Open Educational Resources

With the cost of college and student debt rising, taking the time to utilize high-quality, free teaching tools can be a game changer for your students.  Supplement your course content with engaging videos and open source lesson plans - or get a ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) badge by finding a free textbook at one of the OER textbook sites.  Not ready to dive in yet?  Learn more about the OER movement through DVC's LibGuide or at the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.

Zero Textbook Cost Badge

ZTC logo, textbook with a crossed out dollar signIf you've taken the plunge to choose open educational resources over paid publisher content, make sure students know by getting your course badged with the ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) symbol in the online searchable schedule.  ZTC means there are no textbook or digital material costs for students. (However, other costs for physical materials such as a calculator, lab, or art supplies may be required.)  To get your class badged, follow the instructions in Get Your ZTC Badge

 Find a free textbook

Resource Description
OpenStax Free peer-reviewed textbooks, many with coordinating OER Canvas shells available designed to the CVC-OEI Rubric standards.*
OER Commons Search this open educational library for free textbooks, lesson plans, and modules.
LibreTexts LibreTexts' motto is "Free the Textbook," and this site hosts almost 400 open-sourced textbooks, Textmaps, and LibreTexts.

*To find the corresponding adaptable Canvas shell with the textbook embedded, log into Canvas, click Commons from the global navigation menu, and search "CCC OEI OER."  Contact our Canvas Administrator for questions and help.

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Supplement your course content with OER

Resource Description
TED Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing We all love a good TED Talk.  TED-Ed makes teaching with TED Talks easy.  Search through pre-existing lesson plans, or go big and create your own customized lessons.
YouTube Education Channel Your students are on YouTube, and you know what else is?  A lot of really interesting educational video content.  Browse playlists or subscribe to a content channel on YouTube's Educational Channel!
Stanford's Teaching Resources Stanford faculty partnered with community college faculty to make engaging content available to you.  Check out lessons from SPICE (Stanford Program on International Cross-Cultural Education), SHREI (Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative), and EPIC programs.
 PBS Video   Search through PBS's high-quality video content to bring complex concepts to life!  Categories include Science and Nature, History, Culture, and more. 
Khan Academy Khan Academy's is a non-profit company aiming to make a quality education available to everyone - for free.  Check out their content in math, history, grammar, and more. 
MyOpenMath Free, interactive math activities to use in your classrooms.

OER Grant funding available 

DVC is pleased to accept applications for the Academic Year 2019-2020 LibreText OER Grant.  Applicants can receive up to $2,500 to convert their course to Open Educational Resources using the LibreText platform.  Grant support for full and part-time faculty includes an introductory training and one-on-one consultations on the LibreText platform, as well as research and/or copyright assistance by a DVC Librarian.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the LibreText OER Grant Committee until funding is exhausted.  To apply, please fill out the LibreText OER Grant Funding Application

For questions, please reach out to Rick Robison, Dean of Library, Educational Technology, and Learning Support.  Please note that all course conversions must be completed in the 2019-20 school year so that courses are ready to be taught in subsequent semesters using LibreText OER.  

 Contact us

Name Email  Phone
Lindsey Shively, Librarian, OER   925-969-2596
Jeffrey G. Smith, OER Grant Co-Coordinator    925-969-2382
Anne Kingsley, DE Coordinator/OER Grant Co-Coordinator  925-969-2491
Kat King, Instructional Technologist   925-969-2292
Rick Robison, Dean of Library, Educational Tech and Learning Support  925-969-2601