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Open Educational Resources: NCC OER Faculty

Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research.
In 2018-2019, these Nassau Community College faculty used over 51% Open Educational Resources in the classroom. They saved their students money by using textbooks and other materials that are freely available online.

Debra Grodenchik and Jennifer Kohut

BEP 092: Basic Education Mathematics

"Knowing the daily challenges faced by our students, we were looking for a way to help ease the financial burden and support them in the completion of their education. OER is the perfect vehicle to help us in our endeavor to give them this badly needed support."

Anna Feuerbach

  ANT203: Physical Anthropology & ANT204: Cultural Anthropology

“I use OER so students do not have to spend $100s on textbooks....but really, for me it is linking the course to free educational materials the students can also use when they graduate...such as links to museums, zoos, places, plus educational games etc, in addition to all the free online courses from great universities, and I can show lectures from scholars who are the top in their field. Teaching and learning is changing.”


Emily Hegarty

   ENG 101: Composition I & ENG 251: Film and Literature

I chose to use OER textbooks because it's important for students to save money, and because I like being able to adapt the learning materials to the way I'm teaching my course. 

Leslie Wong Loock

LIB 100: Essential Research for College Success

"Providing students with free and easy access to information and knowledge is the core of public education.  The OER movement does exactly this, by giving students the same quality materials as traditionally published textbooks while them saving money."

Thomas Bruckner

    AST 101: Solar System Astronomy & AST 102: Stellar & Galactic

Most of the textbooks in Astronomy approach or exceed $200. That to me is ridiculous as it becomes an unnecessary financial burden for my students.  I am happy to use OER in the classroom and, as a department chairperson, I encourage my faculty to do the same.



Harry Marenstein

    MUS104: Introduction to Music Literature