Open Educational Resources (OER) and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.
For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.
From: OER Commons (2015)
OERs are free, ready-to-use content for your classes.
Creators and users are free to retain rights, reuse content, remix content, revise content, or redistribute content.
Most material is licensed under Creative Commons.
California has passed legistlation authorizing support for OER materials.
Don't panic! Check out these guides to see what OERs are all about.
If you need help or have questions:
Contact: Clay Gediman