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OER/ZTC Certificate

Information about an exciting opportunity for UAA and APU faculty to learn about and explore open educational resources (OER) and other zero-cost (ZTC) course materials.

Program Description

Faculty who are aware of open educational resources (OER) and OER initiatives like UAA Textbook Affordability are more likely to make the switch from commercial materials to OER or other zero-cost course materials (or ZTC, the acronym for "zero textbook cost") (Spilovoy, et al.). The goal of this Certificate program is to increase awareness of OER/ZTC and ensure faculty have the essential knowledge needed to successfully transition courses to OER/ZTC -- all with the smallest time commitment and maximum flexibility possible -- in an effort to increase the number of ZTC courses at UAA.

Most people who complete the OER/ZTC Certificate program are eligible to receive a $300 award. See more information below. You can see a preview of the program content on the Curriculum tab.

When can you begin? Check back here in early November 2021 or email D'Arcy Hutchings to request an email notification when the program goes live.

Who Can Participate

Every UAA and APU employee is welcome to complete the Certficate program and receive recognition for completion (e.g., digital/print certificate of completion; name listed on our website). However, to be eligible for the $300 award upon completion, you must be:

  • Tenure-track, tenured, or non-tenure-track faculty; or a pre-approved staff member or adjunct faculty member *
  • A current employee at UAA (any campus) or APU when you complete the certificate and when the award is distributed through payroll (may be up to 6 weeks after official completion date)
  • One of the first 100 people eligible for the award to complete the program in FY 2021-2022 **
  • Someone who has not already received compensation for completion of the Textbook Affordability Fellows (formerly Textbook Transformation Fellows) intensive at UAA

* In circumstances where a staff member or adjunct faculty member plays an influential role in course textbook selection, they may also be considered for an award for Certificate completion. Contact D'Arcy Hutchings for consideration.

** Funding for 100 certificates is available for FY 2021-2022. Additional funding may be available in 2022-2023.


You can complete the Certificate program at any time after it opens. We anticipate the program opening in early November 2021. Check back here then or email D'Arcy Hutchings to request an email notification when the program goes live.

If you wish to receive payment (see eligibility restrictions above), the Certificate program must be successfully completed by May 23, 2022. At present we have funding for up to 100 faculty that must be paid out in the current fiscal year (2021/2022) and funding for future years is unknown.

We strongly recommend completing the Certificate requirements in advance of the deadline in case any revisions to the submissions are deemed necessary.

Program Leadership, Partners, and Funding

This program was developed by UAA Textbook Affordability co-chairs D'Arcy Hutchings (Associate Professor, Library) and Dr. Veronica Howard (Associate Professor, Psychology) with assistance from Zoe Dietz (student employee) in collaboration with the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

Funding for the Certificate awards is provided by the UAA/APU Consortium Library using funds earmarked for textbook affordability efforts.

Contact Me

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D'Arcy Hutchings
Instructional Design Librarian,
Assistant Professor