Bronx Community College is part of a CUNY-wide and and nation-wide Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative funded by Achieving the Dream to help address the high cost of textbooks. Beginning with courses offered in Fall 2016 through Fall 2018, faculty at Bronx Community College will receive support to adapt at least one section for each required course and several electives of the History degree program to replace traditional textbooks with Open Educational Resources (OER). By the end of Fall 2018, it will be possible for a student to complete an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, History Option taking only classes that use OER as required texts. Our hope is that the use of OER will expand at BCC beyond the courses designed to fulfill this grant.
This guide provides general information about the OER degree initiative and helps participants locate important information. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding its content, please contact the guide's editor, Nicole Williams.
If you are a professor who is interested in participating in the Achieving the Dream OER grant or have questions about using OER as core or supplemental materials for your courses, please contact Nicole Williams.
BCC is participating in the OER degree initiative with Hostos Community College, which is offering an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Borough of Manhattan Community College, which is offering an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. Ann Fiddler of CUNY's Central Office of Library Services is the coordinator of all three projects.
Definition of OER:
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
by David Wiley of Lumen Learning in his blog post on 3/5/14.
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