Open Educational Resources

Free or Low-Cost Textbooks and Instructional Materials

What is AlamoOpen?

AlamoOpen is the district’s no-cost initiative and includes the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and IM Direct to provide no cost or lower the cost of instructional materials for students.

AlamoOpen OER & IM Direct

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

According to Texas Senate Bill 810 (SB 810):

“'Open educational resources,' means a teaching, learning, or research resource that is in the public domain or has been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use, adaptation, and redistribution of the resource by any person. The term may include full course curricula, course materials, modules, textbooks, media, assessments, software and any other tools, materials, or techniques, whether digital or otherwise, used to support access to knowledge.”

Open Education: Using Openly Licensed Resources

What is IM Direct?

IM Direct (IMD) is an inclusive access model with major education publishers, including Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. Entire classes of students automatically receive digital instructional materials discounted below competitive market rates, rather than purchasing them individually.

Students are direct billed for the IM as part of their tuition. Students can opt out before census date by re-enrolling in a non-IMD course. Students can search the class schedule for courses using IMD instructional materials by selecting the Alamo IM Direct Course attribute.

AlamoOpen OER & IM Direct

What are instructional materials?

Instructional Materials are any resource faculty use to support teaching and learning objectives within their content expertise and discipline standards. Examples include textbooks, handbooks, workbooks, web-based content, lab manuals, videos, films, homework platforms or access codes, simulations, images, diagrams, musical scores, maps or manipulatives.

What are no-cost instructional materials?

Instructional materials that are provided to students at no additional cost as they are instructor-created, OER, free on the internet, or available through the library resources. These materials support teaching and learning objectives within the content expertise of faculty and discipline standards. Examples include lecture notes, assignments, rubrics, quizzes/tests, videos, diagrams, manuals, articles or books. Excluded are any materials that are copyright-protected or restricted by terms of use policies. Students can search the class schedule for courses using no-cost instructional materials by selecting the AlamoOpen attribute.

How do I search for either AlamoOpen (no-cost textbook) or IM Direct courses?

You can limit your search to courses that are designated AlamoOpen (no-cost textbook) or IM Direct by selecting the appropriate Location/Attribution limiter during your search.

Please see the image below:

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