Buffalo State OER Workshop

Improving Access, Affordability and Student Success with Open Educational Resources (OER) at Buffalo State.

The following resources are collected as a part of an OER workshop on April 5, 2017.

This interactive workshop will include a practical overview of the use of OER by providing a brief introduction to open licensing and open education. We’ll focus on open course design by aligning open content to learning outcomes and assessments. Attendees will have an opportunity to begin the development and design of an open course using methods to customize open educational resources.

Workshop participants should bring:

  1. Student learning outcomes for at least one course. If you are unsure which course to take on, it will be easiest to start with gateway courses that have higher enrollments like those collected in the Lumen catalog, which generally have more resources already curated and enhanced.
  2. Your best work. Many faculty members have augmented or moved away from only using traditional textbooks. You will likely want to incorporate your own assessments, study guides, presentation materials, writing and other materials into OER courses. Make sure you have access to your own materials so you can include them in your material review.
  3. Your questions about open educational resources. This is an interactive workshop where we will learn together about OER.

Workshop Materials

Materials here are available for all participants and they are licensed CC BY 4.0. If you have questions or trouble accessing any resources, please contact us at support.lumenlearning.com.


  • 1:00-1:20 Introductions
    • Your role?
    • What is your experience with OER?
    • What do you hope you learn?

2:00-2:30 Buffalo State Faculty presentations

2:30-2:40 Break

2:40-3:00 Adapt, Adopt, Build

  1. What do you like about your current textbook? What are the necessities for your students? In other words, what can you not give up?
  2. What do you dislike about your current textbook? List everything that you do not like. Let’s assume that if you’re in this room that you do not like the cost of a textbook. What else?
  3. What is the least you can live with for your first round of teaching with OER? In other words, what is the lowest benchmark you can set and still face your students? 
  4. Bonus Question: What could your students do to contribute to your course? In other words, do you have an assignment where students could create content for your future students? 

3:00-3:40 One Learning Objective and One Source

  • Hands-on curation with OER

3:40-4:00 Education is Sharing! 

  • What’s next?
  • What do you think you’ll need help with?
  • What are you most excited about with your course redesign?

Lumen Learning’s Faculty Support

OER Course Development Support 

Faculty Collaboration Sessions

Lumen User Guide

Adoption Activities and Roles

Lumen Learning’s Technical Support

Thank you for hosting us, Buffalo State, SUNY!