Open Educational Resources (OER) at Queensborough
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OER) is educational material that are free and openly licensed and can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.
Adoption of OERs results in student textbook savings that correlate to increased enrollment and retention, promotes equity, facilitates student performance, and accelerates their progress through college. For the educator, OER usage fosters academic freedom, increases educational resource standards through collaboration, and allows for peer review.
The cost barrier of some textbooks have kept 2.4 million low and moderate-income college-qualified high school graduates from completing college in the previous decade. OER can help low and moderate-income students overcome this barrier with the creation and sharing of free and openly licensed material.
Creating OER, Collections, Copyright/Fair Use; Licensing; Accessibility
The CUNY OER scale-up initiative seeks to support CUNY faculty in redesigning course materials and pedagogical approaches to replace proprietary textbooks with OERs available on campus-based, centralized technology platforms.
For the 5th consecutive year, as part of the New York State Open Educational Resources (OER) Scale-Up Initiative, Queensborough has received a grant that seeks to expand the number of departments, courses, and instructors involved in OER.
Learn more about OER at Queensborough