French Rococo

| Developed by A Ficek, Baruch College, CUNY | This assignment is designed as part reading response and part argumentative essay although it can be modified to suit the needs of a particular class or instructor. It can also be modified to be an in-class discussion or debate instead of a written assignment. By using…

Interactive Acropolis

| Developed by A. Ficek, Baruch College, CUNY | OER: An interactive view of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece Interactive views of ancient sites are excellent OERS to incorporate into Survey 1 lectures. Unlike photos, or even videos, these views allow students to more actively engage with the site. These work particularly well in ‘case-study’…

Shakespeare Documented

| Developed by Allison Deutermann, Baruch College, CUNY | Professor Deutermann uses a lot of open sources in her classes, but always as something she brings in to the classroom and share with students rather than as something students are asked to dig through themselves. She share images from the First Folio and the early…

Annotating Literary Texts

| Developed by Gabriel Alkon, Baruch College, CUNY | In this project, students would use open-source software to make collaborative annotations of online texts.  This assignment would fit in an English 2850 syllabus relying on non-copyrighted materials rather than the Norton Anthology.  For each literary text, I ask general questions designed to help students find…

Teaching the Tristan Legend with Film

| Developed by Tom Ribitzky, The Graduate Center and Baruch College, CUNY |  This assignment was designed as part of a course on the Great Works of Literature at Baruch College.  This lesson appears toward the end of the course unit on the Tristan legend. Students would already have read all the assigned excerpts from…

Endnotes to “Murphy” by Samuel Beckett

Developed by Elizabeth Mannion, Baruch College, CUNY, & Nicholas Johnson, Trinity College Dublin The Endnotes to Murphy project was undertaken in 2012 as a tool to help undergraduate students navigate the novel. In Professor Mannion’s first class discussion of Murphy the prior semester, it appeared that students had read it with limited comprehension. The students…

Introduction to Theatre Arts

Developed by Debra Caplan, Theatre & Fine Arts, Baruch College, CUNY This syllabus is for Professor Kaplan’s Pathways (general education) class Introduction to Theatre Arts. Enrollment for this section is typically 100-110 students, primarily first-semester freshmen and primarily non-majors. Planning this course was Professor Kaplan’s first experience developing a course that uses only OER materials….

Federalists and Anti-Federalists

Developed by Elizabeth Stone, Political Science, Baruch College, CUNY Professor Stone teaches Introduction to American Government (POL1101). An Open Education Resource she uses is the Federalist Papers No. 10, 39, and 51. These essays are in the public domain and available online through Project Gutenberg. Professor Stone’s course easily incorporated OER because the course is…

Curate Your Exhibition

Developed by Tie Jojima, Art History, Baruch College, CUNY This assignment asks students to create a mock exhibition on any given topic that interests them, utilizing objects available online. Students will be asked to think about a theme for their exhibition, select a few works that support their ideas, and think about how the distribution…

Street Art

Developed by Tie Jojima, Art History, Baruch College, CUNY This is an in-class activity that asks students to reflect on street art considering perspectives of different stakeholders. The activity will initially look like a debate, but instead of a debate (in which students need to defend one single perspective), the students in the end will…

Curating the Avant-Garde : Media and Aesthetic Movements

Developed by Chelsea Largent, English, Baruch College, CUNY At the end of her Great Works of Literature  class, having  read through many movements in world literature,  this particular OER assignment gives students highly accessible online models of manifestos, including influential media that provided the platform for many different artistic movements in the 19th and 20th…

Visiting an Art Museum

Developed by Tie Jojima, Art History, Baruch College, CUNY This assignment asks students to visit a museum and reflect about their experience in that very specific institutional space. The video functions like an ice-breaker, so that students might feel less intimidated going to a museum on their own, asking questions, and learning from the experience….