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OER: Open Educational Resources: California Regulations

This guide on OER (Open Educational Resources) is designed to give FC faculty some basic information that will encourage the adoption and implementation of OER in their courses.

Senate Bill 1359

SB 1359 requires the “marking” of no cost sections – a requirement that is not only seen in California. Read Marking Open and Affordable Courses: Best Practices and Case Studies to learn more about this practice.


Senate Bill (SB) 1359 and Beyond – Textbook Affordability and Transparency


On January 1, 2018, California made it a requirement for all Community Colleges and California State Universities to identify in its class schedule which sections use zero-textbook-cost materials so that students would know which classes have textbooks that are available online for free through SB-1359.

AB 607 - Course Materials Cost

XB12 - course section costs




Section has no associated instructional material


Section has instructional material costs none of which are passed on to students


Section has low instructional material costs (as defined locally)


Section uses only no-cost, OER instructional material


Section uses only no-cost digital instructional material that does not meet OER guidelines


Section uses a mix of OER and other no-cost digital instructional materials that do not meet OER guidelines; any costs are not passed to the student


Section does not meet no-cost or low-cost instructional material criteria






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