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Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Faculty


John Schoppert
Director of Library Services, (541) 506-6080

Paula Ascher
Distance Learning and Instructional Technology Coordinator, (541) 506-6035

Money Saved

Classes Using Open Education Resources have saved our students $61,339.44 in textbook costs since June 2011.

Subject Guides

OER guides by subject created by CGCC faculty

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


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

Downloads - Creative Commons

CC license logos for print and web publications

OPEN Attribution Builder

An application to help you cite open materials, from Open Washington

Find Open Educational Resources



Google Books

Citations and previews of books and magazines, full text is available if for public domain items

Project Gutenburg

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


Instructional textbooks that editable by anyone. It is NOT a repository for literature or published texts.

Textbooks, Free


From British Columbia, Creative Commons licensing, available as free ebook 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 available at cost

Textbooks, Low Cost


Textbooks in many subjects, optional customization by instructors, all textbooks cost $20.00

Flat World Knowledge

Digital textbooks in many subjects, able to be personalized by instructors, print versions available

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 WA State

Open Michigan

Course materials in many subjects, Creative Commons licensing

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, also has peer-review open textbooks


Online community focusing on OERs for K-12 education


UK repository of OERs for higher education

Open Washington

OER materials for faculty, including testimonials, created by WA SBCTC

Open Education Consortium

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


Online community for instructors to plan, use and develop OERs supported by OER Foundation

Other Resources by Subject

Images and Video

Flickr: Creative Commons

Photographs with Creative Commons licenses


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


Learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Dutch for free online, phone apps available

Library of Congress American Memory Project

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



2000+ free quizzes to practice science and math

Math Blog - Scottsdale Community College

Open education resources for teaching college math


Online quizzes, also includes self-study courses for anyone

PhET: Math Simulations

Free interactive math simulations, uses Flash and Java, from University of Colorado at Boulder


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, from University fo Colorado at Boulder

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


Help with seaching for OERs

Orange Grove

Digital repository of resouces from Florida


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