OER at City Tech

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New and Noteworthy OER 05/13

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library O.E.R. Team’s bi-weekly roundup of new and noteworthy O.E.R. We try to include at least one O.E.R. relevant to each school at City Tech in every post. At the end of the month, these resources will be compiled and distributed by the library liaison for your department. Please contact us if you know of new or particularly interesting O.E.R. to share with our colleagues or would like more information about O.E.R. initiatives at City Tech.

Open Education

  1. Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition, by Amanda Coolidge; Sue Doner; Tara Robertson; and Josie Gray, BCcampus (2018). License: CC BY
    “The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students. This is a collaboration between BCcampus, Camosun College, and CAPER-BC.”
  1. Adaptation Guide: A reference to adapting or revising an open textbook, by Lauri M. Aesoph, BCcampus (2016). License: CC BY                   
    “The Adaptation Guide is a practical reference about how to customize — or adapt — an open textbook so that it better fits your needs in the classroom and elsewhere. This guide defines the term adaptation and discusses reasons for revising a book, why this is possible with an open textbook, and the challenges involved.”

Arts & Sciences

  1. The Political Imagination: Introduction to American Government, by Peter Kolozi and James E. Freeman; Contributors: Isa Vasquez (2022).
    License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “…a realistic, critical analysis as well as a hopeful, engagement-oriented narrative that encourages students to understand the important role they can play in the political system and in crafting a society in which they want to live. The Political Imagination draws on social and political theory and history offering an analytical as well as normative framework to think about the substance of politics, the procedures and institutions of government, and a dynamic, socially contingent definition of political power.”
  1. Dr. Brandle’s Introduction to American Government, by Shawna Mary Brandle, Kingsborough Community College (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    “This is the reading and viewing for our course on American Government. It is a remix of the American Government 2E book from Openstax. You can read, view, explore, discuss, and annotate for our class in our reading group. If you prefer, you can download a PDF of the entire book to read offline.”
  1. A Practical Approach to Understanding Music Theory, by Charles Brooks, University of North Alabama (2022). License: CC BY-NC
    “…a textbook designed for the non-music performance major or music business/audio engineer who needs to professionally interface with musicians without needing to write or compose music. The material is designed around a spiral learning model in which a very simple straightforward concept is introduced, defined and explained. From this point and forward the book adds one element of music theory after another until a broad base of musical understanding and application is achieved.”
  1. Sociology of the Family, by Amy Traber, Queensborough Community College (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This OER textbook provides students with a brief introduction to: the perspective, methods, and theories that constitute the sociology of the family; research on patterns and processes of dating/mating, cohabitation/marriage, parenting. divorce/remarriage, and family stressors/strengths in the United States. It was created through the integration of various OER texts, including OpenStax, Sociology Wikibooks, and many more.”

Professional Studies

  1. Active Bystander Intervention: Training and Facilitation Guide: Training for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence in B.C. Post-Secondary Institutions, by Sexual Violence Training Development Team, BCcampus (2021). License: CC BY
    “A workshop and facilitation guide to support B.C. post-secondary institutions to prevent and respond to sexual violence and misconduct. Active Bystander Intervention is a 90-minute workshop for all members of the campus community: students, faculty, administrators, and staff. This training helps learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and intervene in an incident of sexual violence as well as discuss strategies for creating a safer campus community. Uses the 4D’s (Direct, Distract, Delegate, Delay) Active Bystander Intervention Model. (The slide deck that accompanies this resource can be downloaded from the Introduction.)”
  1. Advanced Professional Communication: A Principled Approach to Workplace Writing, by Melissa Ashman and Arley Cruthers, Fanshawe College (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This resource is designed to guide college students in advancing their existing skills in communication by using a principled approach to business communication for managerial and leadership success in the modern workplace.”

  2. The Asynchronous Cookbook, by Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry, Middlebury College (2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Whether you’re teaching mostly in person but looking for some regular, asynchronous activities to add to your course, or teaching a fully online course, this resource is for you. The activities in this cookbook draw on research and good practice in online course design to provide recipes – concise and specific instructions and examples – for adding asynchronous activities to a course. Meaningful interaction between students and instructors is a key ingredient in all of these recipes.”
  1. Cardiovascular Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students, by Andrew Binks, Virginia Tech Libraries (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Cardiovascular Pathophysiology for Pre-Clinical Students, is an undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge of common cardiovascular diseases, disorders and pathologies. This text is designed for a course pre-clinical undergraduate medical curriculum and it is aligned to USMLE(r) (United States Medical Licensing Examination) content guidelines.”

  2. Dentistry Environment Essentials, by Nicole Stormon, Tachae Douglas-Miller, and Sowmya Shetty, The University of Queensland (2022). License: CC BY-NC
    “The setting where dental procedures take place is a unique environment. The design of a dental clinic or surgery is purposefully built to promote ergonomic practice, safe procedures, efficiency and facilitates infection control. This book aims to introduce the dental environment and give practical guidance on how to navigate the equipment, instruments, procedures and how to stay safe. All dental team members require an appreciation and understanding of the principles in this book to ensure patients receive the safest and most pleasant experience when receiving dental treatment.”

