Current University-wide academic technology initiatives include efforts underway to expand online instruction offerings and make educational resources more widely accessible. Key examples include:
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Since its launch in 2009, CUNY Academic Commons has provided a platform for social activity that knits the work and the people of CUNY together. It is the single most successful academic social network based at any university. Now with almost 10 thousand members and over 750 groups, the Commons is, as its name suggests, an open marketplace of activities and ideas. All members of the CUNY community are invited to join and participate.
CUNY Academic Works is a service of the CUNY Libraries dedicated to collecting and providing access to the research, scholarship and creative work of the City University of New York. In service to CUNY’s mission as a public university, content in Academic Works is freely available to all. This institutional repository was created to preserve and disseminate faculty research such as articles and conference presentations, educational materials that can be shared with students and colleagues, student theses and dissertations, CUNY’s scholarly journals, and more. Current CUNY faculty, students, and staff are invited to submit works to the repository, and the CUNY’s Scholarly Communications Librarian in the Office of Library Services is available to help resolve questions of copyright and open access publishing.
Making course materials available digitally, including multimedia content and resources that can be updated in real time, is an important part of CUNY’s efforts to improve educational access through technology. Three of CUNY’s community colleges are currently involved with the OER Degree initiative, spearheaded by the community college reform network Achieving the Dream, Inc., (ATD). CUNY’s participating colleges, like 38 other colleges in 13 states, will use funding from ATD to adapt existing associate degree programs so that course curricula is based entirely on materials that are freely available online, meaning that students in these programs will not need to purchase or borrow text books. Rather, they will have digital access everything they need for course assignments, including multimedia content and resources that can be updated in real time.