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Staff and Faculty Present to Statewide Audience on Open Educational Resources

March 17, 2016

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College employees recently presented to a statewide audience on Open Educational Resources (OER). As a leader in the area of OER’s in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Coordinator of Learning Services Tony DeFranco and Mathematics Professor Sophia Georgiakaki spoke to colleagues from around the state as part of Open Education Week earlier this month.

Open Educational Resources (OER’s) are educational resources that are available either freely, or at very low cost, mostly over the Internet. These can include texts, lesson plans, quizzes, syllabi, and other items that are designed to aid students and instructors. DeFranco and Georgiakaki were able to speak about their experiences and the value provided to our students because the College has been in the forefront of the OER movement in New York.

Tompkins Cortland was the first SUNY campus to adopt open textbooks and implement OER in Math and Psychology courses, doing so in 2011. To date, they have saved students hundreds of thousands of dollars in the cost of textbooks and learning materials. Student success in OER courses has also increased, with some classes showing as much as a 20% increase in the percentage of students earning passing grades.

Open Education Week was hosted by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence. As a leader in the effort, Tompkins Cortland remains committed to providing affordable access for students. For more information on OER at Tompkins Cortland, visit the Campus Technology webpage.

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