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A Three-Pronged Course Redesign Program to Incorporate OERs into Online Classes: Instruction, Interaction, Incentive 

Dr. Julienne Cuccio Slichko, Instructional Developer

Project Team
  • Elaine Lasda, M.L.S.

University at Albany


Tier Two


Project Abstract:

"A collaboration between Information Technology Services and University Libraries, at the University at Albany, will initiate and facilitate a redesign process for existing fully-online courses. This redesign process will focus on faculty adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs), in lieu of costly textbooks, since OERs can significantly improve student accessibility, retention, and completion rates (Fischer, Hilton, Robinson & Wiley, 2015). Although the redesign process will be offered to all faculty, the collaborators are partnering with the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to include courses that target a specific population – displaced Syrian refugees. This initiative is designed to build upon existing open access efforts, such as the Libraries Open Access Day, that increases awareness of Open SUNY Textbooks and other open content. Working together, the Libraries and ITS envision creating an OER course redesign model that can be scaffolded and made available to every SUNY institution.   

Fischer, L., Hilton, J., Robinson, T. J., & Wiley, D. A. (2015). A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 27(3), 159-172.  "

Project Outcome:

Project Outcome Report