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Open Educational Resources (OER) have taken off at CUNY and the Commons has developed the platform to support instructors’ teaching and use of OER.

Open platforms like the CUNY Academic Commons connect seamlessly to OER and digital tools that can provide opportunities to deepen student engagement through annotation, sharing, and remixing (a method of editing, reusing, or re-purposing course materials or assignments). Courses that use open teaching methods often incorporate some combination of student blog posts, open educational materials, public-facing writing or projects, experiential learning, and/or multi-modal composition.

As part of CUNY’s OER Initiative, each CUNY campus has an OER Rep to support faculty using OER. If you are CUNY faculty member interested in using OER, contact your Campus OER Rep for more information.

For more information about OER at CUNY, check out the CUNY OER Intiative Report and the  publication Building Open Infrastructure at CUNY (on CUNY Manifold).

To find OER for your courses, check out these starting points:

  • CUNY OpenEd: A comprehensive guide to all the OER used and shared across CUNY
  • TeachOER: A catalog for finding outlets that provide OER to use in your course
  • CUNY Manifold*: another “for CUNY by CUNY” open source project focused on digital publishing

*In addition to developing and maintaining the CUNY Academic Commons, the Graduate Center Digital Initiatives is collaborating with the University of Minnesota Press and Cast Iron Coding to develop Manifold, an intuitive, open, collaborative platform for scholarly publishing that is also a powerful tool for teaching. Manifold allows instructors to create dynamic course materials by publishing custom, annotatable editions of public domain texts and open educational resources (OER). Instructors can embed additional notes, files, images, videos and interactive content into the text to create a multimedia reading experience.

Manifold also supports collaborative annotations, so students can “meet” in the margins of texts and discuss course content online. Instructors can link to Manifold texts from their Commons site, or wherever they are hosting their course readings. Manifold presents instructors with the opportunity to incorporate public and collaborative reading and discussion into their courses. For more information on getting started, visit “Learn” on CUNY Manifold.