The Library seeks applicants for the Fall 2018 Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship. Full-time and part-time faculty are eligible to apply with their chair’s approval.
Participants will curate a zero-cost OER to replace the existing course material in a course to be taught next Spring. In order to be considered zero-cost OER, the course section you teach must assign freely available web resources and openly licensed materials; inclusion of library licensed digital resources is also recommended.
Faculty accepted to the fellowship will participate in a series of 4 seminars on Fridays this fall (see dates below), complete the OER in January, and pilot the OER as the only required course material in their spring 2019 course.
Seminars will cover:
- An introduction to open educational resources
- Copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons licensing
- Searching and selecting OER and zero-cost course materials
- Creating an OpenLab site
- Strategies to organize course materials for accessibility
- Participation in each of the following two hour professional development programs:
- 10 a.m – 12 p.m. Friday, September 28
- 10 a.m – 12 p.m. Friday, October 5
- 10 a.m – 12 p.m. Friday, October 19
- Additional Friday working session in November, TBA
- Curate OER and post on a public OpenLab site – due no later than January 9, 2019
- Teach with the OER in at least 1 course section in Spring 2019 semester
- Submit a brief written assessment of the experience in May 2019
- Submit your course outline and / or syllabus to Academic Works, CUNY’s institutional repository
Faculty will be compensated at or above $1,300 for full participation in the OER Fellowship.
Review program guidelines and submit your application online at https://LibGuides.citytech.cuny.edu/OER/program – due Tuesday, September 4th.*
*Before submitting an application, please consult with your Department Chair (and a course coordinator, if applicable) for approval to 1) develop an OER for the course you propose; 2) teach with the OER in Spring 2019.
Let’s take a look at some recent activity surrounding OER (Open Educational Resources) here at City Tech.
CityTech is participating in the $4 million CUNY-wide OER Grant funded by New York State – we received the second highest award across CUNY! This program supports faculty in building their own OER-based curriculum: over this academic year, 24 courses are being converted to OER on a variety of topics – Africana Folklore, General Biology Lecture and Labs, Macro/Microeconomics, and more. Faculty participating in the initiative represent 15 departments across all three schools. We anticipate at least 7,000 students will be impacted by this move to zero-cost course materials. That’s nearly half of the CityTech’s FTE enrollment – now able to continue their studies without worrying about textbook costs for these classes.
The grant has provided us with the resources to continue the Library’s OER Fellowship program – now running in both the Spring and Fall terms – funding faculty to create custom OER courses. We’re also providing funding incentives for part-time and full-time faculty to adopt existing zero-cost course / OER materials vetted and in use across the country. We’ve also amplified our programming around best practices for universal design: check out this quick guide to accessibility on the OpenLab by our instructional design specialist, Bree Zuckerman, and this introductory usability module by Prof. Junior Tidal.
Browse the list of OER courses created through the Fellowship program and view OERs contributed by City Tech faculty in Academic Works, our institutional repository. To learn more about zero-cost course materials available in your discipline, check out the OER Resource Guide. And if you’re interested in creating a new OER, check out the OER Fellowship website.
Want to get involved? Reach out to Prof. Cailean Cooney, OER Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Profs. Bakaitis & Cooney
This spring marks the third year of the Open Educational Resources (OER) faculty fellowship program with 21 faculty from 16 departments represented – check out your colleagues’ work here!
This year in the Library we’re working on pairing up faculty in the OER fellowship with their library subject liaisons to consult on locating free/open and library subscribed course materials. We’re bringing back a tabling session during Open Education Week to talk to students about OERs and textbook affordability. We’re also looking forward to spotlighting the ongoing and excellent work of faculty throughout the college to teach with cost-free/affordable course materials that facilitate active and high impact learning – please consider sharing your work with us (email: email@example.com).
To learn more about OERs visit the OER Resource guide and the OER Fellowship OpenLab site.
