Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain. OERs are free. Their use in the classroom can significantly reduce textbook costs for students. Under some licenses, users have permission to remix, revise, and redistribute the content of open materials.
While there is a wide range of open material available on the web, this guide offers a starting point for your exploration of OER.
- College Open Textbooks--Over 100 peer-reviewed textbooks.
- OER Commons: Open Textbooks--Use this catalog to search for textbooks published by institutions around the world.
- Open Textbook Catalog--Catalog of open access textbooks made available by the University of Minnesota. Faculty are encouraged to rate and review the texts.
- OpenStax College--Free, peer-reviewed textbooks that meet requirements for most courses.
- Project Gutenberg--Over 49,000 free ebooks in the public domain.
COURSE MATERIALS & COLLECTIONS
- Academic Commons--Free resources and digital tools, focusing on liberal arts education.
- Digital Public Library of America--Wide range of multimedia objects form libraries, archives, and museums.
- Khan Academy--Video tutorials on a range of subjects.
- MIT OpenCourseWare--Digital publication of almost all MIT course content. Open and available to the world.
- Open Course Library--Collection of high quality, free-to-use courses for download. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse, and download.
- Open Courseware Consortium--Educational materials organized as courses, and made available by over 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world.
- Open Learning Initiative-- Open and free courses from Carnegie Mellon University, available for students and faculty with tools available for incorporating into courses.