Textbook Zero at Tidewater Community College

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Beginning in Autumn/Fall 2013 a pilot initiative at Tidewater Community College (in conjunction with Lumen Learning)  aims to reduce textbook costs for college students.

For students who pursue the new “textbook-free” degree, the total cost for required textbooks will be zero. Instead, the program will use high quality open textbooks and other open educational resources, known as OER, which are freely accessible, openly licensed materials useful for teaching, learning, assessment and research. It is estimated that a TCC student who completes the degree through the textbook-free initiative might save one-third on the cost of college.

Although many colleges offer OER courses, TCC will be the first accredited institution in the United States to offer a degree in which students pay nothing for required textbooks.

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