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Hello and welcome to the OER workshop. Over the course of 2 weeks, you will learn about freely available academic materials that will reduce the cost of education for your students. This workshop is for faculty who plan to convert their course, make a brand-new course, or adopt an existing OER course.

In a series of modular units, you will learn about Fair Use and Copyright, Creative Commons Licensing, Finding OER Materials, Developing and Delivering your OER courses, the principles of Backward Design, and Accessibility.

You will read the materials and engage in online discussion forums. Even though the workshop is delivered fully online in an asynchronous manner, you will be able to schedule a live Zoom meeting with an OER Fellow who will support you through the process of building your OER course.

Belowyou will find the syllabus, the workshop activities schedule, and technical tips. After reviewing this information, you are ready to begin reading the materials in the module section. At the end of each module, there are discussion forum assignments that can be accessed by clicking the Go To Assignment button or by selecting Assignments from the workshop menu at the top of the page.

We are looking forward to working with you!

Description & Objectives

This workshop is an intensive professional development program to advance open education at the City College of New York (CCNY). The workshop content, composed of 9 modules, covers topics essential to understand and develop open educational resources, information about participating in the program, and resources available to you as a CCNY faculty member.

After completing the workshop, you will:

  • Acquire knowledge and experience using OER in your teaching practice
  • Be ready to develop your course as OER or Zero Textbook Cost
  • Become conversant about issues relating to open education
  • Assume the role of campus advocate, promoting OER to and discussing OER with your colleagues


This is a 2-week asynchronous online course and participants are expected to spend 6-10 hours to complete the 9 modules in its entirety. The CCNY OER Workshop will be the home of all course content, assignments, and communications.

This workshop is a conversation. We will think about issues relating to OER together, hearing your concerns and learning how best to support you. Therefore, it is essential that you complete the assignment and participate in the discussion in a timely manner.

Commonly Used OER Terms

Download OER Glossary.

Online Course Schedule

Download Digital Fillable Checklist (Word Doc) or Printable Checklist (PDF)





Optional Discussion

Due Dates

Week 1


Read: Module 0

  • OER vs ZTC
  • Stipend structure
  • Requirements
  • Paperwork & Procedure
  • FAQ


No assignment

General questions about module 0 materials

Read by 01/09

Read: Module 1

  • What are Open Educational Resources?
  • Why does Open Education Matter?
  • OER vs ZTC
  • Eligibility and Requirements

·  Introduction post

·  Discuss the benefits and challenges of using open educational resources. Please respond to at least two posts.

General Questions about Module 1 Materials

Post by 01/09

Reply by 01/10

Read: Module 2

  • Copyright
  • Public Domain
  • Fair Use

·  Discuss if you rely on fair use for your OER/ZTC course.  Explain why you think it is fair use.

·  Name one work in your discipline that is in the public domain.

General questions about module 2 materials

Post by 01/10

Reply by 01/11

Read: Module 3

  • Open licensing
  • Creative Commons
  • Elements & Types of Licenses

·  What license are you going to assign your works (i.e. teaching materials that you have created)? Why?

·  Read Tepe article and post

·  Respond to at least two posts

General questions about module 3 materials

Post by 01/12

Reply by 01/13

Read: Module 4

  • Finding openly-licensed materials
  • Finding library-licensed materials

Answer the questions and respond to at least two other posts.

  1. What OER/ZTC materials are you able to find for your course?
  2. What proprietary materials are you having difficulty replacing?
  3. What is your overall experience searching and identifying alternative materials for your course?

General questions about module 4 materials

Post by 01/14

Reply by 01/15

Week 2


Read: Module 5

  • Developing OER
  • Practical considerations
  • Software & platforms
  • Delivering course content

Answer the questions and respond to at least one other post.

1. Which platform do you think you will use to deliver your OER/ZTC course? 
2. What are the pros and cons of this particular tool?

General questions about module 5 materials

Post by 01/17

Reply by 01/18

Read: Module 6

  • Open Pedagogy
  • Renewable Assignments


Answer the questions and respond to at least one other post.

1. What ideas do you have for a renewable assignment?

General questions about module 6 materials

Post by 01/19

Reply by 01/20

Read: Module 7

  • What is Backward Design?
  • Why Backward Design

· How does Backward Design differ from course design strategies you've used in the past?

· Describe how Backward Design might change the way you teach a unit/lesson/assignment.

General questions about module 7 materials

Post by 01/21

Reply by 01/22

Read: Module 8

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Accessibility

· What is one way you could implement UDL in your course?

· What will be most challenging for you when making your course materials accessible?

General questions about module 8 materials

Post by 01/22

Reply by 01/23

Technical Recommendations

For the platform you use to access this online course, we did our best to build this workshop online with the time we have, which is to say that it is not as good as we would like it to be. We are not able, for example, to optimize the content for mobile devices. Therefore, it is recommended that you work on a computer.

Additionally, several of the modules include YouTube videos. If you would like to learn how to toggle closed captioning and change the speed on these videos, reference the clips below.


Ching-Jung Chen, Ph.D
Associate Professor/Digital Scholarship Librarian
The City College of New York

Julia Brown
OER Fellow
The City College of New York

Janelle Poe
OER Fellow
The City College of New York

Scott Koski
Digital Projects Manager
The City College of New York