Technical Writing and Communication

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 Technical Writing and Communication courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please¬†let us know.

Title Source License  Notes
A Guide to Technical Communications: Strategies & Applications The Ohio State University CC BY NC
  • textbook for Engineering Technical Communications
Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Programs in Professional and Technical Writing SUNY Cortland, University at Buffalo, and Ithaca College CC BY NC ND
  • anthology of essays
  • professional resource
Writing for Strategic Communications Industries The Ohio State University CC BY
  • textbook for professional writing and presentations

Infographic: 5 Ways To Use OER in Your Class. 1) Link Directly to Resources. Give students a link to the materials through your learning management system (LMS), course web page, or syllabus. 2) Copy and Paste. Move the materials into a platform that you can edit (such as a Word document or a page in your LMS). Include the Creative Commons copyright information and attribute the sources as needed. 3) Print and Distribute. Hand out the materials in your classroom. Include the Creative Commons copyright information and attribute the sources as needed. 4) Integrate into your LMS. Single sign on tools allow you to embed OER directly into Blackboard, Canvas, or Moodle. Students can interact with materials and complete assignments all in the same space. This may not be possible with all OER. Talk with SUNY OER Services to get started. 5) Publish. Explore options for bound, printed versions of your customized text. Talk with SUNY OER Services to discover the best path. CC BY


The timeline for options #4 & #5 can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.