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Open Educational Resources

Use this guide to explore and research Open Educational Resources

Tidewater Community College OER Policy

Additional Open Educational Resources and suggestions are welcome. Please contact me - Ruth Shumate or your campus OER librarian.


Campus Librarians TCC Librarians can help you to:

Chesapeake - Olivia Reinauer 
Norfolk - Virginia Sojdehei
Portsmouth - Steve Roane 
Virginia Beach - Bethany Wright


  • Locate an open textbook
  • Locate Creative Commons or public domain images, multimedia, learning objects, assessments, etc.
  • Determine the license or copyright status of a resource you would like to use
  • Properly attribute open educational resources
  • Adopt, adapt (edit), or publish open educational resources

OER Consultation Service

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Public Domain image from the Noun Project website

TCC Library is piloting a consultation service for faculty who are adopting OER. You will meet with a librarian at your campus to discuss your needs, and the Library's college-wide OER Team will locate and vet Open Educational Resources that support your requested content and criteria.

To request library assistance, please complete the OER Consultation Request form or contact your campus OER librarian.

Pathways Course: Adopting OER in the Classroom

Pathways: Adopting OER in the Classroom is a 6-week online course developed by TCC faculty member Linda Williams and facilitated by TCC librarians. It covers everything you will need to know in order to get started with OER, and it is also required training for faculty who will be teaching a course for the Z-degree program.

Faculty can register for Pathways in the Virginia Learning Center. If you need assistance with registration, please contact your campus Faculty Professional Development Manager.


Fall 2017 Pathways sections will run from:

  • September 5 - October 15 
  • October 23 - December 3

Librarian OER Role and Qualifications

From TCC Policy 2108: Use of Open Educational Resources

4.4. OER Support
Librarians will serve a central support role for all faculty wishing to incorporate
OER into a course. Among the support provided by designated Librarians are
facilitating Pathways, preparing OER LibGuides, and assisting faculty in the
location and curation of OER content. Additional support will be provided by
faculty leaders, and an OER advisory group representing a cross-section of

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As you can see, librarians' skill set and professional values fit hand in hand with Open Educational Resources!

Web Services Librarian

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Ruth Shumate
(757) 822-2143

OER Team Leader

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Olivia Reinauer
Portsmouth Campus Library