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Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Faculty

Contact

John Schoppert
Director of Library Services
jschoppert@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6080

Katie Wallis
Digital Access Librarian
kwallis@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6087

Paula Ascher
Distance Learning and Instructional Technology Coordinator
pascher@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6035

Subject Guides

OER guides by subject created by CGCC faculty

Money Saved

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

The key distinction about open resources is their use of an alternative to copyright called a Creative Commons copyright license.

CC-BY Attribution

CC-BY-SA Attribution-ShareAlike

CC-BY-ND Attribution-NoDerivs

CC-BY-NC Attribution-NonCommerical

CC-BY-NC-SA Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike

CC-BY-NC-ND Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivs

Getting Started with OERs

Evaluating Open Textbooks and OERs

Quality Considerations

Attribution

How do I properly attribute material offered under a Creative Commons license?

Find Open Educational Resources

Books

Ebooks

Google Books

Citations and previews of books and magazines. Full text is available if the item is in the public domain.

Project Gutenburg

Full text of over 45,000 free ebooks in the public domain, available to read online or download

Wikibooks

Instructional textbooks that editable by anyone. Wikibooks is NOT a repository for fiction or literature, primary research, or published texts.

Textbooks, Free

BCcampus

From British Columbia, Creative Commons licensing, available in ebook formats for free or printed books at cost

OpenStax College

Peer-reviewed science and math textbooks, available free online or low-cost print, customizable by instructors

Open Textbook Library

Multiple subjects, PDF versions available for free. Printed books also available at cost.

Textbooks, Low Cost

Boundless

Textbooks in many subjects, optional customization by instructors, all textbooks cost $20.00. Also related online quizzes available.

Flat World Knowledge

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

Khan Academy

Free online classes in many subjects, using video lectures. Also keeps statistics and earn badges.

Lumen Open Courses

Free access to CC BY-licensed classes, which include readings and videos

Open Learning Initiative

Free online courses in math, science and technology

Curriculum for Use by Faculty

Academic Earth

Searchable listings of free online college courses available from U.S. universities and colleges

MIT Open Courseware

Created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Open Course Library

Course materials, including syllabi and activities, Creative Commons licensing, from Washington state

Open Michigan

Course materials in many subjects, Creative Commons licensing

Saylor.org

Free peer-reviewed online courses in many subjects

News, Discussion and Promotion of OERs

College Open Textbooks (COT)

Initiative to campaign for and increase awareness of OERs. COT has peer-review open textbooks.

Curriki

Online community focusing on OERs for K-12 education

Jorum

UK repository of OERs for higher education

Open Washington

OER materials for faculty, including testimonials. Created by WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Open Education Consortium

Worldwide community to advance open education, includes webinars, projects, news and events

WikiEducator

Online community for instructors to plan, use and develop OERs. Supported by the OER Foundation.

Other Resources by Subject

Images and Video

Flickr: Creative Commons

Photographs with Creative Commons licenses

Openclipart

Images in the public domain, available even for commercial use

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks

Videos of experts in a multitude of fields giving short talks on a given topic

Language and Social Sciences

BBC Learning

Covers many subjects, includes clips from BBC programs

Duolingo

Learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Dutch for free online. Phone apps also available.

Library of Congress American Memory Project

Documents, images, maps, sound recordings and more chronicling the American experience

Math

CK-12

2000+ free quizzes to practice science and math

Math Blog - Scottsdale Community College

Open education resources for teaching college math

MyOpenMath

Online quizzes, also includes self-study courses for anyone

Science

Neuroanatomy Laboratory

360° images of the brain

National Science Digital Library

Educational resources for teaching science, math, engineering and technology

PhET: Chemistry and Physics Simulations

Free interactive science simulations, uses Flash and Java

Search Engines of Resources and Books

Creative Commons

Access searches for images, music and videos from sites like Fotopedia, ccMixter and SpinXpress

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resouce for Learning and Online Teaching)

Seach for various types of resources in many subjects

OER Commons

Tools, training and support services

Open4Us

Help with seaching for OERs

Orange Grove

Digital repository of resouces from Florida

Wikiversity

Learning resources and projects, targeted at educators; however, anyone can edit