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Open Educational Resources (OERs) @ Hostos

Got questions about using HCC ZTC (zero textbook cost) / OER (open educational resources) textbooks?:

Link to Hostos Community College ZTC / OER textbooks:

Interested in helping to develop new ZTC  / OER textbooks?:


Initiative Coordinator

Linda Miles

Assistant Professor, Library

Use This Course Map Template to Build Your OER

CREATE/ADAPT an Existing OER Textbook

OER logoCREATE a New or ADAPT an Existing OER Textbook

  • Consider the structure of your course.
  • Find, select, and organize relevant materials.
  • Adapt and create materials as needed for the course.
  • Work with OER team members to make the materials available to your class.
  • Teach with the OER for a semester.
  • Share your experience and that of your students with other stakeholders.
  • Receive a $2500 stipend the initial semester of adoption.

For more information, contact Professor Linda Miles.



Goes live: Spring
Goes live: Summer
Goes live: Fall
Course map finished – enter license review
July 15
Dec 1
Dec 15
License review + course map finalized
Sept 1
Jan 15
Feb 1
Textbook designation due
Sept 12
Jan 31
Feb 14
The Achieving the Dream Open Educational Resources Grant (2016 - 2019)

From 2016 - 2019, Hostos was part of a CUNY-wide and nation-wide Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative funded by Achieving the Dream to help address the high cost of textbooks.  Starting with courses offered in Spring 2017 to Fall 2019, faculty at Hostos received support to adapt at least one section for each required course and several electives of the Early Childhood Education degree program to replace traditional textbooks with Open Educational Resources (OER).  This makes it possible for a student to complete an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education taking all classes using OERs as the only required texts. It is our goal to expand the adoption of Open Educational Resources to other degrees beyond the life of this grant.

Profs. Madeline Ford of the Library and Jacqueline DiSanto of the Education Department are the primary contacts for this initiative at Hostos.

Sharing this Information

Creative Commons License
This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This guide was adapted, in part, from Lansing Community College's Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.