Open Educational Resources

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.


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.

chart about textbook costs

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

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.