Open Educational Resources at CVTC

In 2013, CVTC was a pioneer in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are publicly available learning and research tools, including modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and other resources. CVTC is committed to improving college access and affordability for all students. The growing use of OER for online, face-to-face, and remote learning improves CVTC’s ability to reduce one of the greatest barriers to higher education.

The low- or no-cost nature of OER directly combats the increasingly expensive textbooks and digital content fees that are impacting students’ access to college, and jeopardizing their overall potential for academic success. OER are particularly helpful for underserved populations, such as first generation college-goers, low-income families, immigrants, and minority students.

CVTC is a leader in course development that includes a range of OER resources. OER teaching and learning materials have a license that allows them to be used, shared, adapted, and retained at no charge, and do not require extra permission. Like OER, affordable educational resources (AER) make use of resources such as ebooks or journal articles that cannot be shared, adapted or retained, but may be used at no cost to the student. Many CVTC courses make use of both these types of materials.

Hear from CVTC Students & Staff

CVTC OER Highlights: 2020-2021

  • $1,028,817 in student savings
  • 4,178 students enrolled in an OER/AER course
  • 85 unique courses/340 sections used OER/AER
  • $246 average student savings
  • 200+ faculty, staff, and leadership trained as OER Champions 
  • Over 450,000 eBooks available to CVTC students at no cost

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CVTC OER Resources

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