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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Information and resources on Open Educational Resources (OER) available to faculty & students free of cost.

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Mason OER Metafinder

This new search tool created by George Mason University and Deep Web Technologies aggregates resources from 15 different OER sites, offering a "one-stop searchbox for Open and Affordable Educational Resources."

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Other OER Search Engines:

OER Commons - Advanced Search 
An advanced search function within OER Commons that allows users to find open access materials/resources.

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching 
"A free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community."

OER Courses & Curricula

Courses & Curricula

Carnegie Melon Open Learning Initiative 
The site "offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach." Instructors may use courses for their own credit granting courses.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) 
MIT OCW allows anyone free online access to the teaching materials of over 2,200 course in almost all of MIT's subjects.

Open Education Consortium 
A collection of over 25,000 OCWs from different institutions made available to instructors to be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and/or built upon under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Open Course Library 
"A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download."

Open Yale Courses 
"Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University."

Saylor Academy 
A website of open courses that can be reused and remixed for teaching purposes with attribution.

Google University Learning 
Google's free learning content designed to help your business or in your career.

Internet Archive - Open Education Resources 
The Internet Archive's "library of Open Educational Resources and university lectures, " which "contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China."

OER Textbooks & Materials

Textbooks & Materials

Open textbooks can be found at any of the websites below. While some open textbooks are only available electronically, some site offer printed texts at a material cost.

Start by exploring these repositories:


Open Textbook Library

DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books

OER Commons: Open Textbooks 

More open textbook search options below:

MILNE Open Textbooks 

The Global Text Project

Computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes