Governor Polis launches The ZTC Challenge

Did you know that the cost of textbooks has risen faster than almost every other consumer good in the U.S.?

To put college and technical school in reach, we must lower costs. That’s why Governor Polis is kicking off his ZTC Challenge for Colorado institutions.

Governor Polis explains his ZTC Challenge, which stands for Zero Textbook Cost. In ZTC courses or programs, learning materials are free for students!
Submit a Nomination!

Ready to get involved? Here’s how! 

If you’re ready to take your open education work to the next level, we encourage you to join our Open Education Ambassadors program! This community of passionate faculty and staff gets together to share ideas and best practices.

If you’re just getting started, these training and resources are available to any educator interested in building knowledge and capacity for open education and ZTC:

  1. Advanced OE professionals can take the self-paced training course ZTC + Equity + Pathways for Colorado to learn how OER supports equity and guided pathway efforts. The ZTC course will equip you with resources to advance your ZTC and OER efforts.
  2. We recommend beginners take the Understanding Open Educational Resources course from the Commonwealth of Learning.
  3. Don’t miss our ongoing workshops and training with national experts (facilitated via webinar). See this agenda for a list of current offerings and recently recorded sessions.
  4. Join us for Open Education Week 2020 or let us know what you have going on during this awareness and community-building week.

And be sure to nominate an outstanding ZTC course, professor, department or OER program by April 30, 2020!

Questions? Email Spencer Ellis, Director of Educational Innovation

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