Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Program
For instructors: Register your course in the ZTC program
For students: How to identify ZTC courses in Bear Tracks
To support the Students’ Union advocacy work to highlight various low-cost textbook options for students, the University implemented a Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) program in the 2021/22 academic year as a pilot project. The program encourages instructors to register their ZTC courses with the Students’ Union so they can be flagged in Bear Tracks. Students can then use ZTC as a search parameter when they are making decisions about their classes.
“Zero textbook cost” means a student does not incur any costs for accessing course materials and is a great way to increase the accessibility of learning materials for all students. Options may include a mix of open educational resources (OER) or licensed library materials which can be linked through a Reading List. If you are an instructor interested in exploring alternative course material options, the library offers a search service linked from our Finding OER page. If you are a student, ask your instructor about ZTC or contact the Students' Union.
For more information on the benefit of this program, a report on the estimated savings from ZTC courses during the 2021/2022 academic year has been prepared by the Students’ Union.
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