The CSI Library OER Crash Course for Faculty will be made available in April for a limited number of faculty members who will receive a $1,000 stipend for completion of the course. Funding is part of the CUNY OER initiative, and is part of a state-funded OER grant.

The course is asynchronous, self-paced, and comprised of four separate modules that are hosted on a Library Webpage. This mini course is designed to introduce faculty to OER and to strategies for incorporating these resources into their courses. The four separate modules primarily include reading and viewing videos with a final product at the end of each module. Each week, participants work toward creating an assignment, lesson plan, or syllabus of OER that can be used in a future course. At the end of the course, the final product is an OER submitted to CUNY Academic Works to be openly licensed and shared. The form of the final product is up to each participant, but may take the shape of a lesson plan, assessment, homework assignment, or the like. 

Again, the mini course is designed to be completed over the course of four weeks, with each separate module to be completed per week, but the pacing is self-determined. Each module, including the creation of each week’s product, requires approximately four to five hours to be completed.

Below are the main concepts that will be covered: 

  • Introduction to OER
    • What is OER? Does free mean open?
  • Copyright and open licenses
  • Locating and evaluating OER
  • Identifying platforms for OER
  • Sharing, creating, and remixing OER
  • Using OER in pedagogy

To apply for a seat in the course, please complete the online form by Wednesday, Mar. 24.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Christina Boyle, Emerging Technologies Librarian and OER Coordinator, at: .

By Amy F. Stempler