about us

SUNY and CUNY are expanding adoption of OER in high-enrollment, general education courses thanks to dedicated funding through the New York State Excelsior Scholarship.
  • Enable

    We enable easy integration of open materials into the classroom.

  • Support

    We work closely with local stakeholders to ensure essential support for faculty and students.

  • Community

    Our hope is to grow a community of practice around the discovery, use, and creation of OER in SUNY/CUNY.

  • Development

    We encourage the creation and development of new learning materials and digital scholarship.

Our People

Alexis Clifton

SUNY OER Services, Executive Director

Ann Fiddler

CUNY Open Education Librarian

Leah Galka

SUNY Buffalo State College

Outreach & Engagement Librarian & SUNY OER Services, Mentor & Trainer

Katherine Ghidiu

Monroe Community College

Interim Director of Libraries & SUNY OER Services, Mentor

Cailean Cooney

CUNY New York City College
of Technology

OER Librarian, Comprehensive/Senior
College Advisor

Greg Gosselin

CUNY Interim University Dean for Libraries and Information Systems

Laura Murray

SUNY OER Services, OER Coordinator & CUNY Open Education Librarian

Tony DeFranco

Tompkins Cortland Community College

Coordinator of Learning Technology Services & SUNY OER Services, Mentor & Trainer

Bill Pelz

Herkimer County Community College

Professor of Psychology
& Instructional Designer for Online Learning & SUNY OER Services, Mentor & Trainer

Mark McBride

SUNY Office of Library & Information Services, Senior Library Strategist

Allison Brown

SUNY OER Services, SUNY Geneseo Digital Publishing Services Manager

Erin Maney

Senior Instructional Designer & Project Manager for Open SUNY Communities of Practice & SUNY OER Services, Mentor

Michael Daly

Fulton Montgomery Community College

Instruction & Public Services Librarian and Assistant Professor & SUNY OER Services, Mentor & Trainer

Jean Amaral

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
Open Knowledge Librarian, Community College Advisor


Innovative Instructional Technology Grants is a competitive grants program open to SUNY faculty and support staff across all disciplines. IITG has supported several OER initiatives.

OER is Innovation

In SUNY, IITG has supported dozens of projects producing new OER and several initiatives for implementing and scaling OER.

Visit the IITG Site

CUNY Grants

The Office of Academic Affairs funded grants to all CUNY colleges to implement course conversion to OER. This funding's purpose is to develop, enhance and institutionalize new and ongoing OER initiatives across CUNY.

All campuses received grants!

To be eligible for the CUNY Scale-Up Initiative, institutions had to commit to converting at least five courses to OER with five sections per course.

Read the Full RFP

OER Degrees

Eight CUNY and SUNY community colleges received AtD grants to integrate high quality OER in associate degree programs.

Learn More about SUNY, CUNY & Achieving the Dream

CUNY and AtD
SUNY and AtD

Achieving the Dream & OER

State Funding

This year, SUNY and CUNY were given $8 million by the state of New York to implement OER in high-enrollment, general education courses.

Read More About New York State & OER

SUNY & NYS Funding
CUNY & NYS Funding

SUNY & CUNY OER Expansion


SUNY OER Services
Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454

CUNY Office of Library Services
205 E. 42nd St. 9th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10017