This funding is being provided to SUNY as part of the SUNY FY 2017 – 2018 budget. This funding requires that the money be used to support the OER adoption in high enrollment General Education courses.
If a campus is currently offering classes using OER we will count those enrollments for the 17-18 year. This will allow us to acknowledge the work currently being done on your campuses to expand the use of OER, while also providing us with an opportunity to understand all the work currently being conducted in SUNY to provide access to OER for our students. When you are prepared to share your OER courses and OER enrollments please use the NYS Allocation Section Adoption form for us to collect your information.
Campuses opting to participate in this initiative must agree to:
Maintain the redesigned course as OER for three years. This requirement will ensure reliability in the data, as part of the overall plan to research the impact OER is having on student learning, retention, and savings. In addition, this commitment will compound student savings and better position us for subsequent year funding.
Develop a sustainability model for OER at their school. The SUNY OER Services firstname.lastname@example.org and Mark McBride email@example.com from SUNY OLIS can help provide examples of funding models (e.g., course fees, utilization of student tech fees, etc..)
Share OER enrollment information (course section, course number, etc.), how the money was invested, and the amount of student savings that were realized from this investment.
Share information and data with the University at Buffalo Open Education Research Lab who will be researching the impact of OER in SUNY.
Would you be willing to take part in a research project?
A professional development program is being developed with the SUNY OER Services, the Center for Professional Development (CPD), Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE), and Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). These professional development activities will engage faculty who have adopted OER to enable them to share their perspectives and to act as OER Champions. We will be seeking participation from the campuses to take part in these programs and we will also need campuses to volunteer to host a regional OER event on their campus. The SUNY Center for Professional Development will help with coordinating these events. We will contact the campus leads once the program is ready to launch.