January 8, 2018 | Academic Affairs

By Kathleen BarkerLogo Open Education Resources

Using Open Educational Resources for Your Course Instead of a Textbook? The Office of the University Registrar has announced that there are new designations to indicate that courses utilize open educational resources and zero text book costs (ZTC/OER). Through various CUNYfirst search functions, the designation allows faculty to publicize their courses as ZTC/OER.

The new designations are specific for those sections that do not rely on textbooks. Note that these sections may rely on other costs such as lab materials as long as they are minimal.

CUNY is asking faculty who have ZTC/OER sections to retroactively convert their current sections because the designation permits students to search for courses that are no or very low cost. In the future, this designation will be associated with the semester call for book orders.

The ZTC/OER designations within CUNYfirst enables CUNY to report the number of cost-free courses to New York State.

For further information, please see the University Registrar’s memo with detailed graphics at the CUNY UFS Enrollment Management page.

Kathleen Barker is a Professor of Psychology at Medgar Evers College, and Vice-Chair of the University Faculty Senate.  She also represents the UFS on the Enrollment Management Council.

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