Faculty Quick Guide

  1. Have on hand: Course Learning Objectives


  2. Review SUNY OER catalog & Lumen’s course catalog

    Did you find something suitable for your course?


    YES: Awesome! Fill out a SUNY OER Services request and we can get you a copy! You’ll receive an email with your course, login information, and tips for getting started.

    NO: Fill out a Services request to ask for more assistance with finding OER! Include:

    • Learning Objectives or Course outline
    • What OER/sites you’ve already reviewed

    You can also start by looking at some of the resources listed below in “Finding OER.” Once OER material is identified, we’ll create a course on the OST platform & provide you with the details for editing & organizing your content.


    ATD: Once OER material has been identified, think about beginning the licensing review.


  3. If applicable, tweak or remix in the OST platform

    • Small portions of content, such as from ANGEL or course notes, can be copy/pasted
    • For many documents or incorporating other outside sources, consult with us first, as we may be able to import them for you.
    • Check out “Getting more help” below more help with remixing & using the platform.
  4. License your own work!

    ATD: You must license your work CC-BY

    Use the citation tool when editing or adding content to properly cite outside sources & their licenses, as well as to license your own original work. Get more in depth information at the Lumen Learning’s Faculty User Guide: support.lumenlearning.com


  5. Ready for the LMS?

    Contact your local OER coordinator, LMS administrator, and ost@geneseo.edu when you are done & ready to import your course into the LMS

    • Plan ahead! Requests in the few days before classes can’t always be fulfilled right away.


Getting more help


For getting started and about OER:
For requesting a course copy, help with locating OER, and remixing assistance:

Online help

Faculty User Guide & Support ticket request: support.lumenlearning.com

Advanced remixing

For courses that don’t have readily available OER content, you may find yourself needing to piece together sections of multiple OER. Some tips to keep you organized:

course map

General OER resources

Finding OER

Open courses

Open textbook publishers

Open textbooks repositories

Other OER repositories

Media-specific searching