By now many of you have probably heard about OER, or open educational resources. You may have even taken a ZTC, or zero textbook cost, course here at Grossmont College, which means you didn't have to pay for a textbook for the course. If you'd like to know more about what OER and ZTC mean for your education, you've come to the right place!
ZTC stands for "zero textbook cost" and is applied to courses in which your instructor uses open educational resources (OER), or other freely available resources instead of traditional textbooks or other expensive learning materials. The California State government even passed a state bill establishing guidelines for ZTC courses. These guidelines state:
Courses can also be considered ZTC if your instructor uses resources available from the Grossmont College library instead of traditional textbooks. Library resources, including books, eBooks, articles, newspapers and more, are always free for students to use. If your instructor assigns a resource from the library for your course and you need help finding it, you can always visit the reference desk and ask a librarian for help. Help is also available through online chat, or by calling 619-644-7361.