What are OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free or low-cost teaching materials that faculty create and/or use as alternatives to expensive textbooks.  Please see NYU Libraries Affordable and Open Educational Resources page for more information.

FAS Ed Tech Affordability Initiative

In Spring 2017, FAS began to strategically use OER and affordable course content to eliminate or reduce the need for students to pay for textbooks. The NYU Affordability Updates website has interesting articles related to cost-savings efforts.  Below is a summary of the pilot results.

Topic FAS Ed Tech Affordability Summary
Purpose Partner with select FAS faculty to eliminate the need for paid textbooks and software.
Student cost savings $250,084
OER Produced
  • Digital Studio for lecture modules
  • NYU Classes for interactive problem sets
  • TLT team for custom animations and simulations
  • FAS Ed Tech for interactive modules and interactive manuals
Courses Affected
  • CORE, Quarks to Cosmos
  • General Physics 2 (use of cost effective bundles)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Italian Studies language courses (NYC and Florence)
Students affected 785 students across the College of Arts & Science (Spring 2017)

Additional 700 students in NYC and Florence (Fall 2017)

OER Examples

A sampling of OER produced for Introduction to Microeconomics

#1. Interactive module on Price Ceilings: Click to access module

#2. Lecture on Oligopoly (part 1)

A sample of OER produced for CORE: Quarks to Cosmos

#1. Parallax simulation: Click to access simulation

#2. Video lecture on how the Greeks calculated the size of the Earth

#3. Video demo of the Electroscope

#4. Video demo of the cathode