Bronx Community College is currently participating in two separate initiatives designed to increase students’ access to courses that use Open Educational Resources (OER) as alternatives to traditionally published materials (see the boxes below to learn how to define and identify OER).
This initiative seeks to engage faculty in the redesign of courses through the replacement of commercial textbooks with OER and other no-cost materials available online and through the Library. The short-term goal is to eliminate course material costs for students, when possible, and accelerate their progress through college, but an important secondary impact is to change the culture to create systems and structures that better connect curriculum and pedagogy.
This funding’s purpose is to develop, enhance and institutionalize new and ongoing OER initiatives across CUNY. Our goal is the establishment of CUNY as a national leader in OER.
Professor Nicole Williams of the Library is the primary contact for these initiatives at BCC. Faculty members who are interested in integrating OER and/or zero-textbook cost materials into their classes, within or outside of existing initiatives, should feel free to contact her.
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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.