Using Open Education Resources is one way of creating Zero Textbook Cost courses.
Faculty can choose Open Textbooks from the many repositories that exist or they can use OER to build their own lessons. Often times there are actually complete open lessons for different disciplines. These OER are freely and openly available to everyone to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.
Another way to create ZTC courses is using free materials that are not open (so they can’t be modified) such as articles, documents, films, and more accessed through databases at the MJC Library & Learning Center.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use, whether you are a teacher or learner.
Examples of OER include:
The great aspect of OER, is that you can adapt material in your discipline that you like to use for your own course. In fact, for a work to be an OER you must be able to do the following with it:
(Five R's at OpenContent.org)
Zero textbook cost (ZTC) means that students do not incur any costs for purchasing course materials. Zero-cost to the students does not guarantee zero-cost to the institution, i.e. subscription databases, library equipment loans. To create a ZTC course, instructors might use:
"Zero Textbook Cost." Skyline College, skylinecollege.edu/ztc/. Accessed 24 Oct. 2019.