Tools and Resources relating to: Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • LearningApps - LearningApps.org is a Web 2.0 application, to support learning and teaching processes with small interactive modules. Those modules can be used directly in learning materials, but also for self-studying. The aim is to collect reusable building blocks and make them available to everyone. Blocks (called Apps) include no specific framework or a specific learning scenario. The blocks are therefore not suitable as complete lessons or tasks. Instead, they must be embedded in an appropriate teaching scenario.   LearningApps
  • Kanopy - Kanopy offers thoughtful entertainment free of charge by partnering with public libraries and universities. Individuals affiliated with a library or educational institution can utilize these resources to educate and raise awareness about important issues. It has movies categorized by genre. The user may also use the search feature to find relevant content based on the title or the subject matter.   Kanopy
  • OpenWHO - OpenWHO is the World Health Organization's new interactive platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so. The OpenWHO platform delivers WHO’s and partners’ expertise closer to where it is needed and provides information in user-friendly formats for frontline responders and decision-makers. The platform is managed by the Learning and Capacity Development unit in the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. Users take part in a worldwide, social learning network that is based on interactive, online courses and materials covering a variety of subjects. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the fast sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback on key issues.   OpenWho
  • Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences - Key features of open video repositories are outlined, followed by brief description of specific sites relevant to the social sciences. Although most were created by instructors over the past 10 years to facilitate teaching and learning, significant variations in kind, quality, and number per discipline were discovered. The APA citation for this resource is: Miller, M. V., & CohenMiller, A. S. (2019). Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences. Online Learning Journal, 23(2), 40–66.     Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available for free to users of the website and app. Teachers can post their relevant subject quiz to their customized students with the class creating feature enabled as in Google Classroom.    Khan Academy
  • SUNY OER Services - SUNY OER Services (SOS) is a shared service organization operating out of the State Uniiversity of New York's (SUNY) Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) who works directly with all SUNY campuses and faculty to provide assistance and knowledge to support OER adoption and sustained use as a driver of faculty choice and student success. Services include offering a ready-to-adopt OER catalog, facilitating the seamless integration of OER into the LMS, the remixing of OER from various sources, and the offline (print) production of OER. The services and resources offered by SUNY’s OER partners are at no cost to SUNY campuses or faculty. User-friendly technology to support adopting, adapting, and building of OER course content Professional development opportunities, online and on campus Networking across faculty and campuses to advance open educational practices Support in establishing sustainable OER programs Guidance around ...
  • Digital BreakoutEDU Sandbox - This site is a "sandbox" of examples of digital breakout lessons modeled after escape rooms and BreakoutEDU kits. Unlike traditional escape room-style lessons, a digital breakout is done entirely online through a webpage created by the instructor. Participants explore the curated site looking for clues and combinations that will unlock digital "locks," typically found in an embedded Google Form. The sandbox allows you to explore different game themes and subject areas, as well as sort by participant age or grade level.   BreakoutEDU Digital Sandbox
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Open Access Journal Finder - The Open Access Journal Finder by Enago enables you to find quality open access journals that are pre-vetted to protect you from predatory publishers. Enago's free journal finder solves common issues on journal authenticity, predatory journals and article processing fees by utilizing a validated journal index provided by The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The Journal results are validated and certified by the Directory of Open Access Journals and also most relevant to your manuscript's subject area.   The Open Access Journal Finder by Enago  
  • Creative Book Builder - Creative Book Builder allows you to create books in epub format, which can then be exported to iBooks and shared with others. Embed images, audio files, video files, and write text. The advantage of an epub document over a PDF document is that all of the media will be preserved and available for readers to interact with when the final product is published. (Excerpt from All about apps in YOUR classroom!)   Creative Book Builder
  • CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) - This guide was created by the City University of New York (CUNY) to assist Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on: Creating Accessible Content: Platforms: Evaluating your OER site: VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template   CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum, so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research poster, and public service announcement.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio,podcasts, video photos,
  • PxHere - Over 1,000,000+ high-quality photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Do whatever you want (CC0). PxHere   Keywords: stock photos, Creative Commons
