Reduce the Cost of College

De Anza College is a leader in the use of free or low-cost Open Educational Resources (OER) to make textbooks and other required course content more affordable for students.

Below is information and resources that faculty members can use to join this effort, in collaboration with the Academic Senate, Bookstore, Library Services, Office of Communications and Office of Instruction.

  • More than 13,000 students used OER or free materials in their courses at De Anza in 2017-18. In two years, that number has more than doubled!
  • De Anza students will save over $2.5 million per year in textbook costs by using OER.
  • De Anza is one of just 11 schools selected from among 42 applicants in 2017-18 for Rice University's OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program. OpenStax is the number one source of free textbooks in the US.

girl stretching a $500 billFor students: 

For instructors:

  • Below you'll find some of the initiatives available to faculty members at De Anza.

Low-Cost Textbook (LCT) designation

De Anza's online course listings now indicate which courses have a total cost of no more than $50 (TOTAL) for required books and other materials. If you believe your course qualifies, submit the OER Survey as soon as possible, when you know your schedule.

Zero-Cost Textbook (ZCT) designation

De Anza's online listings also indicate courses for which all required materials are available in digital formats at no cost to students. If you believe your course qualifies, submit the OER Survey  as soon as possible, when you know your schedule.

Additional pay

Faculty members who transition their course to a lower textbook cost option during the 2020-21 school year (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021) are eligible to receive compensation for the work involved. Submit the ATM additional pay form (doc, pdf) as soon as possible as applications will be considered as they come in until funding is no longer available.

Canvas course shell

The Online Education Initiative has put together multiple course shells in Canvas using OpenStax. These courses align with the OEI rubric (sound design and fully accessible) and have already been set up in Modules using OpenStax content. Faculty can import the content into their own course shell and then add elements for substantive interaction and additional assignments/assessments.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0), which allows you to freely share, copy, distribute and transmit the work.  Click on Finding OER in the left navigation menu and scroll to the bottom of the page.


If you need assistance finding, using or creating open educational resources for instruction, please contact:


Mark Healy

OER Coordinator

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