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Open Educational Resources

Digital Scholarship Services assists faculty and staff to find, create, and implement Open Educational Resources (OER) for their courses. Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that can be freely used, including full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and grading rubrics. By designing courses with these zero-cost and open license materials, faculty can also be eligible for awards under the CUNY OER initiative.

Contact us at OER@ccny.cuny.edu or email Digital Scholarship Librarian Ching-Jung Chen at cchen@ccny.cuny.edu if you would like to build OER into your courses.

Put OER to work for you!

OER (Open Educational Resources) are teaching materials, such as textbooks, for which copyright restrictions are minimized with an open-copyright license. In CUNY, Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) resources are considered OER, even though they are fee-based, because they are already available through CCNY Libraries’ subscriptions, and will not cost students extra money.


COVID IS HARD.

SWITCHING TO AND LEARNING HOW TO TEACH ONLINE IS HARD.

WORKING FROM HOME IS HARD.

OER CAN HELP. HERE'S HOW:

time and money graphic SAVES INSTRUCTORS TIME AND MONEY

  • No need to gain permission - or pay - to use, print, or distribute OER
  • Easy to circulate among an unlimited number of students

piggy bank graphic  CASH-STRAPPED STUDENTS SAVE MONEY

  • Online versions are free to students (and instructors) 
  • No access code needed 
  • No expiration date

  IDEAL FOR WORKING FROM HOME

  • OER is online 
  • Print options are available

analog clock graphic  GRANTS FREEDOM IN A TIME OF CONSTRAINTS

  • May use without fear of copyright infringement
  • Can change content to suit student needs, teaching method & curriculum

isolation graphic  FIGHTS ISOLATION

  • Everyone can be included for content additions, updates & improvements
  • OER can be used as an agent of change for diversity, equity & inclusion
     

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Contact Us

Interested in integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) into your courses? Contact our staff to learn more.

Teresa Scala

Special Projects Administrator
The City College of New York
Office of the Provost

tscala@ccny.cuny.edu

Ching-Jung Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Digital Scholarship Librarian
The City College Library

cchen@ccny.cuny.edu
212-650-5369

Scott Koski, Ph.D.

Digital Scholarship Manager
The City College Library

oer@ccny.cuny.edu
212-650-7607

Chavonne Rodriguez

OER College Assistant
The City College Library

oer@ccny.cuny.edu

Julia Brown

OER Fellow
The City College of New York

jbrown1@ccny.cuny.edu
 

Shamecca Harris

OER Fellow
The City College of New York

sharris1@ccny.cuny.edu