Update your syllabus so students can see that they don't need to purchase a textbook!
Identify your course as AIM (Affordable Instructional Materials) via the ITS HelpDesk > [Request Something] > [Online Learning & Web Services] > [Affordable Instructional Materials Course Reporting]. Then students, faculty, and advisors can find your AIM and OER courses.
Next Steps: Contact Distance Learning for help adding the content to Blackboard. Then, you will be able to start adapting the text, changing the order of modules, or otherwise customizing the content.
Need something a little more customized? There might be multiple books, websites, and courses out there that will fit your needs. Some may be openly-licensed and others may be copyrighted but free to access. You can always add individual content pieces to your course in Blackboard as described in the adjacent box "5 Ways to Use OER in Your Class."
Have you written course materials you want to openly license and share? Are you looking to develop some new material to use in your class?
(Yay, you've found OER! ) Distance Learning can help add or integrate content into Blackboard, whether it's a single OpenStax textbook module, or a full Lumen Learning Waymaker-enabled course from SUNY OER Services.
Our Instructional Designers at Distance Learning can help you customize your OER content to your course and get you set up to make changes as you see fit, as well as navigate appropriately attributing OER sources if you're combining more than one OER source (see Open Attribution Builder below).
Distance Learning can help make sure your content is accessible for students in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), which includes properly addressing hyperlinks, audiovisuals, documents, and text design.
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