Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.
Not open items:
Paid subscription items that allow sharing and modifications.
Items with a Creative Commons license that allow the item to be freely used but not altered or re-purposed.
Curated packages of materials for a fee. Although the items themselves may be open, users are paying for the convenience and expertise.
Affordable Content (sometimes called Affordable Course Content or ACC): low cost to students (can be derived from a library subscription, rental text, digital materials offered below print materials price, etc.). There should be equity in cost regarding the accessible version (this assumes that audio materials are compatible to Braille items, which is not always the case and that the affordable materials are compliant (say, have captions).
Our role is to collaborate with faculty to locate, evaluate, and curate OER resources, and resources that are already available through the TCC Library (text and multimedia) that match course objectives and provide low/no cost textbook alternatives to students.
The Open Education movement is built around the 5Rs of Open.
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