FREE Access to for New York residents (and NY College & University students) is now available free to all NY residents.

FREE Access to for New York residents
(and NY College & University students)
lynda is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples. Users will need to create accounts in order to track course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes. Our office enjoys all the Adobe software training – like InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Muse!

The FREE access is provided by the New York Public Library.
All you have to do is get your library card.

Here’s how:
1. Fill out the online application form.
2. Wait for them to send you a library card (may take up to 4 weeks).
3. Within 3 months of receiving your card, validate your card by emailing/faxing them your identification (see below for additional info)
4. Login to through this library link with your library card number and pin.
5. will ask for your name and email address and then you’re good to go. Enjoy!!
Information from the NYPL website:
Once you receive your card, it will remain active for a limited time of no more than 3 months and must be validated before use. Please wait until you have received your card in the mail before providing validating identification to our Patron Accounts Management team by e-mail at or faxing
(212) 621-0278.

To validate your card – Email or fax one piece of the following:
• current NYS driver’s license
• non-driver’s identification

OR two of the following forms of identification* if above documentation is not available:
• Current college photo ID card
• Current passport
• Social Security card
• Birth certificate
• Transit pass

*This is an incomplete list – go here for a full list of eligible identification.

Chancellor Zimpher Highlights SUNY Resources During National Open Education Wee




Chancellor Zimpher Highlights SUNY Resources During National Open Education Week

Students and Faculty Emphasize the Importance of Free and Low-Cost Textbooks

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Contact: Holly Liapis;; 518-320-1311

@SUNY; #openeducationwk

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today highlighted SUNY programs and resources as educators across the country recognize Open Education Week 2016 in an effort to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities for students.

“SUNY is proud to recognize Open Education Week, which aims to make current and prospective students aware of free resources that support college completion and success,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Like our colleagues in higher education across the country, SUNY continues to expand its open education offerings and support the many faculty who contribute to our growth by developing free or low-cost textbooks and learning materials for students.”

In addition to what is available by individual campus, Open Education Resources (OER) at SUNY can be found at, and include:

·         Open SUNY Textbooks, an open access textbook publishing initiative established by the libraries of SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, the College of Environmental Science & Forestry, SUNY Fredonia, Upstate Medical University, and the University at Buffalo. To date, 14 textbooks have been published and 12 more are in-process. In the past year, these have been downloaded more than 72,000 times.

·         Open SUNY MOOCs, which provide free, global access to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed by SUNY colleges and universities. SUNY now offers 19 MOOCs through the Coursera platform, covering topics such as non-profits, metaliteracy, elearning, and computational arts.

·         Two Applied Learning Courses created through a multi-campus effort by Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Cornell University, and SUNY Oswego. The courses are SUNY Professional Skills Career Launch for All Majors and SUNY Professional Skills Career Launch for Engineers.

SUNY is also sponsoring a series of events to increase campus aware of OER activities and opportunities.

Student and faculty leaders at SUNY also highlighted the importance of providing free textbooks, citing a Buffalo State College study, which found that 75 percent of students do not purchase required textbooks because they cannot afford them, and that 25 percent of students have withdrawn from a course due to textbook costs.

“No student should have to forgo a full educational experience due to an inability to purchase grossly overpriced textbooks,” said Thomas D. Mastro, president of the SUNY Student Assembly. “The statistics are staggering in terms of the steep increases in textbook prices over the last few decades when compared with rates of inflation and income. We need to invest in open access texts, print on demand technologies, digital textbooks, and have a greater collaboration with faculty, publishers, and college bookstores in order to ensure our students are getting the best education possible.”


“The fact that so many students do not purchase textbooks–whether or not for financial reasons—seriously limits their ability to gain the maximum educational benefit from the classes they take,” said Dr. Peter Knuepfer, president of the University Faculty Senate. “The UFS has urged campus administrators and faculty to seek less-expensive alternatives to traditional textbooks, and Open Educational Resources provide some of the best sources for such materials.”

“The FCCC supports community college faculty in their pursuit and selection of high quality, low-cost digital instructional materials for our students’ benefit,” said Nina Tamrowski, president of the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges. “We are committed to student success in many different ways, and open educational resources—with appropriate supports for faculty and access for students—may be one of many ways that faculty can support completion.”


For more information about Open Education Resources available throughout SUNY, visit:

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2014-15, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and nearly 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit


Registration Open: Faculty Development Community of Practice Webinar: Accessibility MOOC

This free webinar will highlight a faculty development opportunity for learning how to create and teach courses with accessibility in mind.  “Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners” is an IITG funded, SUNY-wide, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course will be hosted on Canvas Network and Creative Commons licensed. A live, facilitated session will be offered, followed by an “on demand” format. Content will be downloadable and customizable to meet the varied training needs across SUNY. The course provides faculty and staff with a knowledge base to minimize potential barriers faced by students with disabilities The collaborative team includes instructional designers, disability services professionals, technologists, and faculty members from Empire State College and Buffalo State College.

When:  November 2, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Who should attend: 

·        Faculty developers

·        Faculty or staff from centers for teaching and learning,

·        Teaching, learning, and technology centers,

·        Librarians

·        Instructional designers, or other staff who are involved with supporting faculty in their instructional development.


Cost: Free

To Register


Contact Chris Price (

Christopher Price, PhD
Academic Programs Manager

SUNY Center for Professional Development
Phone: 585-395-5025

September “First Friday”

GCC Online Faculty:

This Friday at 8 a.m. Judie Littlejohn will present an informative session on the topic of accessibility in online courses. Specifically, she will showcase the faculty resource videos created by Katie Bush, our Accessibility Consultant.

The session lasts for no more than one hour and will be held in the Technology Building, T219.

Learn how to add alternative text to Word documents and PowerPoint presentations.

Find out how to make accessible tables in Blackboard.

And more…

This session is part of an Online Faculty Development Series. Sue Chiddy will present later in September, focusing on textbooks.

Questions? Contact Julie Miller at

Computational Thinking – Free Online Course

Computational Thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including the humanities, math, and science. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between academic subjects, as well as between life inside and outside of the classroom.

This course provides an opportunity to experience some of the elements of CT, including:

  • Decomposition: Breaking down data, processes, or problems into smaller, manageable parts
  • Pattern Recognition: Observing patterns, trends, and regularities in data
  • Abstraction: Identifying the general principles that generate these patterns
  • Algorithm Design: Developing the step by step instructions for solving this and similar problems

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the UK Computing at School working group (CAS) have collaborated with representatives from education and industry to develop computational thinking resources for educators.


For more information and to register: