About OER & ZTC

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials shared under a license allowing for free use, alteration, and/or integration into new contexts. Zero-Textbook Cost (ZTC) classes and programs rely on OER and other online resources to eliminate textbook costs for students; Low-Textbook Cost (LTC) classes have materials costing $40 or less. This site is a starting point for MiraCosta faculty and students interested in discovering MiraCosta classes that are already using OER/ZTC/LTC materials, or for finding OER to replace current textbooks. Read up on general background information on OER and ZTC if you wish.

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OER & ZTC: MiraCosta College News & Highlights

4/19/18: MiraCosta, Palomar, and CSU-San Marcos held a NCHEA dinner event on OER at Palomar College. See the flyer for details.

1/17/18: MiraCosta held an OER day with Nicole Finkbeiner from OpenStax. She met with administrators and interested departments throughout the morning; there was a large lunch event, and additional OER-related workshops in the afternoon. See videos from the lunch event including Nicole Finkbeiner's keynote address, a MiraCosta student panel, and a MiraCosta faculty panel.

In fall 2017, MiraCosta hosted an ASCCC Regional Meeting for faculty interested in learning more about OER on Sept. 16 and held a joint workshop with NCHEA partners on Oct. 20.

In 2016, MiraCosta received three grants to expand the use of OERs and the development of ZTC classes and programs.

The Physics department has committed to using OERs for the entire Physics course sequence, and use of OERs developed here at MiraCosta is rapidly increasing across the introductory Oceanography, Earth Science, and Geology classes.

The Library department has committed to going entirely ZTC for all Library classes.

The college is in compliance with the state requirement (SB 1359) to notify students of ZTC classes in the online class schedule by January 2018.

The college has established an OER Task Force comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, and students, which met regularly in 2017-18 to further strengthen these efforts.

MiraCosta was accepted as a member in the Open Education Consortium / Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources in May 2017.

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