Open Educational Resources

91麻豆天美 Tahoe Community College is excited to be part of the Open Educational Resources initiative, working to adopt free or reasonably priced textbooks and other course materials. 91麻豆天美's faculty is working to look at OER options so students have easier access to an affordable education. Many of the courses offered at 91麻豆天美 come with quality textbooks and learning materials that are free to access online and low cost to purchase as a paper copy. 91麻豆天美 was granted an award to fund the research that will help with the adoption of OER materials. This funding comes from AB 798, the California congressional bill that supports OER.

Instructors are working hard to identify OER materials that are of equal or higher quality compared to the more expensive materials sold by regular publishers. Typically, an instructor will put together a package of OER course materials that are accessible online for free or at a greatly reduced price. Students who want a paper version will be able to purchase the materials at a cost that is much less than traditional course materials. 91麻豆天美's library also has copies that students can check out and use in the library, or for the entire quarter. OER materials could potentially save students thousands of dollars during their academic career at 91麻豆天美.
There are several websites that host OER materials. Your instructor will include information on the website to go to and will assist you in finding navigating to the site. Some such sites are:
  •   A collection of OER textbooks, ancillary materials and an online homework system that faculty can remix and edit.
  • California Open Online Library for Education, a great resource for information about OER and how it is being implemented in California.  
  •  A peer reviewed collection of OER materials from all subjects.
  •  A collection of OER textbooks.
  • A collection of OER materials searchable by subject
  • : Courses in Oregon that have adopted OER materials
  • : A nice search tool for finding resource
  • : A collection of the successful conversations on finding OER materials by discipline.
  • :  A list of resources that are used by CCC classes.
ANT 101:  Introduction to Acrhaeology:  Conceptual & Creative: 
ANT 102:  Cultural Anthropology: 
ANT 103:  Physical/Biological Anthropology: 
ANT 107:  Magic Witchcraft and Religion:  and 
ASL 101:  American Sign Language 1:  
ASL 102:  American Sign Language 2:
ASL 106:  Fingerspelling: 
ASL 108:  American Deaf Culture 1:
ASL 201:  American Sign Language 4:  
BIO 101:  Principles of Biology 1: 
BIO 102:  Principles of Biology 2: 
BIO 103:  Principles of Biology 3: 
BIO 110:  Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology: 
BIO 111:  Introduction to Plant and Animal Biology: 
BIO 115:  Forensics: 
BIO 120:  Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology: 
BIO 121:  Musculoskeletal Anatomy: 
BIO 142:  EMT/Firefighter Anatomy and Physiology: 
BIO 149:  Ecology
BIO 201:  Botany: 
BIO 203: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1:
BIO 204: Human Anatomy and Physiology 2:  
BIO 205: Human Anatomy and Physiology 3: 
BIO 210: Microbiology: 
BIO 212: Zoology
BSN 100:  Introduction to Business: 
BSN 101A:  Business Law:  Introduction to Law and Business Transactions: 
BSN 102:  Business Information Processing Systems
BSN 104:  Business Communication: 
BSN 107:  Business Law:  Intro to Legal: 
BSN 110A:  Financial Accounting I: 
BSN 110B:  Financial Accounting II: 
BSN 110C:  Financial Accounting III: 
BSN 120:  Human Resource Management: 
BSN 122:  Organizational Behavior: 
BSN 137:  Web Marketing:  eMarketing: 
BSN 210:  Entrepreneurship
CCJ 101:  Introduction to Criminal Justice:  
CHM 101-103:  General Chemistry:  
CHM 100,116,117:  Introductory Chemistry:  
CIS 106:  Microsoft Azure Fund (ZTC Materials Porvided
CIS 120 A,B,C:  Computer Programming
CRJ 102:  Criminal Law:  
CRJ 103:  Introduction to Evidence:  
CRJ 104:  Criminal Court Process:  
CRJ 108:  Juvenile Law and Procedures:  Taylor
