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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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SUNY OER services

SUNY OER Services (SOS) operates as part of SUNY’s Office of Library and Information Services. SOS works directly with  SUNY campuses and faculty to provide assistance and knowledge to support the adoption of open educational resources (OER) and sustained use of OER as drivers of faculty choice and student success.

This includes offering a ready-to-adopt course catalog, facilitating the seamless integration of  openly-licensed content into learning management systems, the remixing of openly-licensed content from various sources, the offline (print) production of learning materials, as well as the services and resources of partners.


CSI Savings 2018/19

CSI students saved $400,000 in 2018/19 In 2018/19, CSI students in 8 departments saved nearly $400,000 in textbook costs with Open Educational Resources

  • Core
  • English
  • Finance
  • Media Culture
  • Biology
  • Library Science
  • Economics
  • Astronomy

CSI savings 2017/18

OER savings for 2017/2018Using OER, CSI students saved $330,600 in 2017/2018

Departments listed:

  • English
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Library Science
  • Media Culture

CSI savings 2019/2020

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.

View the OER textbooks used in these courses.

Graphic showing student savings from OER. See description for details.

In 2019/20, CSI students in 7 departments saved nearly $500,000 in textbook costs with Open Educational Resources.

  • Physics
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Media culture
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Social work

CUNY-wide savings 2017-2018

Savings and benefits from CUNY's zero textbook cost programStatistics demonstrating the benefit of CUNY's Zero Textbook Cost program:

  • 2,800 new sections across CUNY converted from expensive, proprietary materials to open educational resources
  • 76,000 students impacted by experiencing a course using OER
  • students saved $9.5 million from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018
  • $2.38 in savings for every $1 of NYS funding.