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Improve Student Success Through Open Education Resources

The MC Open initiative focuses on faculty redesigning courses using Open Educational Resources (OER) to leverage pedagogy that fosters student success while reducing costs and increasing access to course materials. Montgomery College is committed to providing OER course options leading to degree completion (commonly called Z-degrees). The MC Open initiative aims to


For more videos, please visit the Faculty Perspectives on Using OER in Their Teaching website.

1. Promote student success by encouraging faculty to redesign courses using Open Educational Resources and pedagogy that engage, connect and support student learning.
2. Make education more affordable by reducing or eliminating required costs for course materials.
3. Decrease time to degree completion by giving students the option of applying money towards an additional course rather than to books or other required course materials and by providing clear paths to degree completion.

What is a Z-course?

Z-courses are courses in which all textbook materials are available at no cost for the section. For labs and art courses, all textbook materials are available at no cost; other course materials and supplies must be purchased. Regular internet access is required for access to materials. Courses can be found in Banner by using the filtered attribute Z-Courses.

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