And consider joining our upcoming faculty workshop:
When the Textbook Falls Short: Exploring Alternative Course Materials
Tuesday, April 25th, 2-3 PM, Rm A432 in the Library
Wednesday, March 9th, 2:30-3:30 PM, Rm A441 in the Library
Beyond the Textbook: Reach students with Open Educational Resources (OER)
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OER make it easier for students to access course materials, and provide more options for instructors to integrate dynamic, tailored course materials into their pedagogy.
At the workshop – We’ll cover the meaning of the term OER, the differences between open and free course materials, introduce resources to help you find high quality content in your discipline, and review attribution and licensing of OER.
Many students at City Tech experience challenges connecting to required textbooks in there courses. They have problems accessing the books because they are simply too expensive to afford. Even when students have access to the material, instructors often encounter challenges with getting their students to read the text. OER are free course materials that are licensed such that they can be adopted and reworked to your individualized course curriculum. OER include a variety of course materials including traditional print and beyond…simulations, images, videos, etc. While many of us already use free and open content in our teaching, this workshop will introduce you to ever more expanding collections and repositories of peer reviewed course content.
To learn more about the Library’s OER Initiative and OER in general please visit our Initiative site and our OER guide.
Wed. October 14th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Namm 227 (Faculty Commons)
RSVP to: email@example.com
Join a City Tech faculty panel discussion about integrating open educational resources (OER) into the classroom.
Prof. Amanda Almond, Psychology
Prof. Raffi Khatchadourian, Computer Systems Techonology
Prof. Jeremy Seto, Biology
Moderator: Prof. Cailean Cooney, Library
As the Fall semester progresses, the Library will offer an OER workshop, and will solicit applicants to participate in the Spring cycle of our Open Educational Resources Initiative, founded last year in response to growing concern over textbook costs, the program will fund 10 faculty to select no-cost open/alternative course materials to replace textbooks.
Want to learn more about OER now? Browse the Library’s new OER guide!
Panel co-sponsored by City Tech Library and the Faculty Commons as part of the college’s Open Access Month programming!
reposted in the original source’s entirety: http://collegeopentextbooks.org/blog/?p=566
Why would anyone want to share their course, their best ideas, their intellectual property?
Why would someone openly license their digital work with a creative commons license? According to Hilton and Wiley (2010), there are four common reasons people might be motivated to share their educational resources:
Receive Increased Exposure: sharing your work openly online allows access to many more people
― Lawrence Lessig published his book Free Culture in 2004. Although the book has sold tens of thousands copies, the free digital version has been downloaded several hundred thousand times. Perhaps more importantly, it has been translated into seven different languages, audio versions are freely available, and it has been put into sixteen different file formats. All of these translations and format changes are freely available for others to download.‖ (p. 6).
Give New Life to Out-of-Print Works: openly licensed works never go out of print
― A significant problem in the publishing world relates to orphan books (Boyle, 2008). These are books that are out-of-print, and the copyright owner of the books cannot easily be identified. As time passes the out-of-print book becomes increasingly unavailable, as publishers merge and authors change locations, it can become impossible to locate‖ (p. 7).
Improve the Quality of Educational Resources: when resources are “open” and can be reused, redistributed, revised and remixed … they can get better over time
― When an educational resource is published openly it may bring about the mechanisms of peer review (Wiley, 2009). If people know their educational resource will be viewed by others they might desire to make it better than they ordinarily would. In addition, as others use the resource they may improve it and return the revised version to the creator, who then benefits from the improvement‖ (p. 8).
― Openness has a tendency to lead to better material used in courses not only because faculty can build on other open resources, but simply because teachers can more easily see what other teachers are doing. Just as observing others teach has been shown to improve teaching (Elmore, 1997), observing the educational resources that others use in the classroom may also improves teaching. Thus OERs benefit both the teachers‖ (p. 8).
Do Some Good: sharing educational resources helps people around the world access a higher education
To get a sense of what’s possible when we share open educational resources, read the Cape Town Declaration.
― We are on the cusp of a global revolution in teaching and learning. Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use. These educators are creating a world where each and every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.‖
Dr. Cable Green is Director of eLearning & Open Education, SBCTC.
He blogs about ―open issues at: http://blog.oer.sbctc.edu