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(OER) Open Educational Resources Guide: Introduction

This OER Guide is created to assist people in creating OERs

Purpose of this Site

This guide was created to help faculty create Open Educational Resources (OER) for Brooklyn College students and beyond.

The guide has information on:

  1. Online courses to learn about OER
  2. Where to Find OER resources
  3. Best practices when creating an OER
  4. Creating OER which are accessible to all users
  5. OER and Open Pedagogy and Research
  6. Access to Brooklyn College created OER

What Are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge. [1]  This guide was created to help faculty create Open Educational Resources (OER) for Brooklyn College students and beyond. The guide has information on best practices when creating an OER, information on how to create OER which are accessible to all users, information on where to find OER resources which you can use, reuse, remix, adapt and modify for your courses and information on the pedagogy of OER. This site also provides access to OER resources already created by Brooklyn College faculty.

OER Tip Sheets

Contact Information

Assoc. Professor and Librarian Miriam Deutch
(718) 951-5221

Email OER questions


Library Reference desk
(718) 951-5628
Email Reference

Getting Started Creating Open Educational Resources

So you want to create an Open Educational Resource (OER) but you don't know where to start.  No need to worry, we are here to help you.  The first step is to make an appointment with Associate Professor and Librarian Miriam Deutch and an OER Developer. We'll walk through all the possibilities and help you create a wonderful OER. Bring your imagination and the following to the meeting:

  1. Course syllabus
  2. Electronic version of any documents you want included
  3. Make sure all pdf documents are accessible and scanned with ocr (optical character recognition)
  4. Electronic versions of images
  5. Lists to any sites you want included
  6. Links to any OER materials you have have already found or made which you want to re-use
  7. Check out the OER's created by Brooklyn College Faculty

Online Self-Paced Courses to learn about OER
These three courses will teach you the basics of OER

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OER's 5Rs of Openness

  • RETAIN: The right to make, own, and control copies of the content
  • REUSE: The right to use the content in a wide range of ways (in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  • REVISE: The right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (translate the content into another language)
  • REMIX: The right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (Incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • REDISTRIBUTE: The right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (give a copy of the content to a friend)

Why Open Education Matters



Attribution: [The Council of Chief State School Officers] (2016, Dec. 4) Why OER? [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/qc2ovlU9Ndk



Attribution: [David Blake] (2012, June5) Why Open Education Matters [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/gJWbVt2Nc-I

OER Created by Brooklyn College Faculty

ART 1010 (2017) Art: Its History and Meaning (Simon)

OER for Prof. Malka Simon's ARTD 1010 course

CASD 2231 Speech & Language Development

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Epstein's SPEC 2231 course.

ARTD 3094/7024G-Postwar Art: From World War II to 1989

OER for Mona Hadler's ARTD 3094-Postwar Art: From World War II to 1989

BUSN/ECON 3400 Intro to Economic & Business Statistics (Friedman)

OER alternative textbook for Busness and Economics 3400

PSYC 1000 Introductory Psychology (Shane)

OER alternative textbook for Psychology 1000 (Shane)

CLAS 3239 | Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities

Welcome to Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities, a course designed to introduce you to the main themes and ideas in the medical literature produced by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Geographic Information System and Data Visualization Applications

Geographic Information System and Data Visualization Applications

Math 1201: Introduction to Calculus

This Open Educational Resource site was created by Professor Jeff Suzuki for his Introduction to Calculus flipped classroom. In a “flipped classroom” students watch online video lectures, demonstrations, and explanations of assignments before class. (All videos are closed captioned)

FILM 2201/TVRA 4827: Documentary Production I (Danto)

OER alternative textbook for FILM 2201/TVRA 4827

HIST 3401 American Pluralism to 1877 (Carp)

OER HIST 3401 - American Pluralism (Carp)

CLAS 3200: Greek and Roman Mythology

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for the Classics 3200 sections

FILM 3300W Thesis Film Screenplay (Danto)

OER alternative textbook for FILM 3300W

HIST 3401 | American Pluralism to 1877: a Resource Guide

This Guide offers copyright-free and open-access resources in American history, including maps, digitized primary resources, art and photography, and online textbooks.

Calculus for Everyone

OER for Calculus

SPEC 7317X/CBSE 7685T Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Professor Susan Longtin

ARTD 3134/7142 Subject, Creator, Consumer: Women and African Art (Richards)

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Prof. Chris Richards' ARTD 3134/7142 course

Music in Global America by Marc Thorman

Music in Global America

Open Educational Resource: Music in Global America by Marc Thorman

PRLS 1001 Introduction to Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Professor Ortiz-Minaya's OER for PRLS1001

PHYS 1100: Introduction to Physics

Professor Mim Lal Nakarmi

link to Physics 2100

Physics 2100: Intermediate Physics

Professor Mim Lal Nakarmi

CLAS 2109: Self and Society

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for the Classics 2019 sections.

Bio 3011: Genetics

Professor Gottesman

ENG 7320: Dead Girls

An OER for Martha Nadell's ENG 7320: Dead Girls

Television and Radio Criticism

TVRA 4430W: Television and Radio Criticism

Television and Radio Criticism by Mobina Hashmi

PIMA 7030 /Art 7920 Collaborative Strategies

Collaborative Strategies PIMA 7030 /Art 7920, Jennifer McCoy

COMM1001/CASD1205

Communications 1001 and CASD 1205

PSYC 3400 Statistical Methods in Psychological Research

OER for Professor Crump's PSYC 3400 Statistical Methods in Psychological Research