Fredonia is pleased to participate in the SUNY Open Education Resources initiative. Using OER in the classroom is one strategy for providing students with access to high-quality and affordable educational content. OER are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. These resources can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content, such as simulations, games, quizzes, and assessment tools.
In addition to the affordability of OER, they provide enhanced accessibility for vision-impaired students. They also offer a far greater degree of flexibility and customizability to the instructor, allowing for revision of the original text and/or combination of multiple OER.
Although OER are one promising strategy for addressing the rising cost of traditional textbooks, they are not the only alternative for a particular course or content area. In order to investigate a variety of options for providing Fredonia students with access to affordable learning materials, the Provost, in accord with the Strategic Enrollment Management process, established a Textbook Affordability Committee in Spring 2017, chaired by Kerrie Wilkes and David Kinkela.
Fredonia has received funding from SUNY to support the adoption of OER. For a course to be considered OER at least 50% of the materials used should reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits re-purposing by others. Course redesign incentives are being made available to recognize faculty who have already designed OER courses, or who plan to redesign a course using OER materials. OER courses offered from Summer 2018 through Summer 2020 are eligible to apply for funding. Preference will be given to high enrollment, general education courses, and courses with high-cost textbooks.
Eligibility: All full-time and part-time teaching faculty. Must be the instructor of record for the course you are submitting.
Once approved, the faculty member is eligible for the OER Course Redesign Incentive and will receive a memorandum of agreement to proceed with the redesign.
The deadline to apply has passed. Please check back in the spring.
Successful applicants will provide the following:
Step 2: Apply for the OER course redesign incentive.
Step 3: Receive one-on-one support from an OER course design expert.
Once your application has been accepted, the instructional design support team will set up time(s) to provide you with one-on-one course design support.
Step 4: Submit your revised syllabus.
Submit a revised syllabus that includes a course schedule outlining all OER readings, assignments and course materials by January 30, 2019 to the Textbook Affordability Committee for review.
Step 5: Your course will receive a “low cost” designation in the course catalog.
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