BY KAYLA VALERA | STAFF WRITER
While students begin to register for courses for the following summer and fall semesters, the issue of course materials and their looming costs may be something that should be considered when choosing classes. The Open Education Resources (O.E.R.) hopes to be of assistance to students who may struggle paying for materials such as textbooks by guiding students toward programs such as Textbook Cost: $0.
After one year of implementing the program during the spring semester of 2016, KCC’s list of the Summer and Fall 2017 semesters has just been released – showing which courses have textbook options or alternatives that have no out-of-pocket payment.
This program has already confirmed that at least 16 classes for KCC’s Summer 2017 semester abides by the Textbook Cost: $0 movement. In Fall 2017, there are so far 154 classes that also take part in this program.
At KCC, it is the instructors who choose to embrace this feature into their own curriculum, either by not requiring a textbook for their students to study from or by allowing the class to use textbooks that are freely accessible, whether it be online or at the Lama Library.
Upon looking at the class availability website, students can see classes that have adopted Textbook Cost: $0, as it will be clearly labeled under its description as such. To see the full list of the summer and fall semester courses of 2017, visit the website here.
For those who are curious about designating a certain course for this program, email one of the coordinators of “Textbook Cost: $0,” Sunyeen (Sunny) Pai at sunyeen