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Open Touro OER Initiative: Touro OER Committee

This guide provides information about Open Educational Resources for professors, students, and self-learners.

Touro University OER Committee Charge

Touro University Libraries Open Educational Resources Committee Charge 

Approved 11/30/2020, Updated 8/1/2022

The Touro University System Libraries OER Committee is charged with advocating for OER at Touro College and planning and executing systemwide educational and outreach events in support of OER. 

The Touro University OER Committee will accomplish this charge by: 

  • Training and educating the TCUS community on all aspects of OER 

  • Coordinating OER outreach events and efforts 

  • Providing feedback to the Touro College & University System Libraries about OER efforts 

  • Serving as liaisons between the Touro College & University System College Libraries and academic units to promote OER 


Each member’s term shall be one year, with terms beginning and expiring in November. Members may serve consecutive terms and shall be appointed by the OER Librarian. The committee shall be capped at 12 members not including ex-officio members. 


The TCUSL OER Committee shall meet bi-monthly, virtually, on a schedule determined by the members. Additional meetings may be called by the Chair, as needed. Missing two consecutive meetings without prior notification will result in removal from the committee. 

This charge may be amended at any time with notice given to the committee. 

OER Committee Membership 2021-2022

Edlira Agalliu, Touro University New York - Midwood

Danielle Aloia, New York Medical College

Rhonda Altonen, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem

Jeanette Aprile, New York Medical College

Grace Kim, Touro University Nevada

Irene McDermott, Touro Law Center

Kirk Snyder, Touro University New York - Midtown

Alexa Stoneman, Touro University Nevada

Sara Tabaei, Touro University New York - Midtown

Michael Tatonetti, Touro Law Center

OER in the News


University of New Haven’s Open Pedagogy Project began its new cohort. The University’s Open Pedagogy Project offers faculty and students exciting opportunities to collaborate to create meaningful educational experiences. The program and the grant-funded projects that several faculty and staff members are a part of also foster the creation of open educational resources, which provide important learning tools while reducing textbook costs. The co-director of the Open Pedagogy Project, Dr. Wranovix shared how they include students in the creation of their OER, “Involving students in the creation of course content makes the classroom feel like a more collaborative environment because students and faculty are creating something together.” Read More

From SPARC’s OER Digest, Volume 161 September 15, 2022.

For archived OER in the News posts, see:


Touro's OER Initiative

The Touro University OER Initiative is an effort by Touro Libraries to support faculty across the Touro system in adopting, adapting, and authoring open educational resources for their teaching. Touro’s OER Initiative is tied directly to the University’s mission to operate “In the service of knowledge, compassion, and social justice.” 

Faculty will be supported through workshops, one-on-one consultations, technical support, and instructional support. 

This initiative is committed to: 

  • Expanding awareness of OER and the benefits of OER 

  • Improving student performance and retention at Touro University

  • Lowering the cost of a quality secondary education by lowering the cost of materials for students 

  • Supporting faculty as they engage in meaningful and sustainable pedagogical practices 

  • Empowering Touro University members to collaborate in the service of student success 

With this statement, the Touro Libraries affirm the importance of equity in education and commit to helping faculty utilize free and low cost open educational resources through the Touro University OER Initiative. 

Selected Committee Projects & Publications

Touro Faculty OER Course (2022) is an online course, consisting of 8 modules, designed for faculty to learn the fundamental concepts of evaluating, using, and creating open educational resources. This course was adapted for use at Touro from Texas Learn OER by Carrie Gits for DigiTex and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY).


Building Bridges: Tools for Open Educational Resources (OER) Advocacy and Collaboration at TCUS Libraries was an online workshop held April 13th, 2021. Organized and presented by the TCUS Libraries OER committee's inaugural members (Nov2020-Nov2021), the webinar featured an overview of OER with practical tips for Libraries staff at the Touro College and University System.

Lilyana (Lily) Todorinova, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, Open Educational Research, at Rutgers University Libraries delivered the keynote address.

The learning objectives established for the workshop were:

  • Explain and advocate for Open Educational Resources (OER) to faculty, administration, and students
  • Debunk common OER myths
  • Recognize the appropriate copyright licenses for OER and understand basics of copyright
  • In collaboration with others, assess, adapt, and support the implementation of OER for a given class’s curriculum


Introduction, Danielle Aloia (Presentation)

PDFOER 101, Jeanette Aprile (Presentation)

PDFEvaluating OER, Michael Kahn and Timothy Valente (Presentation)

PDFOER and Copyright, Alexa Stoneman and Emily Johnson (Presentation)

PDFTeaching and Publishing with OER, Sara V. Tabaei and Kirk Snyder (Presentation)

PDFKeynote: OER - Advocacy Service Connections, Lily Todorinova (Presentation)

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