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LIBRARY GUIDE TO Open Educational Resources for Faculty

OER's and Open Education
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others, in accordance to their Creative Commons liscense.

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:
  • Retain: Users have the right to make, archive, and "own" copies of the content;
  • Reuse:  Content can be reused in its unaltered form;
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
  • Remix: The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.
OER's are part of the Open Education movement that believes knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use. Read more about OER on wikipedia and in the Free to Learn Guide produced as a result of a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

*Examples of Open Pedagogy can be found posted on the Open Pedagogy Notebook

Examples of OER's
What are some examples of OER Materials?   
  • Full university courses, complete with readings, videos of lectures, homework assignments, and lecture notes.
  • Interactive mini-lessons and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics.
  • Adaptations of existing open work.
  • Electronic textbooks that are peer-reviewed and frequently updated.
  • Elementary school and high school (K-12) lesson plans, worksheets, and activities that are aligned with state standards.
Open Education Resources literature
Open Education.net  Forum and news site

OER Commons - a network for teaching and learning materials, the site offers engagement with resources for curriculum alignment, quality evaluation, social bookmarking, tagging, rating, and reviewing, provides a single point of access through which users can search across collections to access over 24,000 items.

Open Education News - Open Education News is essentially a group blog. A number of individuals from the US, South Africa, and eventually other locations daily monitor the internet for news related to open education.

ISKME is an independent, education non-profit with a mission to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector. Research and resources.

Creative Commons Images/ Sound
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Finding Open Education materials
OER Resources Open Textbooks:
  • Affordable Learning Georgia - List of courses and the adopted OER resource for top 100 undergraduate courses
  • Openstax College: free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course. collaboration with Rice University
  • OpenCulture - over 200 free textbooks pulled from a variety of openedu sites.
  • Open Textbooks- a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks.
  • Open Textbook library - search tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed. (created by University of Minnesota with university parnters like Purdue, Cleveland State, Oregon State)
  • Open SUNY Textbooks - large subject catalog of open textbooks available for adoption and reuse
  • Flatworld Knowledge - catalog of open textbooks for faculty to adopt, some cost to students $
  • Boundless - company that offers low cost adaptable textbooks and teaching materials for adoption by faculty $
Open Courses
  • Education Portal -lessons are completely free for anyone to use with no barriers to access
  • MIT OpenWare - is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world.
  • Online College Classes - A collection of college courses and educational material from around the web.
  • OEDd - Open Education database - A tool that lets you explore over 10,000 free open courses and interactive resources from top universities around the world.
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium
Subject list for location open texbooks & OER
These lists are being developed and will continue to grow with new subjects added frequently. If the subject your are looking for is not listed above try checking the following guides:
OER and open textbook adoptions


Affordable Georgia course adoption list

Cood4Ed - University of California system adoptions

OpenTextbook Library (University of Minnesota) - discover books - read reviews

OpenSuny - list of books


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