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OER Programs at BMCC


BMCC LogoWith support from BMCC’s Office for Academic Affairs, the BMCC Library and CETLS coordinate the Open/Alternative Textbook Program to support faculty who are interested in replacing commercial textbooks with with open educational resources (OER) and other freely-available, no-cost materials (e.g., library resources, websites). Since spring 2015, over 70 faculty across 15 of BMCC's 17 departments have completed the OER seminar series and implemented textbook free courses.

A more detailed description of the Open/Alternative Textbook Program is below. Applications for the AY 2017-18 will be announced to all faculty by email. To apply, fill out the program application.

Through 2018, the Open/Alternative Textbook Program will run concurrently with three other OER initiatives: Achieving the Dream OER Degree Program, NY State OER Fund, and Gates Foundation Waymaker Trial. Information about each of these programs is available by clicking on the menu items to the left.

The Open/Alternative Textbook Program

For the 2017-18 AY, faculty will be selected through an application process to replace their current commercial textbook with OER. Teams of faculty collaborating on curating and creating OER for Pathways and Gateway courses are encouraged to apply. The application period and program dates have not yet been set; when they are available, they will be announced to faculty by email.

To participate in the pilot program, you must:

  • be a part-time or full-time instructional faculty member at BMCC (priority will be given to lecturers, assistant and associate professors)
  • be able to identify a course you anticipate teaching in fall 2017, for which one or more texts will be replaced by open educational resources
  • be able to attend training sessions on specified dates (to be determined with input from participants)
  • agree to create and use materials that comply with copyright and accessibility laws
  • agree to evaluate the use of OER in your course

Faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in recognition of the time required to select, curate, and create OER. 

Participants commit to attending 9 hours of training, replacing the textbook(s) with OER in one course to be taught in fall 2017, and assessing the use of OER in the course.

Selection Process and Criteria
Co-facilitators, Jean Amaral, Assistant Professor and Outreach Librarian, and Gina Cherry, CETLS Director, along with Jim Berg, Associate Dean of Faculty, will select participants for the workshops.

Projects will be selected based on:

  • quality and strength of application
  • potential savings to BMCC students
  • class size, with preference given to Pathways and high enrollment courses
  • transferability of the project to other courses
  • ability to be implemented in fall 2017