The OER Student Advocate Toolkit was created by OER student leaders in the CCC and CSU systems. The toolkit's purpose is to motivate students to get involved in OER advocacy and the Open Education movement.

Materials and resources for faculty

Top O​ER Repositories 

There are many excellent OER resources, we have compiled a list of what we believe to be the top five. This ranking is based on: ease of use, breadth of content, and how often the repositories are updated.

​Understanding Creative Commons

What does it mean if an academic resource is openly licensed? These resources explain open licensing under creative commons and how this kind of licensing allows educators to freely use and share educational resources. To create a creative commons license click here.

OER Class Search 

If you are a current professor at College of the Canyons you will want to know about the OER class search function that helps students connect with classes that use OER materials in lieu of traditional textbooks. For more information please visit our ​​​​​​​​OER Class Search QA.pdf​.​

Interested in creating OER Swag for your college campus?

Checkout our OER button designs​! These designs (unless otherwise noted) are under a CC-BY 4.0 creative commons license; this means that you and your college are free to use these designs to make your own OER awareness materials

 OER Resources



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