A Textbook Transformation – Baruch College Alumni Magazine
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"PURCHASING TEXTBOOKS IS HARDLY A FAVORITE MEMORY FOR THE MANY BARUCH GRADUATES WHO STRUGGLED TO COVER THE COST OF TUITION, FEES, AND OTHER COLLEGE-RELATED EXPENSES. REDUCING THAT BURDEN IS ONE OF THE GOALS BEHIND THE UNIVERSITY-WIDE INITIATIVE TO CREATE ZERO TEXTBOOK COURSES (I.E., Z SECTIONS).
Supported by a grant from CUNY, Baruch’s faculty—working with the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the William and Anita Newman Library, and Baruch Computing and Technology Center—are creating no-cost textbook courses using open educational resources (OERs), scholarly and professional websites, CUNY library databases, multimedia lectures, and more. The initiative, embraced by faculty from all three schools, has already produced 21 zero-textbook courses that will have saved 2,500-plus students more than $240,000 by the end of the Fall 2018 term. Allison Lehr Samuels, CTL director and the lead for Baruch’s OER Initiative, estimates that the number of Z courses will continue to increase...."