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Open Educational Resources

Information for RVCC faculty to explore and adopt OER.

OER Defined

Open Educational Resources are freely available educational materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared to better serve all students. Fully OER materials are free of cost and free of copyright restrictions, providing a valuable alternative to costly commercial textbooks. RVCC Z-courses use OER and other free-for-student course materials in lieu of commercial textbooks. 

Search open content from more than 90 different sources:

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Find Open Textbooks

The links below will take you to online repositories and libraries of open textbooks. Open textbooks are free to use and distribute and can be adapted or changed (usually with proper attribution to the creator). Open textbooks can be used in whole or in part; how you use it is entirely up to you.

Find eBooks from the Library

Library eBooks are another option for developing a course based on materials that are free to students. Library eBooks generally have copyright restrictions, so they cannot be downloaded and posted in a course for mass use. However, you can link to the eBook within the library collection and students will access the eBook by logging in with their G# and password. A librarian can help you identify the best link to provide to students. 

Other Open Resources and Supplemental Materials

Besides using full textbooks, OER can be implemented by curating a variety of open access, digital resources. Below are places where you can find such resources. Also consider things like TED talks and other video content, websites, learning objects, and more. Anything that supports your students' learning, is cost-free and copyright-free (ex. Creative Commons licensed) can be part of your OER collection.