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Alternative Learning Materials Initiative (ALMI): SUNY OER Services

Learn about Open Educational Resources (OER) and alternative materials to traditional textbooks that will fit your course curriculum

SUNY OER Services 

SUNY OER Services (SOS) operates as part of SUNY’s Office of Library and Information Services. SOS works directly with  SUNY campuses and faculty to provide assistance and knowledge to support the adoption of open educational resources (OER) and sustained use of OER as drivers of faculty choice and student success.

This includes offering a ready-to-adopt course catalog, facilitating the seamless integration of  openly-licensed content into learning management systems, the remixing of openly-licensed content from various sources, the offline (print) production of learning materials, as well as the services and resources of our partners.

Please contact with any questions.

SUNY Geneseo played an important role as an early incubator for exploring the idea of SOS. An extended thanks goes to the administration, faculty, and staff at SUNY Geneseo for embracing this initial model.

Lumen Learning Courseware

  • Lumen Circles
  • Lumen Waymaker Courses & Content
  • Lumen Online Homework Manager

Lumen Learning & SUNY have collaborated to make Lumen Learning Courseware freely available to all SUNY faculty and students. You can get assistance implementing courseware into your LMS (BlackBoard, D2L Brightspace, Canva) course shell through the Buffalo State Instructional Design & Distance Learning. Please contact a librarian if you have any questions. 

Lumen course materials replace expensive textbooks and provide:

  • Engaging, interactive content (text, video, simulations, practice questions, etc.)
  • Continuous improvements to support increased learning
  • Accessible and mobile-friendly
  • Available for 50+ high-enrollment subjects
  • No Cost to SUNY AND highly effective

Lumen Circles: Community-Focused Professional Development 

Lumen Circles connect faculty members through virtual peer communities focused on strengthening effective teaching practices and supporting student success.

  • Virtual training combined with applied teaching experiences
  • Build on the strengths of your own teaching practice
  • Reflect, learn, and share with a virtual peer community
  • Skilled facilitation, mentoring, and support

Lumen Learning Waymaker: 

Combines enriched OER with personalized learning tools that improve faculty-student connections.

  • Personalized study plans for each student

  • Texts and supplemental materials

  • Real-time feedback

  • Easier communication & connection

Lumen Learning Online Homework Manager (OHM)

Screenshot of Lumen Learning OHM sample arithmetic course

Designed by educators, Lumen Online Homework Manager (OHM) draws from thousands of interactive assessment questions to help students master math and other quantitative skills.

  • Digital homework system for hands-on practice

  • Customizable courses

  • Immediate feedback for students

  • Use with online, blended and emporium classes


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