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ZTC Pilot Program 2022-2023

ZTC Pilot Program 2022-2023 Participants

Textbook Review Awardees:

Brooke Friley, Comm. & Media

Yuliana Zaikman, Psychology & Sociology

Frances Johnson, English

Carlos Rubio Medrano, Computer Science

Kimberly Reinhardt, CILS

Robin Johnson, CILS

Deniz Gevrek, Economics

Professional Development Awardees:

Susan De Ghize, Music

Lorin Friley, Comm. & Media

Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer, Comm. & Media

Carlos Rubio Medrano, Computer Science

Claudia Rueda, Humanities

Qianqian Liu, Health Science

Sarah Scott, Social Science

Kimberly Reinhardt, CILS

Robin Johnson, CILS

Barbera Birdwell, CILS

Susan Elwood, CILS

Ranae Belcher, Mathematics

Steven Seidel, Psychology & Sociology

Amy Houlihan, Psychology & Sociology

David Hudgins, Decision Science & Economics

Veysel Avsar, Decision Science & Economics

Tom Hsu, Accounting, Finance & Business

Zero Textbook Cost:

Anthony Zoccolillo, Psychology

Beth Rauhaus, Social Sciences

Michael Ramirez, Sociology

Collin Scarince, Psychology & Sociology

Karen Loveland, Management & Marketing

Mark Hartlaub, Psychology & Sociology

Susan De Ghize, Music

Sarah Salter, English

Sara Orbach, Marine Biology

Claudia Rueda, Humanities

Beth Robinson, Humanities

Kimberly Reinhardt, CILS

Timothy Klaus, Decision Sciences & Economics

Susan Garza, English

Daniel Bartholomay, Psychology & Sociology

Ismail Hadimlioglu, Computer Sciences


Jennifer Epley Sanders, Social Sciences

Daniel Bartholomay, Psychology & Sociology

Take a look at all the photos from our Open TAMU-CC: Zero Textbook Cost Showcase from March 2023

ZTC Stipend Program Announcement

Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) stipends available for 2023-2024

Interested in stipend funding to explore new resources for your teaching? Want to reduce costs for your students? The Bell Library invites applications for a competitive stipend program to adopt, adapt, or create free alternatives to expensive textbooks.  

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible alternatives to traditional textbooks. OERs empower faculty to innovate pedagogically, enhance access for TAMU-CC students to high-quality, tailored educational materials, and reduce the financial burden of expensive textbooks. The Bell Library’s Zero Textbook Cost program wants to fund your ideas for an OER or other textbook alternative in your class. Whether you’re interested in adopting an existing textbook or designing a next-generation package of online resources and videos, the Zero Textbook Cost program can fund your great idea with a stipend between $1,000 and $3,500 (larger stipends may be available for larger-scale and impact projects, which would include group projects). The following criteria will be prioritized: high enrollment classes, if the applying faculty member has not previously participated in this stipend program, and if a faculty member is applying from a department that has previously not engage in OER.  

You can read more about the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) program and review our call for proposals below or you can contact us with questions at:  

We look forward to hearing from you! 

ZTC Program Timeline

Timeline for 2023-2024  

September 1 Call for Proposals Opens
September 13 Informational Session: 2nd Floor of Library @ 2:30 PM
September 28

Informational Session: Zoom Recording

October 13 Call for Proposals Closes
November 1 Awardees Announced
December 7 Required Orientation for Awardees
January and February Optional cohort meetings 
March  Awardees meet with OER Working Group
May 15 Progress Report Due
July 15 Deadline to submit materials
2024-2025 Academic Year ZTC Courses Taught, assessment of OER implemented

ZTC Stipend Program

As part of the initiatives designed to help students reduce the expense of textbooks as part of their university education and make it easier for faculty to explore and create new resources for their teaching, the Bell Library is inviting TAMU-CC faculty to apply for stipends to adopt, adapt, or create free open alternatives to today’s expensive textbooks. Ranging between $1,000 and $3,500, the competitive Zero Textbook Cost stipends will be awarded to help faculty pursue innovative uses of technology and information resources that can replace pricey traditional textbooks. Larger stipends may be available for larger-scale or especially high-impact projects. Proposals submitted by faculty with high-enrollment classes, as well as faculty that have not participated in previous stipends or Open Education Resource (OER) Communities of Projects will be prioritized.  