Technology & Design

  1. Patterns for Beginning Programmers, by David Bernstein, James Madison University (2022). License: CC BY
    “Programming patterns are solutions to problems that require the creation of a small fragment of code that will be part of a larger program. Hence, this book is about teaching you how to write such fragments of code. However, it is not about teaching you the syntax of the statements in the fragments, it assumes that you already know the syntax. Instead, it is about finding solutions to problems that arise when first learning to program.”
  1. Production Ergonomics: Designing Work Systems to Support Optimal Human Performance, by Cecilia Berlin and Caroline Adams, Ubiquity Press (2017). License: CC BY
    “To help budding system designers and production engineers tackle design challenges holistically, this book offers a multi-faceted orientation in the prerequisites for healthy and effective human work. We cover physical, cognitive and organizational aspects of ergonomics, and provide both the individual human perspective and that of groups and populations, ending up with a look at global challenges that require workplaces to become more socially and economically sustainable. This book is written to provide a solid foundation for improving industrial workplaces to attract and retain healthy and productive staff in the long run.
  1. Repairing Infrastructures: The Maintenance of Materiality and Power, by Christopher R. Henke and Benjamin Sims, The MIT Press (2020). License: CC BY-NC
    “Infrastructures—communication, food, transportation, energy, and information—are all around us, and their enduring function and influence depend on the constant work of repair. In this book, Christopher Henke and Benjamin Sims explore the causes and consequences of the strange, ambivalent, and increasingly central role of infrastructure repair in modern life. Henke and Sims offer examples, from local to global, to investigate not only the role of repair in maintaining infrastructures themselves but also the social and political orders that are created and sustained through them. Repair can encompass not only the kind of work we most commonly associate with the term but also any set of practices aimed at restoring a sense of normalcy or credibility to the places and institutions we inhabit in everyday life…They show that repair is an essential if often overlooked aspect of understanding the broader impact and politics of infrastructures. Understanding repair helps us better understand infrastructures and the scope of their influence on our lives.”

City Tech O.E.R. team

Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Rachel Jones, Adjunct Librarian

New and Noteworthy OER 04/29

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library O.E.R. Team’s bi-weekly roundup of new and noteworthy O.E.R. We try to include at least one O.E.R. relevant to each school at City Tech in every post. At the end of the month, these resources will be compiled and distributed by the library liaison for your department. Please contact us if you know of new or particularly interesting O.E.R. to share with our colleagues or would like more information about O.E.R. initiatives at City Tech.

Arts & Sciences 

  1. Start Here, Speak Anywhere!: Empowering Our Voices for a Global Audience, by the Faculty of the Department of Speech, Communication, and Theatre Arts of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, edited by Angela Elbanna and Joe Hutcheson, CUNY PressBooks (2022).
    License: CC BY-NC
    A text on public speaking “with a purpose of ‘advancing equity and the intellectual and personal growth of students’ and strengthening ‘a culture of care inside and outside the classroom. The book is also intended to further the value of ‘creating exceptional teaching and learning environments inside and outside the classroom; valuing the experience and knowledge students bring to the classroom, and engaging them in the construction of knowledge.’”

  2. Showing Theory to Know Theory: Understanding Social Science Concepts Through Illustrative Vignettes, by Patricia Ballamingie and David Szanto, Showing Theory Press (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “A collaborative, open educational resource, Showing Theory brings together a collection of short pedagogical texts that help new learners understand complex theoretical concepts and disciplinary jargon from the critical social sciences. Each entry “shows” an element of theory using an “illustrative vignette”—a short, evocative story, visual or infographic, poem, described photograph, or other audio-visual material.”
  1. Let’s Chat!: Spanish Conversation Activities, by Amber Hoye et al., the Pathways Project at Boise State (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “In our Let’s Chat! Series, we hope to make it easier for language teachers to implement spontaneous conversation into their curriculum by providing “classroom-ready” activities that are exciting and culturally relevant, with the goal of providing teachers interactive lessons that are easily adaptable in order to facilitate active language learning.”

Professional Studies

  1. Restorative Mastery for the Dental Hygienist, by Renee Alexandre and Rick Aronstein, Mount Hood Community College Library Press (2021). License: CC BY
    “Dental hygienists and auxiliaries with restorative skills will become increasingly in demand as their scope of practice expands. Restorative Mastery for the Dental Hygienist presents practical demonstrations and the core knowledge needed for successfully placing and finishing class II restorations in first molars using video demonstrations, checklists, and exercises.”

