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Open Educational Resources and Zero-Cost Course Materials


Faculty from all colleges and departments are encouraged to consider ways to reduce their course materials costs for students. There are numerous benefits for both faculty and students for making this change. 

This can seem like an overwhelming task, but there are many resources on campus and online to help make this process simpler. This guide is here to help you find a range of alternatives to costly traditional textbooks. Here you will find information on how to find Open Educational Resources (OER), adopt library resources, and create your own OER. 

Explore the tabs on this guide to find various tools and resources to help you make your course more affordable. 

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Zero-Cost Symbol in the Course Catalog

Report your Zero-Cost Course Materials

If you do not require your students to purchase any materials for your class, or you do not assign a textbook your course needs to be listed as zero cost in the course schedule!

Identifying courses that have zero textbook and materials costs in the course schedule is required by California state law (SB1359)Our students actively search for courses with the zero-cost emblem when selecting classes, so accurately labeling your course is important. 

multicolored design with geometric shapes and the letters OER