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. (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 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.
Allison Lehr Samuels
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
OER Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning