Open Educational Resources


Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of educational material that is freely available for faculty and students to use, adapt, share, and reuse.  Examples of OER include learning content (lesson plans, assignments, textbooks, exams, and videos) as well as tools for learning (software for creating videos and websites and training materials).

Open Educational Course Materials

Core - Open Access Repository for the Humanities  Links to digital humanities syllabi, Biblical studies, Gender studies, Musicology, and Film Studies materials.   Includes peer-reviewed journal articles, dissertations and theses; works in progress; conference papers; syllabi; abstracts; data sets; presentations; translations; book reviews; maps; charts

Teaching Commons Open educational resources from colleges and universities.  Includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, and multimedia.

Public Data Sets

Academic Earth Free online lectures from universities such as Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. 

Berkeley Webcast Freely available online course lectures from the University of California Berkeley

BioQUEST Library "An ongoing peer-reviewed community publication of software simulations, tools, data sets, and other supporting materials from educators and developers engaged in education and research in science". 

Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initative offers online courses that address teaching and learning goals.  Active learning courses are included.  

CITE  A blog on course materials, innovation, and technology in education

Internet Archive: Open Educational Resources 

Khan Academy   Video tutorials on subjects such as mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and economics.

Open Courseware Consortium
"a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model."

Interactive Open Educational Resources : A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching   ebook in IC Library's collection

Open Textbooks & Books

OER Metafinder  Simultaneously searches several OER repositories.

The American Yawp is a free and online, collaboratively built American History textbook.

BC Open Texbook Project  from the University of British Columbia.

Listing of Open Textbooks by Subject

The Noba Project provides open access to content that can be customized to fit the scope and sequence of common courses in Psychology.

University of Minnesota, Open Textbook Library  Includes faculty reviews.

OpenStaxCollege  Free course materials for 25 common introductory classes. The textbooks are open to classes anywhere.   OpenStax is partnering with OER Commons to provide online community hubs where instructors can freely share and modify syllabuses, homework, study guides and other open-copyright course materials.

OER Commons  is a digital public library that offers tools for collaboration, sharing and remixing openly licensed course materials. It features tools for evaluation, quality review and improvement of high-quality resources. 

Flat World Knowledge   College textbooks full-text online for free and in a variety of affordable formats

Platform for shared educational texts -- view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, or reports. Anyone may view or contribute.

WikiBooks  An online wiki-based collection of over two thousand open-content textbooks. Fully editable, published under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) 

Internet Archive  Includes links to over 430 billion web pages and 6.5 million texts.

Free EBooks

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Open Theses & Dissertations

  • Digital Commons Network
    Full-text access to 125,000 theses and dissertations.  
     Note:  Ithaca College is a member of the Digital Commons Network - IC Theses are searchable on the IC Digital Commons 
  • NDLTD: Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
    An international collaborative effort, the NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations, and promotes open access publishing of these documents.
  • ETD Center - OhioLINK
    Full-text electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) from several universities and colleges across Ohio have been deposited in the Center, which makes the ETDs freely available to all.   You can search by subject (e.g. occupational therapy) or granting university.
  • Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations  An index of 1.5 ETDs. OATD stores the first 30 pages of the documents, not the full text.
  • Open thesis  A free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents from around the world.
In addition, many electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are made available to web crawlers to show up in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Open Video & Image Sources

OER Creation Tools

  • PressBooks   Create e-books, typeset PDFs, and web books. Choose from professionally designed book themes. Free and priced options.
  • SoftChalk  Can be used to create interactive tutorials and mash up text/media.
  • Screencast-o-matic  Record and edit videos on your computer.
  • Google Drive Create web-hosted documents, presentations, forms etc. Each document can be linked to from Sakai. Useful for using the same material for multiple classes.
  • Pixlr  Online photo editor and drawing tool. Requires Flash.
  • See more OER authoring tools

Author's Rights

Copyright law gives the creator of copyrighted works exclusive rights to
•    reproduce the work in copies (e.g., as photocopies or online),
•    distribute copies of the work;
•    prepare translations and other derivative works,
•    perform or display the work publicly;
•    authorize others to exercise any of these rights.
Scholarly journals typically ask authors to sign a publication agreement or a copyright transfer agreement. These documents transfer ownership of copyright to the publisher and determine the uses an author will be able to make of his/her work in the future.

Note: If an author transfers ownership of the copyright, he or she can still retain the right to do certain things such as include articles in course packs, or place articles on a personal web site or in the Digital Commons.

Most open access journals allow authors to retain copyright or provide some ability to share the content.  If the author retains ownership of the copyright, he or she can grant a non-exclusive license to the publisher, typically for the right of first formal publication.

Science Commons has created a Scholars Addendum Engine that generates a PDF example of what an author can attach to a publication agreement.

The SPARC Author's Addendum  is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows an author to keep key rights to articles.

Source:  ACRL Scholarly Communications Toolkit. 

Using the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License  artists and creators can proactively make their work available for public use, under specific conditions.