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Affordable & Open Educational Resources: OER Studio

Last Updated: Aug 8, 2022 12:03 PM

OER Studio Overview

The OER Studio is an initiative developed by the UB Libraries to engage, educate, and train university faculty and instructors in adopting, adapting, or creating open content for their teaching. Studio librarians are available to consult with faculty and instructors about incorporating OER into their teaching, to advance general developments in OER use, and to promote the benefits of open education moving forward. The Studio also specializes in facilitating the production of OER research. Studio librarians consult with UB's Open Education Research Lab and with interested faculty who investigate efficacy, student and faculty perceptions, and other questions related to OER-based teaching.

In the spirit of the open education community, the Studio also serves as an OER model program for other institutions to replicate or to adopt and modify for their own purposes.

Are you using OER in your classes? Please let us know by filling out our OER Course Assessment Form.

Instructors Using OER and Affordable Resrouces

Instructors using OER and/or Affordable Resources
Instructor Course OER Used

Affordable Resources Used

Jessica Kruger PUB230   Low-cost ($13) textbook

Jessica Kruger PUB320 Authored OER textbook
Yibin Liu PUB325   Government reports/websites/statistics, Ted Talks, journal articles


OER Research

The Studio coordinates with the UB’s Open Education Research Lab on the development of relevant and useful research as it pertains to the activities of the OER Studio. Initially, the OER librarians are focused on investigating questions around the following themes:

  • What type of professional development can be delivered by an OER studio model for enabling faculty to engage in sustainable OER practices?
  • What factors influence faculty who participate in an OER studio to consume versus create or share OER materials?
  • What are core features and supports necessary to create a sustainable OER studio model?
  • What are differences in successful OER studio programming as they pertain to the different professional development needs of pre-tenure, tenured, clinical, or adjunct faculty?

The purpose of advancing OER research is to inform the ongoing development of the Studio and to contribute to the professional discourse and scholarly literature on the use of OER in higher education. The OER librarians contend that at present there is not a significant enough body of empirical research concerning the use of OER, and those who use or espouse the use of OER-based teaching need reproducible findings for any related claims of success or failure.

OER Studio Workshops

March 11, 2022

Promotion & Tenure in an Open Education World. Featuring Amanda Coolidge (BC Campus), Abbey Elder (Iowa State University), and Joshua J. Thoms (Utah State University).

December 11, 2020
Case studies on using open pedagogy. Featuring Dr. Jessica Kruger (UB Department of Community Health and Health Behavior) and Christopher Hollister (UB Libraries)

November 20, 2020
Finding OERs and making them accessible. Featuring Mark Greenfield (UB Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Joseph Patton (UB Libraries). 

October 30, 2020
Making the case for OERs. Featuring Dr. Tori Matthews (Monroe Community College, Department of Biology) and Joseph Patton (UB Libraries).

OER Statistics

The UB Libraries track campus OER activity as part of its ongoing collaboration with SUNY OER Services. The figures below are a numeric representation of qualified OER activity* (see below), meaning that the course instructors met specific criteria to qualify for SUNY OER teaching stipends. The stipend program and the compilation of these figures started during the fall term of 2017. 

Courses using OER: 26 Students impacted: 3,982 Textbook cost savings: $367,200

*Criteria for qualified OER activity (all criteria must be met):

  • Undergraduate level
  • Greater than 50% of the course content is OER
  • Greater than 25 enrolled students
  • Instructor agrees to continue using OER course content for at least three academic years

(Figures last updated April 23, 2019)

Head of Scholarly Communication

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Chris Hollister
324 Lockwood Library
(716) 645-1323

Digital Scholarship Specialist

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Stacy Snyder
420B Lockwood Library, North Campus

OER Studio Partner

The UB Open Education Research Lab's core mission is to actively engage and support the study of SUNY’s open education efforts. Lab leaders provide consultation and research to the plethora of SUNY Open Educational efforts, with the aim of developing research that creates a better understanding and improvement of Open Education.


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In the spirit of the open education community, this Studio serves as an OER program model for other institutions to replicate or to adopt and modify for their own purposes.