What are OER and ZTC?
Zero Textbook Cost, or ZTC for short, are digital textbooks available for FREE to students. Many instructors at College of the Canyons have chosen to use these textbooks, which are created by using Open Educational Resources (OER) content in their classrooms to cut educational costs for students. As textbook prices rise, more and more courses are utilizing ZTC textbooks to provide a free alternative to traditional textbooks.
I can take classes with FREE textbooks?!
Yes! Classes that use Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) textbooks are listed in the class schedule. You can click on a class section to verify that it is a ZTC textbook course. There will be a note explaining that the class uses a no-cost digital textbook.
How can I find ZTC Classes?
It's easy! To enroll in a class without any textbook fees, open the schedule of classes and check the box, “Search for ZTC sections.” There is a textbook icon with a slashed money sign beneath the box. Once you’ve checked this box, click “Submit” at the bottom of the page to generate the class sections with no textbooks costs.