Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses that facilitate the free use, adaptation and distribution.” Over the past three years, with the support of CUNY Central and the State of New York, the Center for Teaching and Learning has helped faculty from across all three schools to explore OER and other no-cost course materials, and to convert courses to Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC). The ZTC designation is visible to students in CUNY First and lets them know that a course or section will be using materials that have no direct cost to them.
In January and February 2020 the CTL is offering the opportunity to attend faculty development seminars on OER. In this seminar we’ll differentiate between OER and “zero cost” materials; address course design and how OER or zero cost materials might fit your teaching style and learning goals; and also discuss issues of student access and usability questions when thinking about OER and zero cost materials. These events will include practical examples and hands-on activities and all participants will need to bring the syllabus for a course that they might consider converting to Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC). (If you are interested in examples of assignments, syllabi, and full courses developed at Baruch using OER and zero cost materials see the Teaching Materials section on TeachOER.org.)
We are offering the OER seminar in different formats.
Option 1: Wednesday, January 22 from 10:00am-4pm (one full-day session)
Option 2: Participants choose one date for each of two shorter sessions: part one on February 3rd or 4th from 1-3:30pm and part two on February 10th or 11th from 1-3:30pm
All events will be held in the Center for Teaching and Learning and attendees will be compensated $300 for full participation in the seminar. If after completing the Spring OER Seminar you would like to convert a course to Zero Textbook Cost, you are eligible to receive an additional $700 upon completion of additional tasks outlined below.* (Please note that the amount and timing of compensation is contingent upon the status of the workload report. Total amount of compensation, and timing of the payment might need to be adjusted to be compliant with workload rules).
If you would like to participate in the OER Seminar, please reply on this Google form by Friday, December 6 at noon to indicate your interest. The CTL will confirm with participants as soon as possible after that date.
*ZTC Course Activities
If after completing Spring OER Seminar you would like to convert a course to Zero Textbook Cost, you will be expected to complete some additional tasks:
1. Schedule a one-on-one session with CTL staff.
In this meeting you will get personalized, hands-on help with OER strategies and digital tools. Prior to this meeting, you are encouraged to think about, gather, and/or begin to develop OER/zero cost materials, and to consider which platforms or tools you might want to use for any digital course materials. In this meeting we will work with you to ensure that proposed course materials align with CUNY’s definitions of OER and zero cost materials.
2.Attend a Spring 2020 OER Showcase. (strongly encouraged)
This event features faculty in the OER Initiative who implemented their OER and zero cost materials during the past year. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to and ask questions of participating faculty members in a relaxed, collegial setting. Date TBA
3. Participate in the CTL’s OER Assessment.
During the first semester that you implement your OER and/or zero cost materials you will be take part in the CTL’s OER program assessment. This entails asking your students to fill out our end-of-semester online survey about their experience in a Zero Textbook Cost course and also attending a faculty focus group or exit interview (depending on your availability) to share your insights from your course conversion with us.
For committing to adapt a course to meet the “Zero Textbook Cost” designation in CUNYFirst faculty will receive an additional $700, for a total of $1,000. In order to be eligible for the full amount, you must have met with a CTL staff member and submitted a draft revised syllabus with reading list by May 26, 2020.
* We understand that the choice of course materials is sometimes the choice of individual faculty and at other times, there is a centralized reading list. Therefore, priority will be given to faculty who have the flexibility of choosing their own course materials. It is assumed that accepted faculty have confirmed this flexibility with their department.