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Open Educational Resources @MJC

This guide provides an overview of open educational resources (OER), Zero textbook cost courses, and gives you tools to help you find, create, and share these resources.


antiracism definition and image

Antiracism Definition. Anti-Racism, Rebecca Crown Library, Dominican University, Accessed 16 July 2023.

Why Create an Antiracist Classroom?

Would your students benefit from having a stronger sense of belonging in your classroom whether that be physical or online? Cultivating a sense of belonging for all of your students will help create a better sense of community and help students stay in your class.

The resources below are not inclusive but I hope they will help you get started on your path to developing antiracist pedagogy to create an inclusive classroom.

Guiding Principles and Ideas for Creating an Antiracist Classroom

Assessing Your Textbook for Antiracism

You've found a really great OER textbook but notice that like many other textbooks it may not be up to date or as inclusive as it should be. What do you do? Thankfully with OER you can revise the textbook! 

Revising an OER Textbook

If you choose to revise (also called adapt or remix) an OER textbook, there are certain things to consider.

  • Make sure that the license allows revision. A CC license with an ND (No Derivatives) does not allow revision.
  • Determine if the format of the textbook is editable. For example, a PDF is hard and cumbersome to edit whereas a work in LibreTexts would be more feasible.
  • How much revision is needed? You won't know this until you look more closely at the text. You may find that some simple updates are needed or that the text is missing content and requires a larger revision. Determine if you have the time and energy required.
  • Make a plan. Consider putting together a team so no one person is overly burdened.
  • Lastly, once you are done, make sure to share your efforts with the open community.

Conducting an Open Textbook Survey for Equity and Inclusion

One place you can start to assess a textbook is to answer some directed questions about the text. Having several people look at the text can help find more areas that may need improvement. 

Mandeep Grewal of Butte College developed an openly license survey entitled, Open Textbook Survey for Equity and Inclusion, that can be used as a jumping off point for assessing a text:

Using a Framework for Reviewing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) in Open Educational Resources

Once you have determined the general areas that may need revision in a text, you should look at more specific areas that may need assessment and revision. For example how inclusive are your photos and illustrations? What terminology and references are you using? How can you improve on these and other elements to make your text more representative of your student population? The ASCCC OERI has developed a tool to help audit and improve an OER text, other resources, or even an online class. You can take a look at the ASCCC OERI Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Framework, and Implementation Guide (Sept. 2023) to help evaluate your resources.

For more information or to provide feedback please see the ASCCC OERI Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Framework page or contact Iris Carroll at


"Assessing Your Textbook for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA)" by Rachel Arteaga, Butte College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Selected Resources to Get You Started

Below are a collection of websites that provide diverse and inclusive stock photos to add to OER or to use in your courses. Please note the license to make sure you are following the terms of the license correctly.