CUL 101:  An Introduction to the Culinary Arts Profesion: 
CUL 102:  Principle and Practices of Food Preparation: 
CUL 103:  Food Sanitation and Safety: 
CUL 104:  An Introduction to the Baking and Pastry Arts: 
CUL 107:  Culinary Nutrition: 
CUL 108:  Advanced Culinary Methods and Concepts: 
CUL 109:  American Regional and International Cuisine: 
ECE 100:  Health Saftey and Nutrition:  
ECE 101:   Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children:  , Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
ECE 102:  Child/Adolescent Growth/Development:  Understanding the Whole Child OER Book
ECE 103:  Child Family and Community:  Child Family and Community
ECE 110:  Introduction to Curriculum:  Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, Third edition by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekemp + Other articles  Introduction to Curriculum OER Book Version 1.2
ECE 120:  Creative Experiences for Young Children:  No Textbook Required
ECE 121:  Math and Science Experiences for Young Children: 
ECE 125:  Positive Child Guidance:  No Textbook Required
ECE 126:  Teaching in a Diverse Society:  The Role of Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood Education
ECE 127:  Infant Toddler Development and Care:  Infant Toddler Development and Care
ECE 129:  The Exceptional Child:  No Textbook Required
ECE 202:  Practicum in Early Childhood Programs:  Practicum in EC Programs
ECE 203:  Administration I Programs in Early Childhood Education: 
ECE 204:  Administration II:  Personel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education: 
ECE 205:  Administration III: Adult Supervision and Mentoring in Early Care and Education: 
ECO 101:  Principles of Macroeconomics:  
ECO 102:  Principles of Microeconomics:  
ENG 101:  Reading and Composition: 
ENG 101:  Reading and Composition: 
ENG 103:  Critical Reasoning, Writing the Research Paper:  
ENG 159:  Expanded Reading/Composition:  Not Textbook Required
EVS 101:  Environmental Science: 
EVS 101L:  Environmental Science Lab: and 
EVS 102:  Environmental Science:  System Dynamics:  
EVS 103:  Environmental Science:  Human Impacts: 
GEG 101:  Physical Geography:  
GEG 102:  Human Geography:  Introduction to Human Geography 
GEG 103:  World Regional Geography:   
GEG 108:  Water Resources: , 
GEG 113:  
GEL 101:  California Geology: 
GEL 102:  Physical Geology: 
GEL 103:  History of Earth and Its Life: 
GEL 110:  Geology of National Parks and Monuments:   and    and
GEL 114:  Introduction to Earth Science:  
GEG 134:  Arc GIS: 
HEA 106:  Emergency Medical Responder: 
HEA 108:  Emergency Medical Responder (Refresh): 
HIS 111:  History of the United States from the Colonial Period through the 18th Century:  
HIS 113:  US History Part III: 
HIS 127A:  History of World Civilization to 1000:  
HIS 127C:  World Civilizations, Part C: 
HEA 131 BD:  ST:  Emergency Medical Tech:  Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured (Provided free through the library)
JPN 101-103:  Elementary Japanese:  
JPN 141-143:  Elementary Japanese:  
JPN 201-203:  Intermediate Japanese: 
MAT 109:  Mathematics for Elementary Education: 
MAT 187:  Basic Arithmetic:  
MAT 152A:  Beginning Algebra Part 1:  
MAT 152B:  Beginning Algebra Part 2:  
MAT 154A:  Intermediate Algebra:  
MAT 103A:  College Algebra Part 1:  
MAT 103B:  College Algebra Part 2:  
MAT 104:  Trigonometry:  
MAT 105:  Calculus Part 1:  
MAT 106:  Calculus Part 2: 
MAT 107:  Calculus Part 3: 
MAT 201:  Elementary Statistics:  
MAT 202:  Calculus Part 4: 
MAT 203:  Linear Algebra: 
MAT 204:  Differential Equations:  MUSIC 104B:  History of Rock Music
MUSIC 101:  Music Listening and Appreciation
MUSIC 104C:  
MUSIC 104E:  The Beatles
PET 106:  First Aid and CPR:  PHS 117:  Oceanography: PHY 104-105-106:  General Physics: 
PHY 107-108-207-208:  General Physics (Calculus):  , ,
POL 101:  Introduction to American Government and Politics:  
PSY 101:  General Psychology: 
PSY 102:  Child/Adolescent Growth/Development:  ,  Understanding the Whole Child OER Book