  2. Undergraduate Diagnostic Imaging Fundamentals, by Brent Burbridge, MD, FRCPC, University of Saskatchewan, Distance Education Unit (2017/2021). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Diagnostic Imaging principles and concepts are augmented by the presentation of images for common clinical conditions. Guiding principles related to minimizing radiation exposure and requesting the most appropriate imaging examination are addressed.Static images are enhanced by the ability to access images stored and displayed on an Html-5 compatible, Dicom image viewer that simulates a simple Picture Archive and Communication system (PACS). Users can also access other imaging from the Dicom viewer (ODIN), beyond the basic curriculum provided, to further advance their experience with viewing diagnostic imaging pathologies.”

Technology & Design

  1. Introduction to Drafting and AutoCAD 2D by Wally Baumback. BCcampus (2021). License: CC BY
    Introduction to Drafting and AutoCAD 2D was written as a tool to guide and teach readers to master AutoCAD. No two students learn at the same pace, therefore the book was written with competency-based modules. The competency-based modules are bite-size pieces that can be used to learn by distance education, correspondence, online, instructor-led classes, or by individuals teaching themselves to use AutoCAD in their own home or office.
  1.  Introduction to Architecture by Kelsey Ferreira. Open Oregon Educational Resources (2021). License: CC BY-NC
    This Open Educational Resource (OER) is designed for learners interested in discovering how to appreciate the built environment. The text assumes no prior knowledge of architectural history and focuses on the vocabulary of architectural analysis, as well as case studies on individual architects and structures. The emphasis is on learning to look and evaluate buildings in context and to foster a greater appreciation for the world around us. This text does not focus on defining structural systems or move chronologically, and instead is intended as a series of mini-lessons on specific topics. Each chapter also contains recommendations for additional readings and videos to provide opportunities for further learning

City Tech O.E.R. team

Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu
Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Rachel Jones, Adjunct Librarian

Call for Applications: Open Education & Publishing Institute 

Call for Applications:
Open Education & Publishing Institute 

GC Digital Initiatives and the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center are pleased to invite applications from CUNY faculty and instructors for the Open Education & Publishing Institute. Faculty from any discipline are invited to apply to participate in the Institute where they will create, design, and implement an Open Educational Resource (OER) or an OER course built on either (or both!) the CUNY Academic Commons or Manifold. 
The Open Educational Resource or the OER/ZTC course that Fellows develop are intended to serve as models for future faculty who are interested in developing OER and teaching with open-source, digital platforms. See more about the two options below.

Option 1: Create and Design an Open Educational Resource
The OER created as part of the institute can be in the form of a CUNY Academic Commons website or a Manifold project. Please see the examples below:

Option 2: Create and build an OER/ZTC course
Fellows will design and teach a course using OER/ZTC materials. Courses will be hosted and taught on the CUNY Academic Commons and/or Manifold. The course should involve student development of public-facing work or a digital project. See course examples below:

About the Open Education & Publishing Institute
Selected Fellows will work with the GC’s Open Educational Technologists and colleagues from across the CUNY system to develop their OER or Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 course. In Summer 2022, from June 13-16, Fellows will attend virtual meetings, likely including four morning informational/workshop sessions, and four afternoon working sessions to plan and begin implementing their projects. During the informational and working sessions, Fellows will learn more about the affordances of the platforms, open access content and publishing, open digital tools, and best practices for developing experiential and public facing assignments and projects. Work will continue throughout the summer, culminating in a final August meeting. Following the institute, OEPI Fellows will be expected to write a brief reflection about the OER or open course they developed during their fellowship experience. 

The first part of the institute will take place from June 13-16, 2022. Throughout July and August, Fellows will have one-on-one, virtual check-ins with the Open Educational Technologists, and will attend one final fellowship meeting in August to share their OER or course with their colleagues. 

10 OEPI fellows will receive $2000 each to participate in the institute. Attendance is required at all events.

This Institute is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities American Rescue Plan and the CUNY Office of Library Services. It is administered by GC Digital Initiatives and the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center.


  • Faculty from all disciplines are eligible to apply
  • Applicants should be scheduled to teach in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023
  • Adjunct faculty with multi-year contracts are eligible to apply 
  • Graduate student instructors with at least 3 years of teaching experience who will be listed as instructors of record in a Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 course are eligible to apply
  • Applicants should have previous experience with Manifold or the CUNY Academic Commons/WordPress

How to Apply
By May 1st, please complete the linked application form AND email a single PDF named “OEPI-lastname.pdf” to tlc@gc.cuny.edu with the following:

  • A brief CV of no more than 2 pages;
  • A statement of no more than 500 words that offers:
    • A brief summary of your plans for creating an OER or open course 
    • Your experience with the platform(s) you plan to use, including links to past projects or courses (if applicable)
    • Details about how the Open Education & Publishing Institute will support your development of an OER or open course 

Application Form: https://forms.gle/i4JrRckPDYCV5Ci7A

If there are any questions, please email Laurie Hurson (lhurson@gc.cuny.edu). 

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