Open Educational Resources

According to Open NYS, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits repurposing by others." The Scholarly Communication Librarian is available to assist you as you explore and incorporate OERs into current and new courses. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today.

Ready to start searching for OERs? Check out OASIS. Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 52 different sources and contains 155,375 records. OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library in consultation with Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services Executive Director.

Why Use Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer a number of benefits to both students and instructors. For students, OERs provide a crucial reduction in course-related expenses and first-day access to materials. For students who prefer physical copies, OERs are easily reproduced at minimal cost. For instructors, OERs offer the ultimate flexibility. Because OERs are openly licensed, instructors are free to distribute physical and electronic copies of the materials without the hassle of clearing permissions. Additionally, many can be adapted and remixed to suit the needs of the course, and the modified OERs can be redistributed without the need to seek permission. With OERs, you never have to worry about your course text going out of print; you can retain and distribute original (and, in some cases, modified) copies indefinitely.
Find Open Textbooks & Monographs
Find Open Courses
Find Open Learning Objects
Find Open Scholarship
Adopting, Modifying, Creating, & Disseminating OERs
Have you replaced your traditional textbook with one or more OERs? Let us know! If you’re having difficulty making an existing OER work for your course or you think you might need to create materials from scratch, schedule a consultation with the Scholarly Communication Librarian for assistance. If you’ve created an OER and want to share it with the world, consider depositing it in the FSC Digital Repository. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to submit their openly licensed educational materials using the Faculty & Staff FSC Digital Repository Submission Form.
Funding Your OER Activities
For information about opportunities to fund your OER activities, contact Danielle Apfelbaum, Scholarly Communication Librarian by email at or by phone at 631-420-6586
Join the Open Education & Open Scholarship Advisory Committee
Faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to join the Open Education and Open Scholarship Advisory Committee (OEOSAC). The Advisory Committee functions in an advisory capacity to the Office of the Provost. The Advisory Committee makes recommendations regarding the adoption and promotion of open access knowledge, open access technologies, open educational resources, and open pedagogies in support faculty research and teaching. It has no legislative, administrative, or programmatic authority and is advisory only. For more information, contact Danielle Apfelbaum, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at or 631-794-6586. To express your interest in joining the Advisory Committee, please fill out the OEOSAC Interest Form.
OER Events

Open Pedagogy 2019 Webinar Series:What is Open Pedagogy? Why is it important? How can you apply it to what you do? The Open Education Consortium (OEC) and the State University of New York (SUNY) Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2) have teamed up to offer a webinar series on Open Pedagogy. The Open Pedagogy webinar series seeks to: provide a greater understanding of Open Pedagogy and its applicability in higher education; highlight examples of open pedagogy practices that may be replicated; facilitate and support a community of practice for Open Pedagogy; and define and address barriers from a faculty and an administrative perspective.

OER HELP | Have a question? Our Scholarly Communication Librarian is available to assist you.

Thomas D. Greenley

Greenley Library

Circulation: 934-420-2183
Reference: 934-420-2184

SPRING 2020 (subject to change)

Mon-Thurs 7:45am - 11:00pm
Friday 7:45am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 9:00pm