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(OER) Open Educational Resources Guide for Faculty: Introduction

This OER Guide is created to assist people in creating OERs

Faculty OER Guide

Learn about OER, Open pedagogy, OER theory, OER best practices and how to create an OER at Brooklyn College

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

What Are Open Educational Resources?

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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, learning objects, tests, syllabi, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge. (Wiley, 2014) 


This guide was created to help in the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). This guide provides best practices on designing and producing OERs, instructions on creating accessible OERs for all users, information on finding OER resources to use, reuse, remix, adapt and modify, and material on the pedagogy of OER.  This site also provides access to all Brooklyn College OER.

The 5 R's of OER

The 5 Rs of OER. Transcript of image below.

Image adapted from Lumen Learning. (2014). Slide Show Presentation Open Education in the Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) Project Pilot Program.

Getting Started

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. Full citations of all materials
  3. Electronic version of any documents you want included
    • Make sure 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 for inspiration.

OER Tip Sheets

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

Attribution: [David Blake] (2012, June 5) Why Open Education Matters [Video File]. Retrieved from

Attribution: [Blink Tower] (2012, June 4) Why Open Education Matters [Video File]. Retrieved from

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

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OER Leader
Associate Professor & Librarian

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Amy Wolfe
OER Developer and Designer
Accessibility Librarian

Professor Deutch (718) 951-5221

OER Developer Amy Wolfe

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Amy Wolfe is an Open Educational Resources Developer at Brooklyn College and the Accessibility Librarian at the CUNY Office of Library Services. She holds a BA in History, Women's Studies & African-American Literature and a Master's in Library Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is finishing her 2nd Masters in Digital Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Besides designing and creating OER guides on various platforms and customizing HTML & CSS, Amy also conducts group workshops and one-on-one trainings on a wide variety of accessibility topics.

OER Developer Colin McDonald

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Colin McDonald is an Open Educational Resources Developer at Brooklyn College and Project Manager for the CUNY Academic Commons team at the Grad Center. He is an Economics and English graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's dual-degree program. You can reach him at

Image courtesy of Pexels.

OER Developer Emily Fairey

Emily Fairey.

Emily Fairey is an Open Educational Resources Developer at Brooklyn College. She has a doctorate in Classics from CUNY Graduate Center (2006), and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute (2011). She teaches Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies as well as creating Open Educational Resources. Please contact Emily if you have any OER questions. She can be reached at