OER at City Tech

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New and Noteworthy OER 03/24

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library O.E.R. Team’s monthly 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.


  • Introduction to Systems Biology: Workbook for Flipped-Classroom Teaching, by Thomas Sauter and Marco Albrecht, Open Book Publishers (2023). License: CC BY-NC
    “This book is an introduction to the language of systems biology, which is spoken among many disciplines, from biology to engineering. Authors Thomas Sauter and Marco Albrecht draw on a multidisciplinary background and evidence-based learning to facilitate the understanding of biochemical networks, metabolic modeling and system dynamics.”

Career and Technology Teacher Education

  • Contextualised open educational practices: Towards student agency and self-directed learning, by Jako Olivier, Charlene du Toit-Brits, Byron J. Bunt, and Amit Dhakulkar (2022). License: CC BY
    “This book covers original research on the implementation of open educational practices through the use of open educational resources at the university level. […] The envisaged chapters cover conceptual and review research and empirical work focussing on open educational practices and the use of renewable assessments. […] Despite the existence of some general works on open education in terms of policy, social justice and open textbooks, this book will be unique in exploring the intersections of openness, specifically with contextualisation, student agency and self-directedness.”

Communication Design

Computer Systems Technology

Construction Management & Civil Engineering Technology

  • Fundamentals of Infrastructure Management, by Donald Coffelt and Chris Hendrickson (2019). License: CC BY-SA
    “The text draws examples and discusses a wide variety of infrastructure systems, including roadways, telecommunications, power generation, buildings and systems of infrastructure. We have found that some common fundamentals of asset management, analysis tools and informed decision-making are useful for a variety of such systems.”


  • Intermediate Microeconomics, by Joel Bruneau and Clinton Mahoney, University of Saskatchewan (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “Intermediate Microeconomics is a comprehensive microeconomic theory text that uses real world policy questions to motivate and illustrate the material in each chapter.”

Hospitality Management

  • Bakery and Business Math, by Eunice Graham, Renton Technical College. License: CC BY
    This text includes information on business-related math such as budgeting and profit margins, as well as recipe-related math such as recipe ratios and pan size adjustments. 

Mechanical Engineering Technology

  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design, by Jacqulyn A. Baughman, Iowa State University Digital Press (2023). License: CC BY-SA
    “This course provides an overview of mechanical engineering design with applications to thermal and mechanical systems, and an introduction to current design practices used in industry. As part of the course design, learners will complete a semester-long team project focused on addressing societal needs.”


  • 2023 Compendium of North American Nursing OER, by Kyle Montgomery, Marnie Seal,  Shannon Dowdall-Smith, Remar Mangaoil, Phyllis Montgomery, and Sharolyn Mossey (2023). License: CC BY
    “The aim of this compendium is to provide nurse educators with an easily accessible collection of 25 resources designed to support student learning, particularly within nursing programs.”


  • Cases on Social Issues: For Class Discussion – 2nd Edition, by Deidre Maultsaid, Brianna Doyle, and Celine Wai Shan Li, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2023). License: CC BY-NC
    “ Inspired by input from post-secondary students and authored by students and people who are usually under-represented in education material, this resource is designed for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, business, healthcare, science, agriculture, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, land use studies, law and more. Each case is supplemented with modifiable discussion prompts, notes for teaching strategies, and a short reading list.”
  • The Last Years of Polish Jewry: at the edge of the abscess: essays, 1927-33 (volume 1), by Yankev Leshchinksy. Translated by Robert Brym. Translation: 2023. License: CC BY-NC
    “Ukrainian-born Yankev Leshchinsky (1876-1966) was the leading scholarly and journalistic analyst of Eastern European Jewish socioeconomic and political life from the 1920s to the 1950s. Known as “the dean of Jewish sociologists” and “the father of Jewish demography,” Leshchinsky published a series of insightful and moving essays in Yiddish on Polish Jewry between 1927 and 1937. The Last Years of Polish Jewry helps to rectify this situation by translating some of Leshchinsky’s key essays.”

World Languages

  • Français inclusif: An Interactive Textbook for French 102, by Brittney Gehrig, Dr. Mariah Devereux Herbeck, Amber Hoye, Madelynn Ruhter, Sharon Westbrook, Boise State University (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA
    “This textbook provides a remixed version of Français Interactif exercises, adding interactivity and new exercises. It offers an easy way for students to study the vocabulary and grammar for each module, while providing exercises to practice and apply what they’ve learned. Modules also contain an introduction page with learning objectives, a cultural reflection assignment, a presentational speaking and/or writing assessment, and Allez plus loin (Go further) page which contains additional content.”

City Tech OER Team:
Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor, OER Librarian: ccooney@citytech.cuny.edu Joshua Peach, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jpeach@citytech.cuny.edu
Jo Thompson, Adjunct Reference & OER Librarian: jthompson@citytech.cuny.edu

Spring 2023 CUNY Open-Source Tools for Teaching Summit

Spring 2023 CUNY Open-Source Tools for Teaching Summit

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 10am-12pm on Zoom—register here

The Baruch College Center for Teaching and Learning invites specialists in educational technology at CUNY who are committed to developing free and openly licensed materials to join us on Zoom for an inaugural CUNY Open-Source Tools for Teaching Summit. In light of a growing interest in teaching with open-source tools nationwide and attention to Open Educational Resource (OER) initiative work at CUNY—including Baruch’s TeachOER platform, a finalist for the 2022 Open Education Global Award for Excellence—we began construction in 2022 of a homegrown “Open-Source Tools for Teaching” platform, in conjunction with CUNY-wide workshops for faculty, to facilitate practice with open-source platforms like Omeka or TimelineJS. With this 2023 Summit meeting, we invite learning experience stakeholders across CUNY to share and explore approaches to teaching with open-source technology and hope the event can be a launch point for future cross-campus collaborations.

