Welcome to the home of OE@KCC, Open Education at Kingsborough Community College, where we work with faculty, staff, and students to incorporate open educational practices into as many spaces across the campus as possible to support our shared mission to offer high quality, affordable, innovative, student-centered programs of study where students take an active role in their own learning.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are the most widely known part of open education and are an important part of the work we do. OER are free, re-mixable, shareable education tools such as textbooks and lesson plans that faculty can adapt as they see fit. OERs’ accelerating spread across the academy is driven by licenses that permit re-use, re-production and adaptation of these tools by anyone.
- For faculty, the benefits include unlimited flexibility in designing a text, time saved by adopting existing work, and the opportunity to contribute to open and free platforms.
- For our students, OERs are free textbooks that offer huge savings when compared to traditional textbooks.
Open Educational Practices are far more than just OER, of course! Open Education can include open pedagogy, open science, open data, open publishing, and more! OE@KCC strives to support and expand the use of and innovation in open educational practices across our campus community.
OE@KCC hosts a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year, from workshops and individual consultations to larger scale projects like yearlong fellowships and conversion of an entire program’s courses to Zero Textbook Cost. To learn more about how open education can inform both your teaching and your scholarship, please contact the Open Education Coordinater, Shawna Brandle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Open Education Librarian, Julie Turley, at email@example.com for more information, or complete the request form here.