CUNY Office of Library Services: OER Online Workshop, Nov. 3-16, 2014

October 10, 2014 | Textbook Affordability

CUNY’s Office of Library Services is sponsoring an online workshop on November 3-16, 2014 to provide an overview of Open Education Resources (OER) for CUNY faculty interested in integrating OERs into their classes. This Canvas-designed course will provide them with information and experience in using OERs in their teaching practice.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines OERS as: “open content and open access textbooks are instructional resources that can be used, reused, often remixed and customized under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others while ensuring authors retain copyright to their work.”

Open Educational Resources present an alternative to the high cost of textbooks for students. They are freely available and distributable course materials. For this workshop the focus will be on OER materials that are:

• Available at no cost to faculty and to students
• Can be modified by faculty
• Can be redistributed by faculty with changes to the original OER work.

Faculty can choose pre-existing materials, just as they do with traditional textbooks, but they can reconfigure content as they see fit, pulling elements of one text into elements of a different one, even rewriting sections, if the faculty member wishes.

Open Educational Resources are not just textbook material. They can include anything from entire course shells, to syllabi, to assignments, to presentations.

For students, utilitizing OERs means less money spent on course materials and course materials that are specifically tailored to the work of their professor. Instead of forcing a textbook into a pedagogical structure, the textbook and course materials are driven by individual pedagogy.

This class is made up of four modules, plus a final project. Each module is made up of readings, videos and discussions. Each workshop section will be comprised of no more than 20 participants in order to foster in intimate forum to share OER work and get feedback from colleagues and the facilitator. The goal is to finish the workshop with a better understanding of OER and also to come away with some work that can be immediately integrated into classes.

The workshops will be entirely on line and last for a two week period requiring approximately 10 hours of work. The activities and assignments can be completed on a flexible schedule during the time period. To be eligible for this workshop, applicants must be teaching faculty scheduled to teach in the spring 2015 semester. Department chair and Chief Academic Officer sign-off will be required. Faculty successfully completing the workshop will receive compensation of 10 hours at the non-teaching adjunct rate for participation.

Registration is now closed. Please stay tuned for the date of the next session in winter.

Please contact: Ann Fiddler at or 646-664-8060