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Open Education Resources & Zero Cost Textbooks: Information & Studies for faculty

Where to find open, free & affordable textbooks

Survey on Students Attitudes towards Textbooks

In January and February  2019 a survey on student's attitudes towards textbook costs was sent out via email. Read the results from 261 respondents by downloading the file below.



Faculty colleagues in the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California reviewed over one hundred free and open electronic textbooks in art, business, education, humanities, math and statistics, science and technology, and social science. The California OER Council developed the evaluation rubric faculty reviewers used. Each textbook was reviewed by a member of community college faculty as well as CSU and UC faculty.

Read the reviews on the Cool4Ed website. 

Community College Consortium on Open Education Resources

The Community College Consortium on Open Education Resources (CCCOER), established in 2007 in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, is "a joint effort by individual community colleges, regional and statewide consortia, the Open Courseware Consortium,  the American Association for Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and many other educational partners to develop and use open educational resources, open textbooks, and open courseware to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning."

Laws governing textbooks costs passed

Several recent laws have fueled the effort  to make textbooks more affordable.

California's three higher educational systems, the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges established the California Open Education Resource Council last year, as well as the California Digital Open Source Library. Two legistlative bills established the goal of making higher education in California more affordable by providing faculty and students access to free and lower-cost instructional materials.