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Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a copyright license that permits anyone to freely use and repurpose them. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, journal articles, and any other tools or materials used to support learning.

According to the College Board, students spend approximately $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies, which amounts to 14% of tuition for students in public four-year colleges, and 39% for students in two-year colleges.

According to a 2012 survey of college students in Florida, because of the high cost of textbooks:

  • 64% did not purchase a required textbook
  • 49% took fewer courses
  • 45% did not register for a course
  • 27% dropped a course
  • 21% withdrew from a course

The Office of Library Services is committed to alleviating these burdens and increasing student success by supporting the promotion and use of OERs. CUNY faculty who develop OERs can deposit their materials to CUNY Academic Works’ Open Educational Resources collection, where they are searchable and may be freely used by all. Currently, there are 24 instances of OERs deposited to the AW site. These include whole textbooks, textbook chapters, course shells, whole course resources, video presentations, training modules, class presentations, and syllabi. Other learning objects are welcome.

For further information on open educational resources, see the OER guide or contact Ann Fiddler, Open Education Librarian.