From January 2000 to June 2022, college textbook prices increased by 162%. These runaway prices have become a major strain on students, with students spending around $340 annually based on recent Student Watch and Student Monitor surveys and according to 2018 survey, 64.2% of students surveyed did not purchase the required text because of its cost.  

Stipends are available to develop textbook alternatives for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters. Possible approaches include:  

  • Creating a new open textbook or collection of materials 

  • Adopting an existing open textbook 

  • Assembling a collection of open resources into new course materials 

  • Using subscribed library resources  

As faculty work on their proposals, Bell Librarians and DLAI staff are available to collaborate and to share expertise in copyright, licensing, open access, course management software and tools, electronic reserves, subject-matter content, and multimedia resources.  

The Bell Library will hold several informational sessions about the project in September. Faculty can learn more about the project, review the call for proposals, sign up form information sessions, and complete stipend applications at the OER website.  

ZTC Stipend Application

On September 1, 2023, the call for proposals for our Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) stipends opens. The required proposal information can be found below, and on September 1, a link to the proposal form will be made available. Proposals are due by Friday, October 13 with implementation required during the 2024-2025 academic year.  

There will be two informational sessions held, one on Wednesday, September 13th at 2:30 pm in Bell Library, and one on Thursday, September 28th at 10 am via Zoom. If you have questions about the Zero Textbook Cost program, or you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact

Available Stipends: Adapt/Adopt/Create an Open Textbook

Redesign your course to incorporate an open textbook. The textbook can be adopted as-is or remixed (rearranged, edited, or combined with other materials) to better fit class topics and presentation order. The textbook must be the required textbook -OR- there must be no required textbook. Awardees agree to use free resources during the 2024-2025 academic year and participate in the assessment provided by Bell Library.  

Eligibility of Applicants and Projects

Eligible Applicants

TAMU-CC instructors of record (faculty and adjuncts) are eligible for funding at the course and/or section level (i.e., could be all sections of a program of instruction, or just section/s under the applicant’s control).  

Activities Ineligible for Funding

Funded projects must reduce the learning materials cost of the targeted course to zero. Projects which incorporate a learning platform that costs students money to access, even a low-cost platform based on open educational resources, do not qualify. The syllabus for the course may neither require nor recommend a textbook which must be purchased. 

Proposals to purchase commercial electronic versions of textbooks, rentals of textbooks, or adoption proposals for courses that have already adopted open materials do not qualify for a stipend. 

Criteria, Conditions, and Stipend Rules

Selection and Additional Criteria

Applications can be submitted between September 1 and October 13, 2023. Complete submissions will be evaluated by the Bell Library OER Working Group and awardees will be contacted on or before November, 1 2023. Awardees will be selected based on the narrative responses to the proposal questions, as well as: 

  • Impact: strong consideration will be given to projects that offer the highest potential savings to TAMU-CC students (based on enrollment and current course material costs) 

  • Quality and strength of the application and how well it meets requirements (see rubric below) 

  • Accessibility of resource/s implemented and/or delivered 

  • Sustainability of the resource beyond initial use 

  • Applicant has not previously participated in this stipend program

  • Applicant from a department that has previously not engaged in OER 

  • Applications will be reviewed based on the rubric (see below) 

Conditions of the Award:

Awardees are expected to comply with several provisions designed to ensure that faculty undertaking projects are sufficiently familiar with OER and that the materials selected are openly licensed or available via the library. Awardees also are required to provide feedback to inform assessment of the stipend initiative. Specific requirements are addressed in the project MOA. Generally, awardees agree to: 

  • Attend required orientation (December Reading Day) 

  • Complete the Texas OER Learn modules and receive the certificate  

  • Meet with OER working group in March  

  • Submit progress report by May 15, 2024 

  • Apply an OER-compatible Creative Commons license to the final product (if adapting or creating OER) 

  • Provide finalized product/s for deposit into TAMU-CC Repository (if adapting or creating OER). 

