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. This site is a starting point for MiraCosta faculty and students interested in discovering MiraCosta classes that are already using OER/ZTC 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

MiraCosta will host an ASCCC Regional Meeting for faculty interested in learning more about OER on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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.

Additionally, the college is well on its way to complying 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 will meet 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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