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Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER Essentials


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According to OER Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER) "are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights."

OERs may usually be freely downloaded, and in certain instances can be shared, edited, and remixed with little or no restrictions. Look for the Creative Commons license or other permissions to know how particular content can be adapted, altered, shared, and utilized.

Find out more about OERs here:

OER Commons
Faculty OER ToolKit
Connect OER
OER Self-Publishing Guide

Why Open Education Matters

Online OER Workshops

SUNY OER Community Course



"These SUNY OER Community Courses will introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout this learning space, you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. You will also have opportunities to connect in conversation with your peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey."

OER Commons

OER Commons:
OER Training Webinars

Open Access Academy

Open Access Academy

School of Open

of Open

CUNY Zero Textbook Cost Survey

The results of the first CUNY Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Student Survey are in. Click the links below to find out how students perceived their leaning experiences in ZTC courses in Spring 2018.

ZTC Survey


Brandle, Shawna M., Sheila Beck, Amy Beth, Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Caileen Cooney, Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Anne Hays, Stacy Katz, Linda Miles, and Abigail Morrison (2018). "CUNY ZTC Student Survey, Spring 2018"

Hunter Zero

Hunter Zero

Hunter Zero is an Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative bringing together faculty, the Hunter College Libraries, and Hunter's Educational Technology Center to promote, locate, design, and build OER materials for use in OER or Z (Zero Textbook Cost) courses.

OER materials can be adapted for all disciplines, all courses, and can encompass textbooks, interactive modules, video, audio, homework management tools, quizzes, and any other resources which can supplement or replace physical textbooks, supplement course lectures, or provide an interactive dimension to pedagogy.