You may have heard the term “OER,” and wondered - what exactly does it mean? OER refers to any educational content that is free and openly-licensed.
Free – No cost to students and no exorbitant textbook prices.
Openly-licensed – When something is openly-licensed, it means that the author/creator has made their work available for others to use and share, typically through a Creative Commons license. (See the Understanding Licensing tab for more).
Why OER? This type of "open" sharing is a new model, different than what is allowed under traditional copyright.
OER has the potential to lower the cost of education, by offering free course materials.
ZTC at CityTech - Find out more about "ZTC" or Zero Textbook Cost courses.
Open @ CUNY - This blog shares reflections by CUNY librarians on many topics of "open."
Open Textbooks - SUNY - Open content developed at SUNY, and freely available for use.
OER Representatives - List of representatives at each campus.
A Faculty Perspective on OER - Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani describes his experiences as an early adopter of OER textbooks.
Open Pedagogy Notebook - For those interested in the intersections between "open" and teaching, this site explores the emerging questions and discussions about OER/OA in practice.
SPARC Fact Sheet - Great overview of the concepts and how OER responds to high textbook costs.