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What are open educational resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are instructional materials that are released under creative commons licensing or in the public domain. They may include anything from full textbooks, audiovisual materials, homework packets, lesson plans, and more that are intended to be modified, reused, or remixed.
Why use OER?
You will be able to create customized course material that will enable you to educate your students according to your professional vision selecting only the materials that you think are relevant to your course...with no added starch. Best of all, it's FREE for you and your students.
Where can I find materials?
Below you will find links to trusted OER repositories. Take a look and you'll locate materials that you will be able to integrate into your existing courses, use as a foundation for a course, or even to help spark an idea for future academic offerings.
Open Education North Carolina
Open Education North Carolina is an initiative that aims to reduce the cost of higher education for North Carolina students by providing free, open e-textbooks for 30 of the most frequently-taught courses across North Carolina’s 2 and 4-year colleges and universities.
OpenStax is a nonprofit ed-tech initiative based at Rice University. Since 2012, OpenStax has created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low cost in print. Most books are also available in Kindle versions on Amazon.com and in the iBooks Store.
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. The library currently includes 635 textbooks, with more being added all the time.
LibreTexts currently encompass twelve widely used college-level disciplines from chemistry to humanities with over 68,500 pages.Used across the nation as primary course textbooks and as supplemental learning resources, LibreTexts have already recorded more than 250million page views with 650 years of confirmed student reading—an impressive track record on which the grant-funded project will build.
From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons' growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER.
MERLOT - OER Textbooks
Links to OER Textbooks section of The MERLOT system which provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers.
Open Education Consortium
A search engine on OER (Open Educational Resources) that also searches MERLOT offerings.
Directory of Open Access Books
17235 Academic peer-reviewed books and chapters from 319 publishers
B.C. Open Textbook Collection
The B.C. Open Textbook Collection is home to a growing selection of open textbooks for a variety of subjects and specialties. Discover open textbooks that have been reviewed by faculty, meet our accessibility requirements, and/or include ancillary materials (quizzes, test banks, slides, videos, etc.).
LardBucket Creative Commons Archive
The archive of a small project by Andy Schmitz to archive Creative Commons-licensed copies of all the books which were available online from a specific publisher at the end of 2012. (That publisher has asked to remain unnamed here....)
Carnagie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative
Course Catalog for Instructors
Use with class as textbook replacement or supplement