Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona

The Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona initiative is a grant project funded by the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) through the U.S. Department of Education. Led by Yavapai College, a consortium of eight rural Arizona community colleges, was formed to increase student cost savings through access to Open Educational Resources (OER). The consortium serves 36,676 students in 12 Arizona counties (77% of Arizona geographically).   

Learn About

The Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona Consortium is collaborating to bring awareness and access to Open Educational Resources (OER) to rural Arizona community colleges. The consoritum's objectives are to increase access to OER, student cost savings, collaboration, and knowledge of OER and open pedagogy. The consortium envisions students being able to graduate or transfer to a university without purchasing textbooks and/or course materials.

Are you ready to become a member of the Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona hub? Join the OER Best Practices Group to access various resources and tools. Once a member of the hub, update your profile as an Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona educator and start saving and curating resources under the "My Items" menu.

Are you ready to collaborate with other Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona educators and contribute material to OER Commons that are searchable within the Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona hub? Request to join one of the Open Textbooks for Rural Arizona Groups in your area of expertise to get started. Click on a group to view their published resources and discussion board to see if this group is the right fit for you.

Hub Resources

            Consortium standards        Loading template for consortium partners.         Starter Kit

 

Fall 2022 Virtual Professional Development Series 

OER Commons Hub Training #2

  • Description: An introduction to the search features, groups, and the authoring tool. 
  • Date: September 16, 2022 - 1:00-2:30pm - Register Here 

OER Licensing & Attributions 

  • Description: An overview of the different Creative Commons licensing and how to correctly attribute others work. 
  • Date: September 27, 2022 - 9:00-9:45am - Register Here 
  • Date: September 29, 2022 - 2:00-2:45pm - Register Here

OER Commons Hub Training #3

  • Description: An in-depth look at the authoring tool and its functions. 
  • Date: October 7, 2022 - 1:00-2:30pm - Register Here 

How to Make Canvas Pages More Accessible 

  • Description: Learn 5 principles on how to make courses in Canvas more accessible for all students. 
  • Date: October 11, 2022 - 9:00-9:45am - Register Here
  • Date: October 13, 2022 - 2:00-2:45pm - Register Here 

How to Make Moodle Pages More Accessible 

  • Description: Learn 5 principles on how to make courses in Moodle more accessible for all students. 
  • Date: October 11, 2022 - 9:00-9:45am - Register Here
  • Date: October 13, 2022 - 2:00-2:45pm - Register Here 

OER Commons Hub Training #4

  • Description: Culminating workshop to review and enhance skills learned. 
  • Date: October 28, 2022 - 1:00-2:30pm - Register Here

Groups

Arizona Community College faculty, librarians, and other OER team members are invited to first join the OER Best Practices Group and then join their subject area group to connect with others from partner colleges.

Getting Started