Open Educational Resources (OER) collections

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For a quick overview of Open Educational Resources (OER), see FAQ for Policymakers: Open Educational Resources. For information on the SUNY Broome PER Grant Program, see OER at SUNY Broome. Here is a list of links to help you find OER. The first section lists a few good places to start:

  • Lumen Learning: Open Courseware - catalog of open courses developed and maintained by Lumen
  • Lumen Community Courses - catalog of open courses developed by colleges and hosted by Lumen
  • OpenStax College - develops and publishes peer-reviewed open textbooks, mainly for introductory courses
  • OER Commons - database of OER, also a professional network and authoring platform
  • Open Textbook Library - database of faculty-reviewed open textbooks from the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network
  • MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching, offers peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials
  • Oasis - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 71 different sources and contains over 165,000 records.

These additional resources are listed alphabetically. There is some duplication of content in the various directories.

  1. Academic Earth - aggregates free online courses, includes video lectures/tutorials or links to open courseware (OCW) courses 
  2. American Institute of Mathematics Approved Textbooks - open math textbooks approved by AIM
  3. Aviation Handbooks & Manuals - from the Federal Aviation Administration
  4. CC Search - finds media, images, music, and video released under Creative Commons licenses
  5. College Open Textbooks - aggregates open textbooks, has some reviews, also has some dead links
  6. Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) - links back to College Open Textbooks
  7. Cool4Ed – Cal State & the University of California portal to MERLOT
  8. CORA, the Community of Open Research Assignments - repository of open assignments
  9. EnCore – Excelsior College partnership with MERLOT to find OER
  10. Find Open Textbooks - British Columbia Open Textbook Project
  11. FreeBooks4Doctors - open access medical books
  12. Free High School Science Texts (FHSST) - open textbooks on Mathematics and Science subjects for Grades 4-12, international organization based in South Africa
  13. FreeTechBooks - Texts and lecture notes for computer science and related topics
  14. Free to Learn Guide/Index of OER Resources - wiki hosted by Creative Commons linking to other OER projects
  15. GCF LearnFree – general basic tech tutorials
  16. Global Text Project - open textbooks from the University of Georgia
  17. InTechOpen - Open access books in Science, Technology and Medicine
  18. Jorum - UK OER repository, includes textbooks, exercises, and computer tutorials 
  19. Knowledge to Work - career development resources for health care, IT, manufacturing and related fields. Includes OER content.
  20. Level 3 OERR - OER repositories given top ratings by BC Campus
  21. LibreTexts - an open textbook organization from UC-Davis
  22. Lumen Achieving the Dream OER Degree Initiative Catalog - open courses developed for the AtD OER Initiative and hosted by Lumen
  23. Lumen Boundless OER Course Archive - archive of open courses formerly curated by Boundless
  24. Lumen Community Course Catalog - a collection of open courses developed by colleges and hosted by Lumen
  25. Mason OER Metafinder - searches several OER repositories at once
  26. MIT Open Courseware - materials from MIT courses at MIT, including video/audio lectures, lecture notes, online textbooks, and interactive simulations
  27. National Academies Press - publishing division of the National Academy of Sciences, offers many titles for free download in the PDF format
  28. Noba Project - collection of flexibly structured textbooks and educational materials
  29. Open Assessments - online quizzes, many keyed to OpenStax textbooks
  30. Open Book Publishers - makes their books available for online reading at no cost, with charges for download or print options.
  31. Open Course Library - a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts
  32. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup - Edutopia site linking to OER information and collections
  33. Open Educational Resources in Economics - a handbook for Economics lecturers from the University of Bristol
  34. Open Learning Initiative - online courses from CMU
  35. Open Michigan – University of Michigan portal, contains many syllabi
  36. Open Oregon - lists Oregon community college courses and the OER used for each course
  37. Open Professionals Education Network - support for TAACCCT grant recipients, with links to resources and help to find OER
  38. Open SUNY Textbooks - open access textbook publishing initiative from the State University of New York
  39. Open Textbooks - Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, keeps a list of open textbooks by subject
  40. Open Washington - OER portal from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  41. PhET - open, interactive simulations for science and mathematics
  42. Rebus Community – collaborative community supporting open textbook creation
  43. Saylor Academy - offers open courses with supporting resources and texts
  44. Saylor Academy Open Textbooks - 100+ free textbooks
  45. Skills Commons - an online library of OER and program support materials from the  Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program 
  46. SOL*R Shareable Online Learning Resources - includes resources from a variety of disciplines, ranging from textbooks to learning activities and tools
  47. TAACCCT Courses OER Matrix -spreadsheet of OER, organized by topic and provider
  48. Teaching Commons - open textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more, curated by academic librarians
  49. Textbooks by Subject Anatomy & Physiology - OER Commons material for Anatomy & Physiology
  50. Textbooks by Subject Aviation - OER Commons material for Aviation
  51. Textbooks by Subject Health & Nursing - OER Commons material for Health & Nursing
  52. UTA Open Educational Resources -guide to OER, developed for University of Texas Arlington
  53. Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence -an example of an Open SUNY textbook
  54. Yale Open Courses - mostly lectures, plus syllabi, supplementary readings, and problem sets
  55. 2012 Book Archive - an archive of open textbooks that were deleted by the publisher in 2012


P. Bond
rev. Mar. 7, 2018

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