OER refers to educational materials that include permission for anyone to use, modify and share at no cost. An open license permits users of a resource to participate in the 5R activities of OER:
5R Definition adapted from David Wiley under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Read more about defining “open” in open educational resources.
The ASCCC OERI website contains a wealth of resources for California Community College OER developers and users.
Check out for following pages for information and resources related to adopting and creating OER:
Resources Page (includes information about the following ASCCC OERI supported resources):
OER Developers (includes the following tools and information for OER developers):
Webinars & Events (includes information about upcoming ASCCC OER webinars and events, and an extensive archive of recorded webinars)
Platforms & Tools:
"Easily create e-books, typeset PDFs, and web books. Choose from professionally designed book themes. One button publishing." Free and priced options.
OER Commons - Links to the authoring platform from OER Commons. Use Module Builder to create interactive content or Open Author to create course materials using text, files, images, etc. You will be prompted to set up an account to use this platform.
Google Drive | Google Drive Help
Drive allows you to create web-hosted documents, presentations, forms etc. Each document can be linked to from D2L and centrally maintained (i.e. you can update the google document and it will automatically update within D2L). This can be useful especially if you are using the same material for multiple classes.
Video Editing & Storage
Adoption Guide (2nd Ed.) from BC Campus includes two sections: the first sections address three distinct groups involved in open textbook adoption: instructors, post-secondary institutions, and students. The second--most comprehensive--section focuses on the operational aspects of adoption: surveying instructors about, tracking usage of, and reporting out about open textbooks (and other OER).
CC Search - Searches 12 major repositories of CC image content online. This collection includes 300 million images. New version of this tool which allows you to create an attribution statement, save to lists and more.
Bio-Image Search - Stanford's Lane Medical Library has developed a useful, rights-based search tool for biomedical images.
ClipSafari - Public domain images you can freely use for personal and commercial use without attribution to the original author.
DigCCMixter - music for videos, games, app, podcasts or just for listening
Google Advanced Search - Search by Usage Rights
The Noun Project - a platform empowering the community to build a global visual language of icons and symbols that everyone can understand.
PhET Interactive Simulations - Provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations.
Pixaby - royalty free, high quality stock images and videos