This Summit event is designed as a symposium-style conversation among program administrators and staff with specialized interests in open-source teaching, including but not limited to representatives from CUNY’s teaching and learning centers, and will assume familiarity with open-source technology. It is not a workshop to learn these tools, but a working session to cultivate an environment that supports and fosters their use.

New and Noteworthy OER 02/22

New and Noteworthy is the City Tech Library OER team’s monthly roundup of new and noteworthy open educational resources. We try to include at least one OER 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 OER to share with our colleagues or would like more information about OER initiatives at City Tech.

Business: Accounting/Marketing

Principles of Marketing, by Maria Gomez Albrecht, Mark Green, and Linda Hoffman (2022). License: CC BY

“Principles of Marketing provides a solid grounding in the core concepts and frameworks of marketing theory and analysis so that business students interested in a major or minor in marketing will also be prepared for more rigorous, upper-level elective courses. Concepts are further reinforced through detailed, diverse, and realistic company and organization scenarios and examples from various industries and geographical locations.” 

Career and Technology Teacher Education

Trauma Informed Education, by Govind Krishnamoorthy, Kay Ayre, and Dayna Schimke (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA

“Drawing on their lived experience and professional expertise, the conversations with trauma-informed education experts in this unique book offer educators an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of students and strategies for responding with compassion and empathy. In a time of rapidly emerging scientific discovery, and social and political challenges, this book encourages educational leaders to question the fundamental assumptions of dominant pedagogical practices and sets the foundations for innovation in education.”


Visual Communication by Steve Covello, Granite State College (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA

“The focus of COM 480 – Visual Communication is on the use of visual media as a means for conveying information to an audience. In particular, we will limit our attention to the use of still imagery because of the vast, openly available repositories of visual media and the simplicity of manipulating them.”

Communication Design

Justseeds Open Type Project by Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (2021-2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA

“The Justseeds Open Type Project creates open-access fonts for activists, organizers, and movement designers. Most of the fonts are designed by members of the Justseeds Artists Cooperative, though some have been repurposed and expanded from historical posters and artifacts. The left has a rich history of hand drawn, decorative, and display fonts, a legacy that is tied into the history of sign, picket, and banner making as well as the history of accessible and low-cost printing technologies. The Justseeds Open Type Project hopes to draw upon and expand this design history by creating a library and archive of open access fonts for use.”

Computer Systems Technology

Computational Physics: A Practical Introduction to Computational Physics and Scientific Computing (using C++) – Second Edition by Konstantinosn N. Anagnostopoulos, National Technical University of Athens (2016). License: CC BY-NC-SA

“This book is an introduction to the computational methods used in physics, but also in other scientific fields. It is addressed to an audience that has already been exposed to the introductory level of college physics, usually taught during the first two years of an undergraduate program in science and engineering. It assumes no prior knowledge of numerical analysis, programming or computers and teaches whatever is necessary for the solution of the problems addressed in the text. It can be used as a textbook in introductory computational physics or scientific computing classes.”

Construction Management Technology / Civil Engineering Technology

Construction Contracting: Business and Legal Principles, Second Edition, by Stuart H. Bartholomew, University Libraries at Virginia Tech (2022). License: CC BY-NC-SA

“This introduction to construction contracting as it applies to typical, every-day situations explains “theoretical” ideas in terms of what really happens in practice. It emphasizes the more common case law holdings and industry customs that help avoid troublesome legal issues during the completion of a project.”


A Practicum in Behavioral Economics by Arthur J. Caplan, Utah State University (2023). License: CC BY

“…the book’s primary goal is to help students experience behavioral economics through participation in the same experiments and games that serve as the foundations for, and shape the contours of, the field.”


Mental Health is a Verb: A Pocket Guide to Mental Health for Nursing Students, by Jake Bush and Jill Van Der Like. License: CC BY-NC-SA

“[Mental Health is a Verb] reviews the foundations of mental health, psychopharmacology, and the most common mental health diagnoses.”


Introduction to Biological Psychology, edited by Catherine Hall, University of Sussex Library (2023). License: CC BY-NC

“The textbook is designed to be used as primary reading for undergraduate Psychology students studying core biological psychology modules…”

Introduction to Psychology by Jorden A. Cummings and Lee Sanders, University of Saskatchewan Open Press (2023). License: CC BY-NC-SA

The introductory text includes 55 H5P activities including “…Self-Tests provided with each chapter are also a new addition for this book; these were created using the H5P plugin for WordPress.”

World Languages

Grammaire Ouverte by James Law, BYU Open Textbook Network (2022). License: CC BY

“Ce livre est une grammaire pédagogique du français destinée aux apprenants de niveau avancé. 28 chapitres approfondissent les concepts essentiels de la grammaire française (noms et pronoms, modificateurs, verbes, transformations).” This text consists of 28 chapters to deepen the essential concepts of French grammar (nouns and pronouns, modifiers, verbs, transformations).

City Tech OER team:

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

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