Faculty will learn about open educational resources (OER), explore concepts underpinning relevant terminology, such as the difference between “free” and “open” resources, and discover how Creative Commons licenses and copyright factor into access and sharing. In the process, participants will become familiar with a variety of materials available to teach with that are cost-free to students, including library digital resources, open access, and public domain materials. Activities will include completing the CUNY Accessibilty and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) training, exploring resources, and testing strategies for locating discipline specific OER.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the concept of open educational resources (OER) and be able to distinguish OER from free materials
  • Learn about intellectual property and copyright in relation to OER: develop competency with interpreting and selecting Creative Commons licenses
  • Develop skills and strategies to make your course materials more accessible
  • Connect student-centered pedagogy with open educational practices
  • Find, evaluate, and select OER
Culminating assignment:

You will create or select a free/open educational material to replace or supplement an existing reading, lecture, or assignment in a course you teach.


There are five sections in this training. In addition to reading and viewing the materials, complete the brief discussion prompts at the bottom of each page.