Welcome to the OER adventure! Please look over this guide and ask questions. OERs are open educational resources which serve as low- or no-cost alternatives to traditional print textbooks, reducing the cost of education for students. OERs also provide faculty more freedom and creativity to craft or adapt a textbook that suits their teaching program. At Jefferson faculty are adopting and adapting OER material from different sources. There are lots of options!
For SUNY's purposes any course that uses 50% or more of open instructional material - material that can be copied, shared, remixed or adapted and accessed at no- or low-cost to the student - counts as an OER course. Increasing OER offerings will mean additional funding from SUNY for Jefferson.
Josh, Dawn, Cynthia, Lynn and Leah have taken existing open texts and adapted them for their own classes in a Lumen Learning shell.
Brian uses the Excelsior Online Writing Lab.
Cynthia uses NOBA for her Social Psychology course.
Associate Professor of English Josh Dickinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is serving as our faculty mentor on all things OER. He has created 10 OERs himself and is eager to help others get involved! Library Director Connie Holberg (email@example.com) is the campus lead contact for working with the SUNY OER community.