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Open Educational Resources at LCC: Add Audio or Print
Learn how to find and use OER materials in teaching and learning.
While OER materials are designed to be free and available online, some students prefer to also have a printed copy.
Although it may be possible to print an OER textbook, some OER materials are not well-suited for printing. If the OER is primarily a website or a textbook that has links to outside materials, embedded videos, or interactive activities (such as H5P), these features will not come through in a printed version.
Students should check with their professors about printing their OER texbook.
Lulu is an online service that allows users to print books at a low cost. Users must first create an account, upload a pdf, and choose the format. Users can then give others access to a link that will allow them to order the book.
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The minimum order is $11.99, which includes 75 pages or less. Additional cost per page for larger orders.
The Screen Reader extension for the Google Chrome browser works well to function as an audio reader. There are web reader options that require purchase of a program, but as for free resources, Chrome Vox does a great job and is simple to turn on and off.
Central Access Reader (CAR) in the Library
CAR is a software program on a computer in the LCC Library or installed on laptops you check out from the Library. Ask a librarian for assistance using this program. You must copy a chapter of your textbook into the reader, and it will read aloud and highlight the sentences.