Open Educational Resources
Lake Tahoe Community College is excited to be part of the Open Educational Resources initiative, working to adopt free or reasonably priced textbooks and other course materials. Many of our faculty will be working this year to look at the OER option so that students will have easier access to an affordable education. We hope that in the near future, many of the courses offered at LTCC will come with quality textbooks and learning materials that are free to access online and low cost to purchase as a paper copy. This year, LTCC was granted an award to fund the research that will help with the adoption of OER materials. This funding comes from AB 798, the California congressional bill that supports OER.
- Cool4Ed: California Open Online Library for Education, a great resource for information about OER and how it is being implemented in California.
- MERLOT.org: A peer reviewed collection of OER materials from all subjects.
- Open Stax: A collection of OER textbooks.
- OER Commons: A collection of OER materials searchable by subject
- OpenOregon: Courses in Oregon that have adopted OER materials
- OpenUMB: A nice search tool for finding resource
- Listserve Conversations: A collection of the successful conversations on finding OER materials by discipline.
- Barnes & Noble Courseware: Discounted online Courseware
MUSIC 104B: History of Rock Music
MUSIC 104C: World Music
MUSIC 104E: The Beatles
PHS 117: Oceanography: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
PHY 104-105-106: General Physics: College Physics
POL 101: Introduction to American Government and Politics: American Government
PSY/ECE 102: Child and Adolescent Growth
PSY 107: Personality Psychology: Personality Theory in a Cultural Context
PSY 211: Research Methods and Design: Research Methods in Psychology
SPA 221A: Spanish for Heritage and Bilingual Speakers: SPA 114 Spanish for Heritage Speakers 2
SPE 101: Public Speaking: The Public Speaking Project
THE 105A: Introduction to Acting
- Direct compensation for faculty members who adopt open educational resources, except as provided to compensate for professional development.
- The development of MOOC's or online courses that include non-matriculated students.
- The creation of new OER materials.
- The purchase of new equipment.
- Past curricular conversions to OER materials
The California senate bill SB 1359 that recently passed requires all California Community Colleges to label all "Zero Cost" textbook courses in the schedule of classes. Other than tuition, fees for the following course materials are not allow to be required for these zero cost designated courses:
- Online homework systems
- Required supplementary readings
The following costs do not disqualify a course from being counted as a Zero Cost textbook course:
- Materials such as art supplies
- Food for a culinary course
- Fingerprinting for a child development course
- Calculators and other electronic devices
- Sporting equipment
- Equipment for a fire academy course
- Special clothing
If you have any questions about whether your course counts as a Zero Cost Textbook Course, please contact Larry Green, the Open Educational Resources director.