The COVID-19 pandemic has required a rapid response by educators to meet student needs. CSI has transitioned to mostly distance learning for the present and the physical library space is closed until further notice.
Many instructors might find themselves looking for resources that are easily accessible and don't require an in-person visit to the library. 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.
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For educators interested in learning more about OER, many conferences have moved online, typically with free registration. These are fantastic opportunities to learn more about OER and interact with others involved in Open Education.
CSI has implemented OER for selected sections in the Physics, Anthropology, Economics, Media Culture, Psychology, English, and Social Work, departments. For the 2019-20 academic year, students saved nearly $500,000 from using OER in place of traditional textbooks.
In 2019/20, CSI students in 7 departments saved nearly $500,000 in textbook costs with Open Educational Resources.