About the Workshop

The Open for All Workshop is a process-based faculty development program focusing on how to evaluate an online course for inclusivity along different dimensions (representation, accessibility, and student voice and choice) and how Open Educational Practices can foster student belonging in the online classroom. It was developed at the School of Professional Studies of the City University of New York (CUNY SPS), supported by the New York State OER Initiative, by Kelly Hammond and Sarah Kresh. It runs annually through the month of March.

The workshop is built around a series of five live online discussions with a supporting LMS resource site. As a final workshop project, participants conduct a review of an online course that they have developed or taught, specifically looking at opportunities to implement inclusive pedagogy through open educational practices.

All faculty and course developers are invited to participate in the workshop, whatever their level of experience with inclusive pedagogies, OER, or Open Pedagogy. The three thematic meetings (on representation, accessibility, and student voice and choice) are open to all faculty, students and staff, to foster community engagement with the project of aligning our online pedagogy to our school’s guiding principles and mission.

Workshop Learning Objectives: 

  • Become aware of DEIA practices as they apply to online course design and teaching 
  • Explore the relationship of OER, Open Pedagogy, and DEIA practices

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Review a course through the lens of DEIA practices, specifically through the framework of an annotated course review rubric
  • Create a proposal for implementing OER or Open Pedagogy to increase the inclusivity of a course


The workshop runs annually through the month of March. Meetings are on Fridays, 12-1:30 pm, except the introduction, which will be 12-12:45.

  • Meeting 1: Introduction (45 minutes; workshop participants only)
  • Meeting 2: Representation
  • Meeting 3: Inclusion/Accessibility
  • Meeting 4: Student Voice & Choice
  • Meeting 5: Workshop Project Presentations (workshop participants only)

Adopting/Adapting the Workshop

You are welcome to adopt and adapt these materials to support your own faculty development programing.


The CUNY SPS Open for All Workshop and all original content produced by CUNY SPS are shared under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0).

These allow you to

  1. Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  2. Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
  3. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

  1. Attribution — You must give appropriate credit , provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made . You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  2. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes .
  3. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  4. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Note that some of the resources included in the workshop materials were created by other authors and may have other licensing conditions. These are cited throughout.

Export Packages

WordPress (XML) and Blackboard Learn export packages of the workshop can be found in this Google Drive folder and on the OpenEd.CUNY.EDU resource site.


The workshop, especially the course review rubric annotations tool, was inspired by the Cal State LA/SUNY DEI Collaborative, led by Jeff Suarez-Grant, Sally Baldwin, Alexandra M. Pickett, and Ashlie Kauffman Sarsgard.

The workshop is supported by the New York State OER Initiative, through the CUNY Office of Library Services:

  • Ann Fiddler, University Open Education Librarian
  • Andy McKinney, Open Education Coordinator

Thank you to our CUNY SPS faculty participants for their contributions and feedback!