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.
How will Open Educational Resources affect students?
Where will students access the digital OER materials?
- 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
- Oregon's OER: Courses in Oregon that have adopted OER materials
Here are some courses that have adopted OER textbooks
MAT 201: Elementary Statistics: Introductory Statistics
MAT 203: Linear Algebra: Linear Algebra
MUSIC 104B: History of Rock Music
MUSIC 104E: The Beatles
PHS 117: Oceanography: Introduction to Physical Oceanography
PHY 104-105-106: General Physics: College Physics
What faculty at LTCC are planning on adopting or have already adopted OER materials?
What is AB 798?
- 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
What is the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degree?
What Does It Take for a Course to Qualify as a Zero Textbook Cost Course?
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.