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As part of the CCC-OERI 2022-23 Student-Centered ZTC Implementation Plan, it’s the goal of the SJCC Task Force to increase the percentage of ZTC/OER offerings at SJCC by 10% to ensure greater access and equity for our students.  Mini-grant opportunities are being offered for SJCC faculty during the 2023 spring and 2023 summer terms to support the further development of our OER/ZTC course offerings. Interested faculty must check with Division Deans to verify the available additional load available for the term in order to accept NIA funding. Eligible grant activities include, but are not limited to, the following activities: 

  • converting curriculum or pedagogy from a paid model to an OER/ZTC model; 
  • remediating non-accessible OER/ZTC content to meet accessibility standards; 
  • researching and writing reviews of OER/ZTC curriculum material for use in your discipline. 

Applications for the first round of mini-grant funds for spring 2023 have been approved are are currently underway according to the following timeline:

Spring Timeline: 
2/23-3/2: Applications Accepted 
3/3-3/22: Applications Reviewed
3/16: Recipients Notified of Status
3/17: Grant Training Workshop: Using OER to Further Equity: Foundations 
4/14: Status reports due
5/12: Final submissions due

What's next?

Planning is currently underway for the next round of summer mini-grants. We anticipate a higher volume of applications for summer grants since a larger pool of applicants will have available NIA funding load in the summer. An email announcement to all faculty will be sent out once the details have been confirmed for the next phase of grant applications for the summer term. What can you do now? Spring is a great time to start exploring the available OER titles in your discipline using the links to resources below. 

If you have questions, please contact Susan (Liz) Hickok at


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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Open Education Resource (OER) Information

Open education resources (OER) represent yet another str​ategy for re​moving barriers to education. These resources are availabl​e to anyone free of charge; they are generally public domain materials or materials licensed for educational use by an organization such as the Creative Commons.

They are typically distributed in electronic formats (typically PDF, ePub, and HTML).

​The Division of Library, Learning Resources & Distance Education (LLRDE) has set for itself a goal both to facilitate OER adoption and to report on OER utilization at SJCC.​To this end, we've set up a form tha​t faculty members may use to enlist a search forOER Textbook Alternatives​

Additionally, we will continue to grow our list of recommended OER material sites.​




​​Textbook Sites

Cool4Ed​​ (CSU-MERLOT)
The Open Textbook Library (UMN)
OpenStax (Rice)
BCcampus Open Ed (British Columbia)
Skills Commons​​ (CSU-MERLOT)


Course Sites

OpenCourseware (MIT)
Open Course Library (Washington)
Saylor Academy (Saylor)

Multimedia Sites

OER Commons (ISKME) (Archive)
Flickr CC (Yahoo!)
Community College​​ OER Consortium



Sourceforge (​​Slashdot)
Open Source Software List (Datamation)

More Information

For more information, contact the Shelley Blackman, Library Coordinator (​). To learn more about OER, watch the short screencast below.​​​