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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Resources for CUNY Faculty

CUNY Manifold

Manifold is freely available to the CUNY community. With Manifold, you can publish dynamic digital texts with rich media support, powerful annotation tools, and robust community dialogue. Manifold transforms scholarly publications into living digital works.

 

CUNY Academic Commons

Freely available to the CUNY community, the Academic Commons is designed to support faculty initiatives and build community through the use(s) of technology in teaching and learning.

What platform or tool is right for me?

While not all OER are digital, the 5 Rs of OER mean that many OER are easily distributed online.

Educational Technology (edtech) is one tool faculty can use to deliver OER to students—however, sometimes the plethora of options can be overwhelming or difficult to navigate. These resources can help you familiarize yourself with the different options out there and decide how you want to deliver your OER content to your students.

 

Resource Description Use if:
OpenETC (Open EdTech Collaborative) The OpenETC is a community of educators, technologists, and designers sharing their expertise to foster and support open infrastructure for the BC post-secondary sector. You want to see actual examples of edtech use in actual instructional settings
The Open Page project A University of Windsor project, this page offers a collection of CC-licensed open videos & podcasts that overview edtech platforms and promises. You want informed evaluations and comparisons of existing edtech.
Tools of Engagement project Explore and reflect on innovative uses of emerging technology tools through self-paced, discovery activities. You want to engage in self-directed activities to familiarize yourself with existing tools and pedagogies.

 

Other tools/platforms

Below is an assortment of platforms and/or tools that can help you deliver your OER in an engaging and interactive manner. If you have a specific need that is not met by these options, or have suggestions for tools to add to this page, please email Christina.Boyle@csi.cuny.edu.

Creating content

SPLOT is an edtech philosophy that aims to simplify the process of posting content to the web without requiring the user to provide any personal information. (SPLOT has no fixed definition, but one interpretation is Smallest Portable Open Learning Technology.)

Working with text

Pressbooks: The Open Book Creation Platform

Use Pressbooks to create interactive web books, PDFs for print, and ebook

Working with video

Travis Go

Easily annotate videos collaboratively with Travis Go (click on "Open Example Project" to see it in action).

Interactive presentations

Mentimeter

Mentimeter allows you to create interactive presentations with real-time input from online students with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, and Q&As.

Video conferencing

Big Blue Button

Big Blue Button is an open-source web conferencing system designed for online learning.


Jitsi

Jitsi offers encrypted, open source video conferencing. No accounts needed.

Messaging software

Mattermost

Mattermost is an open-source, privacy oriented alternative to Slack.