The Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) refers to courses in which required reading materials (e.g. Textbooks) have no cost to the access them. ZTC courses are permitted to use Open Educational Resources (OER), library resources, or other high-quality, freely available resources as long as there are zero costs for the students’ access and use of these resources.
Although the aim of the ZTC initiative is to recognize the course instructors, who have reduced the cost of the their course so that students are not paying for required reading materials, the ultimate goal is boost student success and well-being so that they can achieve their educational goals.
Successful Initiative applicants will receive a mini-grant in recognition of their work (see Grant Options below) at the end of the 2022/2023 academic year.
|Grant Type||Award Amount||Description|
|Adopt||$1,000||Use existing Affordable Learning Materials (ALMs) or Open Educational Resources (OER) without making changes to the content|
|Adapt||$1,200||Develop custom course content from multiple ALMs or OER and original open content to support learning objectives not met by existing open resources|
|Cohort||$500/person||Multi-section course teams who Adopt or Adopt existing ALMs or OER for use in all sections of a multi-section course|