PSY 104:  Social Psychology:  PSY/ECE 102: ,  Understanding the Whole Child OER BookPSY 107:  Personality Psychology: 
PSY 109:  Lifespan Development: 
PSY 202:  Abnormal Psychology:  Textbook: 
PSY 210:  Introduction to Biological Psychology:  PSY 211:  Research Methods and Design:  
SOC 101:  Introduction to Sociology:  
SOC 102:  Marriage/Families/Int Relationships: 
SOC 103:  Social Problems:  ,
SOC 114:  Gender:  , Search for "Gender (Sociology of Gender)"
SPA 101,102:  Elementary Spanish:   
SPA 131:  ISSI Intermediate Grammar In Depth:  and
SPA 202:  Intermediate Spanish II:  No Textbook Required
SPA 221A:  Spanish for Heritage and Bilingual Speakers:  
SPE 101:  Public Speaking:  
SPE 104:  Speech Communication:  
THE 101:  Introduction to Theater:  THE 105A:  Introduction to Acting
WLD 102:  Introduction to Search and Rescue:  No Textbook Required
AB 798 is the Textbook Affordability Program. It's goal is to save college students money by empowering professors and local campuses to adopt high-quality, free and open educational resources for course materials. Assemblywoman Bonilla (sponsor of AB 798) recognized that free and open educational resources can reduce the total cost of education for students and their families in California's higher education institutions. 91麻豆天美's AB 798 proposal will enable the promise of a more affordable education to its students to become a reality.
Funds from AB 798 are to be used for professional development so that faculty and staff learn about open educational resources and how they will make college more affordable for students. Funds cannot be used for the following:
  • Direct compensation for faculty members who adopt open educational resources, except as provided to compensate for professional development.  
  • The development of MOOC's or online courses that include non-matriculated students.
  • The creation of new OER materials.
  • The purchase of new equipment.
  • Past curricular conversions to OER materials
91麻豆天美 was awarded a grant to create a pathway for math majors, allowing them to take all of their required courses and receive their AA degree or certificate without buying a single textbook. The main effort was to move from the expensive textbooks and online homework systems that are required in Elementary Algebra through Differential Equations to a free version that is of as high or higher quality compared to the expensive versions. We had a team of 17 mathematics faculty from throughout California working on developing the online homework system for this project. Math faculty at 91麻豆天美 were also busily planning for the move to OER materials. At this point in time, every math course offered at 91麻豆天美 is a zero textbook cost course. In addition to the math courses, we created multiple pathways through the general education requirements that students can take without paying a dime for textbooks or ancillary materials.  

ZTC degree pathways are available in the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate and AA
  • Liberal Arts:  Arts and Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

The California senate bill SB 1359 that recently passed requires all California Community Colleges to label all "Zero Cost" textbook courses in the schedule of classes.  Other than tuition, fees for the following course materials are not allow to be required for these zero cost designated courses:

  • Textbooks
  • Online homework systems
  • Workbooks
  • Required supplementary readings

The following costs do not disqualify a course from being counted as a Zero Cost textbook course:

  • Materials such as art supplies
  • Food for a culinary course
  • Fingerprinting for a child development course
  • Calculators and other electronic devices
  • Sporting equipment
  • Equipment for a fire academy course
  • Special clothing

If you have any questions about whether your course counts as a Zero Cost Textbook Course, please contact Larry Green, the Open Educational Resources director.

Questions about Open Educational Resources?  Email Larry Green at