Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Faculty
OER guides by subject created by CGCC faculty
Using Open Education Resources has saved our students $ 8,874.50 in textbook costs since June 2011.
What are Open Educational Resources?
Open educational resources are materials that are available online for anyone to use. "Open" means the creator has chosen to grant certain uses to anyone, such as distribute and remix their work for free, as long as you credit them for the original work. The library can help you find OERs for your class.
About the Licenses
Evaluating Open Textbooks and OERs
Find Open Educational Resources
Citations and previews of books and magazines. Full text is available if the item is in the public domain.
Full text of over 45,000 free ebooks in the public domain, available to read online or download
Instructional textbooks that editable by anyone. Wikibooks is NOT a repository for fiction or literature, primary research, or published texts.
From British Columbia, Creative Commons licensing, available in ebook formats for free or printed books at cost
Peer-reviewed science and math textbooks, available free online or low-cost print, customizable by instructors
Multiple subjects, PDF versions available for free. Printed books also available at cost.
Textbooks, Low Cost
Textbooks in many subjects, optional customization by instructors, all textbooks cost $20.00. Also related online quizzes available.
Digital textbooks in many subjects, able to be personalized by instructors. Print versions also available for purchase.
Courses and Curricula
Online Courses Available to Everyone
Free online classes in many subjects, using video lectures. Also keeps statistics and earn badges.
Free access to CC BY-licensed classes, which include readings and videos
Free online courses in math, science and technology
Curriculum for Use by Faculty
Searchable listings of free online college courses available from U.S. universities and colleges
Created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Course materials, including syllabi and activities, Creative Commons licensing, from Washington state
Course materials in many subjects, Creative Commons licensing
Free peer-reviewed online courses in many subjects
News, Discussion and Promotion of OERs
Initiative to campaign for and increase awareness of OERs. COT has peer-review open textbooks.
Online community focusing on OERs for K-12 education
UK repository of OERs for higher education
OER materials for faculty, including testimonials. Created by WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Worldwide community to advance open education, includes webinars, projects, news and events
Online community for instructors to plan, use and develop OERs. Supported by the OER Foundation.
Other Resources by Subject
Images and Video
Photographs with Creative Commons licenses
Images in the public domain, available even for commercial use
Videos of experts in a multitude of fields giving short talks on a given topic
Language and Social Sciences
Covers many subjects, includes clips from BBC programs
Learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Dutch for free online. Phone apps also available.
Documents, images, maps, sound recordings and more chronicling the American experience
2000+ free quizzes to practice science and math
Open education resources for teaching college math
Online quizzes, also includes self-study courses for anyone
360° images of the brain
Educational resources for teaching science, math, engineering and technology
Free interactive science simulations, uses Flash and Java
Search Engines of Resources and Books
Access searches for images, music and videos from sites like Fotopedia, ccMixter and SpinXpress
Seach for various types of resources in many subjects
Tools, training and support services
Help with seaching for OERs
Digital repository of resouces from Florida
Learning resources and projects, targeted at educators; however, anyone can edit