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OER at Yavapai College

Open Educational Resources (OER) are a type of educational materials that are openly licensed. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can can retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute them (the 5 R's), according to a widely accepted definition of OER. The use of OER among YC Faculty continues to grow, and this effort is led by the OER Committee, the VP of Academics and the Manager of Academic Initiatives.

the five r's of OER: retain, redistribute, revise, remix and reuse

Get Started with OER


Open educational resources are openly licensed, meaning:

Free resources may or may not be openly licensed; one can give away their own copyrighted materials, but that doesn't make it OER.

Simply put, OER is openly licensed - that is the single distinguishing factor!

Get involved

The college is actively promoting the creation of OER courses and programs. Faculty who want to teach official college OER must complete an OER Training Course. Contact TeLS for information about taking part in this course and the best options for incorporating open resources into your course.

Faculty may be eligible for a stipend for developing an OER course. The current stipends according to levels of development are in this document: OER - Faculty Stipends. The current amounts are based on courses that are at least 3 credit hours and demonstrate a student need.

The process for building an OER course at YC:

  1. Instructor enrolls in OER training course - see details below.
  2. Instructor applies to get stipend to build course. (see application link below).
  3. Academic VP approves and identifies appropriate stipend tier level; course is marked as OER in registration system for appropriate future term.
  4. By the textbook adoption date, OER instructors notify their ISS that they will not have materials in the bookstore.

  5. Instructor builds course, then submits it for approval to TeLS - see details below.

  6. TeLS reviews course and works with instructor to complete OER build (if necessary).
  7. TeLS approves course and stipend is processed*.
  8. Instructor shares course on Canvas commons so it's available for any YC instructor to utilize.

*Contact OIS if your course has been approved and have questions about payment.

OER training course required of all OER teachers

A self-paced, online training course is required of any teacher building or teaching an official OER course at YC. It requires an estimated 10 hours of time, and teachers can earn a $200 stipend for completing the course. Contact if you are interested in enrolling.

OER course approval

Z-courses are approved by TeLS instructional designers using this rubric

Course approval submission dates

  • Spring 2022: Nov. 1st 
  • Summer 2022: Apr. 1st
  • Fall 2022: July 1st


Lumen Learning Courseware - Free for Students in OER courses

Faculty who complete the course can take advantage of Yavapai College's agreement with Lumen Learning to use any of its courseware without passing any cost to the student - for free - beginning fall 2020. These comprise an entire course curriculum that can be imported into Canvas, making it simpler for teachers to have complete content that also has the adaptable qualities of OER.
If you find courseware you would like to try contact us at and request a Canvas course cartridge you can import into a sandbox course to see how it works. 

NOTE: Lumen courseware is not currently free for dual-enrollment courses.

Lumen support site
Lumen courseware catalog
Info about Lumen's new assessment system

Low Textbook Cost Courses - $50 Threshold at YC

Today there are many low-cost alternative materials on the market. The college has decided if the total cost of a course's required materials are $50 or less, these qualify to be marked as "Low Cost Textbooks" with a graphic in the registration system.

How YC Teachers are Using and Creating OER Content

YC faculty are joining teachers around the globe in the effort to lower student costs. Below are just 3 examples of the process from their perspective.

August 2020: Dr. Van Lieu and Dr. Palmer were recognized for creating an OER Writers Guide in the OER Digest.

Learn About OER

Article from InsideHigherEd “OER Awareness in HE” from Jan. 9th, 2016

Tidewater CC “Z-Degree” Program

This video of Dr. Jhangiani covers a wide spectrum OER issues and solutions:


Content Resources 

Start exploring on your own with the resources linked below. It is normal to use content from multiple sources along with your own content (remixing).

The YC Library OER Guide

The Canvas Commons is full of open resources designed for your Canvas courses

Creative Commons image search engine

OER aimed primarily at workforce development and vocational subjects (

Community College Consortium for OER (

OER Commons (


The Teaching Commons (

BC Campus & OpenEd ( )

OpenStax ( )

U of Arizona OER site (

Open Washington ( )

Open Oregon (

California Open Online Library ( )

Open Course Library ( )

Open Textbook Library ( )

Applied Math and Science Education Repository (–Home.php )

Scottsdale Community College- Math ( )

George Mason OER Metafinder

Ontario College Library OER Toolkit