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. 

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


​George Mason OER Metafinder​

American Institute of Mathematics Approved Textbooks​

Alamo Colleges Learning Hub

Arabic Language Learning

BC Campus Open Ed Textbook Search

Bay College Library - OER

California Social Work Education Center Hub

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning​

Center for Human Services Resource Barn - UC Davis

College Open Textbooks​ 

Cool 4Ed​

Common Core OER


Community College Consortium for OER​

Digital Public Library of America (Art, History, Literature)

Directory of Open Access Books

Flat World Knowledge Books (2012) 

Free Tech Books (Computer Science)​

Fundamentals of Business (Virginia Tech)​

Green Tea Press (Computer Science + STEM)​

Humbolt OER Page

InTech (STEM)​

Kirkwood Community College​

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Michigan College Hub

NSDL - National Science Digital Library​

OERs Used In Various Colleges and Communities

Ohio State University


Open Oregon​

Open SUNY Textbooks​

OpenStax College​

Open Text Booksto​re (Mostly Math)

Open Textbook Library

Open Textbook Library (eCampusOntario)​

Open Washington​

PLOS (Scientific Journals)

Portland State University 

The Global Text Project

Sacred Heart University - List of OER Books

SmART History (Art History)

Writing Spaces (College Level Writing)​

CC Search Beta
Jisc Digital Media​
The Met
NASA Archive


University of Texas - Maps
World Images Kiosk

Online Courses 

Academic​ Earth
Carnegie Mellon University - OER
Free Canvas Courses
Lumen - Open Courses
My Open Math (Math)
Open Education Database​
Open Learning Initiative​ 
Open Yale Courses​
Peer 2 Peer
Saylor Academy​
Sofia Open Content Initiative
Tufts Open Courseware​
Utah State University Open Courseware


A/V Geeks
DS105 - Digital Story Telling
NASA Archives