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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Getting involved

If you'd like to get involved, check out the OER Fellowship program or feel free to email Prof. Cailean Cooney, OER Coordinator at CityTech -

Look for a call for applicants for the next June 2019 Fellowship program soon.

OER Fellowship Information


Application period has closed for the Spring 2019 Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship


The next call for participants for the June 2019 Fellowship program will open later this Spring.
Look for an all faculty email and revisit this site for details.


The Library seeks applicants for the spring 2019 Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship. Full-time and part-time faculty are eligible to apply with their chair’s approval.

Participants will curate a zero-cost OER to replace the existing course material in a course to be taught next fall. In order to be considered zero-cost OER, the course section you teach must assign freely available web resources and openly licensed materials; inclusion of library licensed digital resources is also recommended.   

Program Information:

Faculty accepted to the fellowship will participate in a series of 4 seminars on Fridays this spring (dates TBA), complete the OER in June, and pilot the OER as the only required course material in their fall 2019 course.

The program will cover:

  • An introduction to open educational resources
  • Copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons licensing
  • Searching and selecting OER and zero-cost course materials
  • Creating an OpenLab site
  • Strategies to organize course materials for accessibility


  • Participate in 4 two hour (8 hrs total) professional development programs:
    • Meetings will be held from 10-12pm on Fridays - dates TBA
  • Curate OER and post on a public OpenLab site - due no later than June 7, 2019
  • Teach with the OER in at least 1 course section in fall 2019 semester
  • Submit a brief written assessment of the experience in December 2019
  • Submit your course outline and / or syllabus to Academic Works, CUNY’s institutional repository


Faculty will be compensated at or above $1,300 for full participation in the OER Fellowship.


Review program guidelines and submit your application through the online form below - due Friday, December 7th.*

*Before submitting an application, please consult with your Department Chair and course coordinator, if applicable, for approval to 1) develop an OER for the course you propose; 2) teach with the OER in fall 2019.


Contact Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor / OER Librarian at

Faculty will be notified about acceptance by Friday, December 14th.

OERs developed by Fellowship Recipients







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