Developmental Reading and Writing

SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Developmental English courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Title

Source

License

Notes

Complete Courses

Reading 100

Maricopa Millions Project

CC BY

  • complete course in Canvas

Pre-College English

Open Course Library WA SBCTC

CC BY

  • complete course in Google Drive

English: Skills for Learning

OpenLearn

CC BY NC SA

  • complete course

Open Texts

Reading, Writing, and Communication Skills

Bunda College of Agriculture, OER Africa

CC BY

  • textbook in individual PDF chapters

Writing Hub

Boundless

CC BY SA

  • textbook

Research, Analysis, and Writing

American Public University

CC BY NC SA

  • PDF textbook

Writing Spaces Vols. 1 & 2

Writing Spaces

CC BY NC SA or CC BY NC ND

  • instructional essays about the craft of writing

Writing in College

The University of Chicago

CC BY NC ND

  • textbook

Writing Commons

Writing Commons

CC BY NC ND

  • online text
  • an update to the website in summer 2016 makes it appear as if all pages are copyrighted. However, they are all still openly licensed, according to the FAQs

Reading Material

LibriVox

LibriVox

Public Domain

  • audio recordings of works of literature

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Public Domain

  • text files of works of literature and nonfiction

Project Gutenberg Australia

Project Gutenberg Australia

Public Domain (Australian)

  • similar to the original Project Gutenberg, PGA offers public domain literature and nonfiction
  • due to different copyright laws, they have different options available from Project Gutenberg; however, make sure your selections are legally useable in the US

Lit2Go

University of South Florida

Special Terms of Use

  • literature MP3s and PDFs
  • supplemental instructional material
  • “A maximum of twenty-five (25) MP3 and/or text files may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission. The use of more than twenty-five MP3 and/or text files in a single project requires written permission from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF.”

Grammar & Style

Excelsior OWL

Excelsior College  CC BY
  • grammar, style, and writing support website
  • interactive format, with practice spaces and video tutorials

Polysyllabic

Karl Hagen

CC BY NC SA

  • grammar website

Resources

Improve Your Writing

University of British Columbia Writing Commons

CC BY

  • articles, blog, and toolkits from writing center

The Five Features of Effective Writing

Learn NC

CC BY NC SA

  • article series, written for instructors

Reading / Writing / Vocabulary

TV411

CC BY NC SA

  • videos and print materials are openly licensed. Other instructional material online is free, but not open

Writing Fellows

City University of New York, School of Professional Studies

CC BY NC SA

  • articles for students and instructors

Walden University Writing Center

Walden University

CC BY NC ND

  • blog written by instructors and editors

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.