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Free Open Educational Resources (OER) mini-courses now available

Six online mini-courses focusing on specific aspects of Open Educational Resources (OER) are now open. Explore them on your own, or register to take as part of a SUNY facilitated cohort.

OER courses

New for Fall 2018: the SUNY OER Community Courses will introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources.

Six independent mini-courses allow you to focus on the specific aspect of OER that most appeal to your interests. Content is designed to serve the needs of faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and others across SUNY who are teaching or supporting OER efforts on their campus.

While we encourage those new to open educational resources to start with either the “Understanding OER” or “Open Pedagogy Master Class” sections, any participant is welcome to jump in to start at any appealing point.

Most of the mini-courses require 5-10 hours to complete; facilitated sessions run for 2 weeks. Work is done at your own pace in that time frame.

The Open Pedagogy Master class takes between 10-15 hours; its facilitated session runs for 3 weeks. Work is done at your own pace, but two synchronous events are included.

Course Series Features

● take them in any order

● take them on your own, or as part of a facilitated cohort

● take as many or as few as serves your need

● earn a Credly badge for completion of each mini-course

● free for all SUNY employees

These courses are “open” in every sense of the word: all content is published with Creative Commons licensing, available in multiple formats for local adoption, and open for anyone to complete at any time.

Register for facilitated cohorts through the SUNY Center for Professional Development

The Courses

Explore definitions, concepts, and effective practices related to OER

Facilitated cohorts:

● Sept 5, 12, 19, 26

● Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

● Nov 7, 14, 28

● Dec 5

Recognize and distinguish between different types and formats of OER

Facilitated cohorts:

● Sept 12

● Sept 26

● Nov 14

Explore ways to customize and integrate OER into your teaching and learning

Facilitated cohorts:

● Sept 26

● Oct 24

● Dec 5

Work through the OER creation, licensing, and publishing processes

Facilitated cohorts:

● Oct 10

● Oct 31

Learn how to promote the use of OER on your campus

Facilitated cohorts:

● Oct 17

● Nov 28

Explore and investigate the concepts of Open Pedagogy in your teaching and learning

Facilitated cohorts:

● Sept 19

● Oct 24

● Nov 28

contact: Shari Hardenbrook ( or Kim Myers (
submitted: Thu, Sep 13, 2018 by morzech
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