Open Resources for Hybrid Teaching: Home


Although the project is still in its infancy, the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI) has declared itself committed to lowering the cost of textbooks to students through advocacy for e-textbooks at higher education institutions. Back in 2012, members of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), led by its Higher Education Program Coordinator, drafted a response to the Draft Statewide Plan for Higher Education. In it, the organization "strongly urge[s] that [New York] state develop a vision to guide the open source textbook movement with the mission to save students money." Read the full white page online »

Iona supports initiatives to lower costs of textbooks through models such as openly licensed textbooks made available online through the authors. These have non-restrictive licenses that allow users to download and print from websites and repositories. Read more about Open Access Textbooks. Read more about this initiative »

We have created the following guide to help direct Iona faculty to open access resources and to low-cost e-textbooks.  We will follow up by offering workshops and tutorials in CELTIC to aid faculty in utilizing any such resources they chose.  

Please note that this sector is new and consistently changing.  Please check back frequently for updates.


One of the biggest challenges of open, online teaching is maintaining compliance with copyright protections.  While many of the activities of hybrid education fall under the umbrella of Fair Use, or are protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, these statutes do not allow for all the activities necessary to create a compelling hybrid, digital learning, flipped-classroom or MOOC environment - mainly that of providing good resources to disparate students in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

If you stick to using the resources suggested in this guide you should not have to worry about copyright compliance, but do not be fooled into thinking you do not have to worry, then, about copyright.  We live in a very litigious society and the more you know the better.

Please review the Copyright & Fair Use LibGuide for more information and resources on the subject.

Open Access Resource Center

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work for everyone, has launched an Open Access Resource Center in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Check the site frequently for updates on legislation and to find new open access content.

Plus it's greener....

Aside from the benefits in convenience and interactivity, using e-textbooks and online course materials is good for the environment!

Join Sage Open

SAGE Open is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. 

University of California Faculty Senate Passes Open Access Policy

All future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. Articles will be available to the public without charge via eScholarship (UC’s open access repository) in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals.  

Read the Official Policy »