Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER Definition

According to the OER Glossary and the California OER Council, Open Educational Resources (OER) are:

Teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student, or self-learner.


About this OER Guide

The purpose of this guide is to support faculty adoption of OER, while respecting academic freedom, in order to make college affordable for our students.



Sacramento City College is participating in California’s College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798) program. As a member of SCC’s Affordable Educational Resources Committee, the Textbook Affordability College Coordinator (TACC), Antonio López, collaborates with faculty to lower the cost of textbooks for students.

OER Support Student Success

As demonstrated in the chart below, students today are faced with paying for over-priced textbooks. OER are an alternative that save students money, contributing to an affordable college education.

The Necessity of Open Educational Resources shown via this chart by depicting annual percent changes from 1978 through 2014 for Educational Books, Medical Care, New Home Prices,and the CPI.

The new era of the $400 college textbook”  by Mark J. Perry,  July 26, 2015,  AEIdeas