OER means "Open Educational Resource" and ZTC means "Zero Textbook Cost." These two acronyms are often confused, but do not mean the same thing. A zero textbook cost course is one that uses learning materials that cost the students zero dollars. The main method of eliminating textbook costs in courses is by adopting Open Educational Resources (OER). OER is not the only method of creating a zero textbook cost course since WHCL Library materials and some online educational materials (e.g. websites, videos, tutorials) are also free to the students. ZTC is our goal and OER is one of the methods to achieve that goal.
- How does OER help students and faculty?
- My books are expensive. What can I do to spend less?
- What is the difference between OER and ZTC?
- [Faculty] Am I required to inform the campus bookstore or the learning area when I switch to OER to replace a traditional textbook?
- [Faculty] Are we giving up quality when transitioning from using textbooks from publishers, like Pearson or Cengage, to using only OER?
- [Faculty] Can I use OER with Canvas?
- [Faculty] How can I know that the OER I select will be kept up-to-date and accurate?
- [Faculty] How do I know if a resource has an open license?
- [Faculty] How do I know if a resource is considered OER?
- [Faculty] I want to know what OER other instructors are using at other institutions. Can I find this out?