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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Welcome to the OER Guide!

Open Educational Resources (OER), are free and openly available instructional materials (including textbooks) that are born digital and available from anywhere with an internet connection.

This content is adapted from Open Oregon Educational Resources and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Cumulative savings!

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Since the launch of CSI's OER program in 2017 to 2023, students have saved $1,621,135 in textbook costs.

Browse this guide to learn more about how you can convert your course to OER, the tools available to you, and what faculty at CSI are already using.

How to use this guide

Not sure where to start?

               Topic                                    to learn about...

  definition, FAQs, open licensing

  tutorials, scholarly research


  find OER by discipline and/or type



  how to make your own OER.



  delivering OER



Funding Opportunities

There is limited funding available for CSI faculty via the CUNY OER Initiative grant. 

Funding applies to original OER creation (textbooks, supplemental educational materials, assessment creations, etc.), as well as conversion of courses to using only ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) materials.

If you are interested in applying for funding or you have additional questions, please reach out to Professor Christina Boyle, Emerging Technologies Librarian and OER Coordinator: