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Library Media Resources Center
Where to start?
Are you looking for open access alternatives to your textbook? See the "where to find OERs" list below to start, or start with these
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Video: Open Access Explained!
The Open Movement
Our current system for communicating research uses a print-based model in the digital age. The results of many research projects are largely hidden behind paywalls by legacy publishers and restrict access to a small fraction of users, locking out most of the world’s population and preventing the use of new research techniques.
In response to the aforementioned restrictions, Open Access
- is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.
- fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research.
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barrier and carry legal permission for open use. OER are in active development across CUNY. They leverage the internet to make education more affordable, accessible, and effective. Check out CUNY's guide to learn where you can find OER to use in your classes and learn more about open education.
OER Authoring Tools
If you want to create your own OER, here's a list comparing several OER platforms for cost, licensing issues, and more.
Where to Find OER
CUNY Academic Works
The Open Educational Resources series collects instructional materials -- from textbooks to syllabi -- created by the CUNY community.
Mason OER Metafinder
Simultaneously searches 16 of the most trustworthy and popular OER repostories.
OER by Discipline
Lists of sources of academic discipline-specific OER. (Lists maintained by Lehman College Library)
Curated collection of digital resources and community hubs; from nonprofit ISKME
Open Educational Resources and Zero-Cost Learning: Find Publicly Available Research
CUNY's updated list of many more sources for free, online materials for teaching and research.
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 73 different sources and contains 171,366 records (as of Nov. 27, 2018).
Open NYS is a collaboration between CUNY and SUNY to showcase and support the use of Open Educational Resources (OER).
Open RN initiative
Starting in Fall 2020, peer-reviewed nursing textbooks and associated virtual reality scenarios will be available free online and able to be adapted or remixed for use by other programs (the original textbooks will be based on Wisconsin state standards for nursing education).
Free and open textbook alternatives and courseware tools, from Rice University
Open SUNY Textbooks
Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries. This initiative published high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.
Open Textbooks and OER collections
Lists of sources for open textbooks and for collections of open educational resources. (Lists maintained by Lehman College Library)
TOME (Towards an Open Monograph Ecosystem)
TOME - more about participating institutions: https://www.openmonographs.org/resource/
Virtual Lab & Science Resource Directory
The BCcampus Open Education Virtual Lab and Science Resource Directory lists free science resources designed to support remote science education. This directory is updated as new resources are identified.
Rebus - Open Textbooks In Development
From Rebus Foundation, a Canadian nonprofit. Also has lots of open textbook creation tools, video, and a hosting platform. See: https://about.rebus.community
Curated OER Collections at LaGuardia
Learning Matters Assignment Library
A college-wide effort at building the higher-order thinking capacities students need for 21st century success, The Learning Matters Assignment Library contains examples of assignments that model ways to address our Core Competencies and Communication Abilities. Contributions to the Library emerged from CTL seminars, Learning Matters Mini-Grants, and departmental assignment development workshops. Assignments from a wide range of disciplines are included. Assignments that complete the submission process and are selected count as a college contribution.
Please contact Ece Aykol (English) at firstname.lastname@example.org and Cristina Di Meo (Academic Affairs) at email@example.com regarding the submission process.
First Year Seminar Curricular Resources
The First Year Seminar Curricular Resources collection includes assignments from a range of academic disciplines that support and strengthen first-semester student learning. Please contact Christine Marks (English) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen Quish (Center for Teaching and Learning) at Equish@lagcc.cuny.edu.
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