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SETDA OER Case Studies: New York


Across the country, as district and schools shift to digital learning environments educators are leveraging digital instructional materials including open educational resources (OER) to provide more diversified and personalized instruction to improve teaching and learning.

As a part of the movement to digital learning, the implementation of open educational resources is climbing. States, districts, and local schools are modifying their current policies for approving curricula to include OER materials, encouraging the use of OER at the local level and in some cases providing OER materials. These trends provide educators the opportunity to fully utilize digital instructional materials, including OER, to improve teaching and learning.


Specific to OER, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) encourages the implementation of OER materials using Creative Commons Licensing for educational purposes. Currently, the state does not have an official definition of OER but supports a general description, Open Educational Resources (OER) as teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost.

In addition, NYSED developed and maintains EngageNY, a website with instructional materials and resources to support educators with professional learning tools and resources. Materials on EngageNY are considered OER and can be used, re-used, and modified.

In New York, school districts make local decisions regarding instructional materials. In Yonkers, New York, the district provides instructional resources, including OER through Yonkers Online Quick Links, the district’s open and recommended digital resource area. It is designed to support easy access for students, staff and families. Individual Yonkers’ schools select their own instructional materials based on instructional needs.

Schools in Yonkers are leveraging various OER to achieve their instructional goals. Two such examples are Palisades Preparatory School which, uses OER for science and Cornell Academy which, uses EngageNY for math instruction in grades K-6.

The full case study is available online at http://oerstudies.setda.org/case-studies/new-york/.

SETDA OER Case Studies: New York is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (CC BY 3.0). Adapted from http://oerstudies.setda.org/case-studies/new-york/ under a CC-BY license.