  • Ensure that all materials meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines. 

  • Submit all deliverables by July 15, 2024 

  • Teach with ZTC materials during 2024-2025 academic year and participate in assessment provided by Bell Library 

Stipend Rules

Stipend funding is dispensed as salary (subject to taxation) and is issued directly via payroll upon completion of the project. Upon acceptance, the applicant will be informed via email and provided with a draft Letter of Award and an invitation to schedule a meeting to discuss it with library representatives so that all parties understand expectations and commitments. Projects aren’t formally launched until the Letter of Award is signed by the applicant(s). 


How to Apply to the ZTC Stipend

Step 1: Gather Information

For the ZTC stipend, you will need several kinds of information readily available: 
  • Course name and number 
  • Course title 
  • Approximate number of students per academic year 
  • Types of support required for success 
  • Anticipated implementation semester 
  • Current textbook(s) information (if applicable) 
    • Name and cost of current textbook(s) (if applicable) 
  • How many semesters you plan to use this book 

Step 2: Write a proposal addressing the following: 

  • A brief statement describing your motivation for undertaking this project. Can include comments about your experience with OER, concerns about your current course materials, concerns about student performance in the target class, etc.  
  • Pedagogical Innovation: How does your project contribute to pedagogical innovation? Is OER new to your department? Are the resources you plan to use or create innovative in a way that a traditional textbook is not? 
  • Student Impact: How does your project benefit TAMU-CC students (based on enrollment and current course materials) and/or benefit students and instructors across the field at other institutions? 
  • How do you intend to make your work sustainable across multiple courses and semesters? 
  • Implementation Plan: How will you implement OER in your course? If adopting, what course redesign is entailed? If adapting or creating, what platform will you use, what format(s) will be provided (e.g., website, PDF/A, e-book, video, etc.)?  
  • How will copyright issues be addressed? (e.g., if using content owned by third parties, is the use allowable under fair use or through a Creative Commons license? Copyright information, resources, and consultations are available via the Copyright Guide.)
  • How will you ensure your materials are accessible? Please see WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines.
  • How will students access the OER? Is it downloadable and/or printable, and mobile device viewable?  
  • Will you require support from Bell Library (e.g., help in identifying resources, consult on copyright or accessibility issues and/or course design)?  
  • What challenges do you foresee (e.g., will students potentially have problems accessing the resources, are there time constraints or technology barriers, etc.)?  
  • If you are submitting an application as a team, include some idea of what each team member’s responsibilities will be.   
  • What are your expected outcomes? How will you know they were achieved? 

Step 3: Submit your application by Friday, October 13: 

ZTC Application Rubric

Part I

Please rank the overall proposal on a scale from 1-5:  

1 = poor quality, 2 = low quality, 3 = solid quality, 4 = high quality, 5 = outstanding quality 

Pedagogical Innovation: Does the proposal describe materials that do something innovative, that a traditional textbook could not?  

  • Yes 
  • No 
  • Don’t know/didn’t answer 
  • Write in option:  

Impact: Does the proposal describe materials that will benefit many students at TAMU-CC (based on enrollment and current course material costs) and/or benefit students and instructors across the field at many institutions? Consider the sustainability over multiple courses and multiple semesters.

  • Yes  

  • No 

  • Don’t know/didn’t answer 

  • Write in option:   

Ability to Succeed: Does the proposal describe materials that could reasonably be created or adopted for the 2024-2025 academic year? Does it adequately describe logistics and identify resources within or beyond the Library that can help the instructor meet any challenges posed by the proposal such as technical needs, licensing support, etc.  

  • Yes 

  • No 

  • Don’t know/didn’t answer 

  • Write in option:  

Part II

Please rank all proposals based on their priority for funding and what level of funding is appropriate:  

  • $1,000 a small pilot project 

  • $2,000 a large, innovative, or high-impact project 

  • $3,500 an outstanding project that will serve many students or significantly advance pedagogy  

Group A: These proposals should definitely be funded:  

Group B: These proposals should be funded if resources are available, in rank order: 

Group C: These proposals need more work before we are comfortable funding them: