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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Textbook Replacement

Zero Cost Resources

What are Zero Cost Resources?

Z Courses are gaining momentum in all areas of Higher Ed. Z Courses can incorporate OER’s into the curriculum but may also rely on resources already available to the college and the students. Examples are direct links to articles found in library databases, videos from Hoonuit, or links to outside resources that are embedded in the courses to support learning outcomes.The college already provides some of these resources and they are freely available to the student, resulting in a zero cost for the course, but they are not considered an OER.

Z Course Resources

  • HippoCampus
    Over 5700 free videos, games, resources and interactives  for students  in 13 subject areas. NROC project.
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. Subjects available include Math, Science& Engineering, Computing, Arts & Humanities, Economics & Finance and careers.
  • Learn Software for Free
    From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.
  • LibreTexts
    LibreTexts libraries are Powered by MindTouch® and are supported by the National Science Foundation. The website offers a collection of learning resoures for sciences, math, statistics and social sciences. Many interactive models, resources, and entire courses can be acessed.
  • Met Museum Resources
    Met Museum makes 405,000 images free.
  • MyOpenMath
    Open source interactive math homework exercises. Accompanies OpenTextbookStore.
  •     OpenLibrary
  • Pexels
    Pexels is a stock images resource and is covered by a Creative Commons Zero License. Pexels has a great range of portraits, lifestyle and dynamic background images.
  • Unsplash
    Unsplash is a stock imagery site under a Creative Commons Zero License, which means they can be used anywhere for free. Unsplash has a good range of high-res images.