Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use. They are typically openly-licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors. Materials may consist of a complete course, course modules, assignments, tests, quizzes, textbooks, videos, etc.
Faculty at City Tech are leaders at CUNY in developing open educational resources (OER) and redesigning their courses with OER and other no-cost learning materials. Since the launch of City Tech’s Open Educational Resources Fellowship program in 2015, faculty have redesigned courses to give students access to their course materials before, during, and after their studies, through the City Tech OpenLab, the college’s open-source digital platform for teaching and learning.
Our programming has expanded since CUNY was awarded $4 million annually (AY 2017-18 to present) from New York State to scale-up OER efforts across the university.
Learn more about OER programs at City Tech.
More about OER Efforts at CUNY:
- Overview of OER Programming at CUNY
Purpose of New York State funding is detailed by the Office of Library Services.
- CUNY Year One Report (.pdf)
A helpful summary of OER implementation across the campuses, and the financial impact for students, through the first year of the state funded initiative (2017-18).
- OER Campus Representatives List
If you’re teaching or affiliated with another campus, feel free to be in touch with your campus OER representative. There may be additional opportunities that you are eligible for.
- CUNY WeBWorK OER Fellows
WeBWorK is an open-source online homework system for math and sciences courses supported by the MAA and the NSF and comes with a National Problem Library (NPL) of over 20,000 homework problems. Supported by CUNY Central OER funding, faculty fellows have been diligently collecting, curating and aligning CUNY-wide WeBWorK content with open source texts for the benefit of all. This collaboration encompasses City Tech, BMCC, City College, LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC, Queensborough CC, Queens College, and the greater WeBWorK community, including the WebWorK Project (TWP) and industry partners.