What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."
OER allow users to:
Open Textbooks have been released with an open license (usually a Creative Commons license) which allows them to be copied, shared and revised.
OER Repositories contain more than just open textbooks. They also have other digital learning materials such as:
What does Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) mean?
Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) refers to the cost of course materials required by students to succeed in that course. The ZTC course indicator is used as a course designation to inform students that there are no textbook costs required with the course. These ZTC courses are permitted to use library resources or other high-quality, freely available resources as long as there are zero costs for the students’ access and use of these resources.
Open Educational Resources (OER) can benefit students in myriad ways, some of which include:
Brandle, Katz, S., Hays, A., Beth, A., Cooney, C., DiSanto, J., Miles, L., & Morrison, A. (2019). But what do the students think: Results of the CUNY cross-campus zero-textbook cost student survey. Open Praxis, 11(1), 85–101. https://doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.11.1.932
Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Courses at FSCJ
The Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) course indicator is a designation within the Online Course Catalog that courses receive when the course section requires course materials at no cost to students.
To find ZTC courses in the FSCJ online course catalog, review the materials below:
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