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Textbook Affordability

Textbook Cost: $0

Textbook Cost: $0” (TC: $0) is the designation for a class that does not require students to purchase any course materials out of pocket. Course materials include textbooks, bundled access codes, supplemental readings, homework or testing modules, etc. Some examples of classes eligible for the TC: $0 designation include those that:

  • don’t use a textbook
  • use freely available online resources in lieu of a textbook
  • use Library materials, such as ebooks or scholarly articles from a Library database, in lieu of a textbook
  • use instructor-created materials distributed freely in class or via a learning management system
  • use “open” textbooks, such as those published by OpenStax

Essentially, if a class is TC: $0, a student will expect to pay no out-of-pocket costs (except for tuition) to successfully complete the course.

Each semester, the campus Open Education Resources (OER) Committee, sends out a survey to instructors, asking them to review the criteria for TC: $0 and self-identify if any of their courses meet those standards. The list of classes that have been identified as TC: $0 can be access by clicking on the button below.

List of Textbook Cost: $0 Courses


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”  (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, “Open Educational Resources“)

The UHWO OER Committee is dedicated to empowering UHWO instructors to consider ways to take more ownership of their teaching materials, and to adopt or create OER to benefit their students.

Some of the benefits of OER

  • Save costs for students.
    OER drastically reduces the amount of money students spend on educational materials.
  • Expand access to educational materials.
    Students anywhere in the world can access OER at any time.
  • Ease-of-distribution.
    OER are easy to distribute widely with little or no cost.
  • Supplement class materials.
    OER can augment traditional learning formats, where there may be clear deficiencies on certain topics.
  • Social responsibility.
    Provides educational advancement for all, student or not.

For more information about Open Educational Resources, including how to find, evaluate, and adopt them, please click on the button below.

Open Educational Resources


Course Reserves

The Course Reserve collection in the Library grants students access to textbooks and supplementary readings that their instructor has requested be made available to students in short increments. The format of this collection allows for maximum student usage, as most items are only available for 3-hour loan periods for library-use only.

The full list of items currently on Course Reserve can be accessed by clicking on this link. This list continues to be updated as requests are made and processed.

For more information about Course Reserves, including details about how students can find and use these items, as well as details about how instructors can place items in this collection, please click on the button below.

List of Textbooks on Course Reserve More About Course Reserves


Lending Library for HE Courses

In partnership with ASUHWO, and thanks to funding from both ASUHWO and a Title III grant, a lending library of textbooks for certain high-enrolled (HE) courses debuted in Spring 2019. These items will be placed on Course Reserve in the Library, so all students are encouraged to frequently consult the Course Reserve list before the semester begins, and during the first few weeks of the semester, to ascertain whether their textbooks will be available in the Library.

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