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) - With academic researchers as the target audience in mind, Directory of Open Access (DOAR) is a platform that conveys the true meaning of open access for full-text resources. It strives to enhance the access of resources so much to not include any site with limited access or sites that contain only metadata records. OpenDOAR is a quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.   Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats - Project Noah is "a global citizen science platform to discover, share, and identify wildlife. It is a software tool that that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and share with others. It also provides a common technology platform for research groups, teachers and students interested in wildlife.   Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats   Keywords: Wildlife    
  • A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students - Closed captioning is higher education is generally geared toward students with some kind of disabilities. However, regardless of having any disability, studies suggest that most students in today's colleges and universities use closed captions at least some of the time, among whom about 90 percent find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.   A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students   Keywords: accessibility, captions
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Versal - Versal is a 'daily learning platform' with a holistic approach with educators as the target audience, Versal provides an online space for easy presentation of lecture materials with integrated interactive assignments. Versal makes online learning simple enough for anyone to deploy. Blend classroom lectures with interactive assignments, make distance learning more effective,   Versal
  • SOL*R - SOL*R is a repository service provided by BCcampus that allows educators to access free online learning resources. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities, and tools, all the way to full programs.   SOL*R
  • Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 46 different sources and contains 151,178 records.   Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."   Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship   Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
  • SUNY OER Services – Embracing Open Pedagogy - Open Pedagogy is a commitment to learner-driven education AND a process to shape teaching approaches and use tools for learning that enable the learners to contribute by creating and sharing learning content.   SUNY OER Services - Embracing Open Pedagogy
  • MEMORANG - Memorang is an online tool and app that helps students and teachers alike. Create quizzes and flashcards that can be shared and gamified. Membership is free, additional add-ons at a cost.   Memorang
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) - This open education resource (OER) is designed to assist with reading and writing at the college level. The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides multimedia support to students preparing for college-level writing, as well as students making the transition out of introductory-level writing courses. The Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is the, first of its kind, online reading resource, which offers an abundance of support materials designed to help students develop college-level reading skills. The OWL site is OER and CC licensed and hundreds of activities are available that can be directly embedded in your own blog or course site.   Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)   This 30-minute webinar about the Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) was presented as part of the Open SUNY Fellow Cat series by Dr. Francesco (Frank) Crocco, Director of the Online Writing Lab at Excelsior College, and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, ...
  • Public Domain Review – Collections - This site contains curated collections of images, books, audio and movies, illuminating the curiosities and wonders of a wide range of online archives.   Public Domain Review - Collections  
  • Open Education Group - The Open Education Research Group is supported by a group at Bringham Young University conducts research to measure the impact of OER use. The Open Education Group site's tagline is, "socially responsive research that concretely improves society." The site also shares stories about how OERs are used in the "real world." The scenarios are great starting points for faculty to think of ways to integrate OERs into their courses, going beyond providing a catalog of OER materials. Ideas are presented through this site as concrete examples of how OER-enabled pedagogy can be implemented in real-world instructional scenarios. The OER Adoption Impact Calculator is another great resource available through this site to calculate how much an individual course, program, or institution might potentially save by adopting OER.   Open Education Group   Keywords: lessons
  • SUNY OER – Ready-to-Adopt Catalog - The SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog, created by OER Services with support from our partner Lumen Learning, focuses on general education curriculum, course materials in this catalog include peer-reviewed content to replace expensive textbooks, plus ancillary materials like PowerPoint slides and test bank questions. Many courses also include online homework, auto-grading, adaptive tools, and analytics to improve learning and create more individualized educational experiences. The best part is that these high-quality course materials and tools are free to SUNY students!   SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog   Keywords: textbooks, OER
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): Open Educational Resources for the Health Professions by New York University - The Libraries of New York University's collection of OER materials that are relevant to health professions, such as Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health.   Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): Open Educational Resources for the Health Professions   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open Attribution Builder - Open Attribution Builder is a tool to help you build attributions for Open Educational Resources (OER) and other items you find that have Creative Commons licensing. Fill out a form and the app automatically generates an attribution for you. This website is created by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.   Open Attribution Builder   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • ALISON - Alison is a free online site that offers courses from the world’s leading experts. Join 12 million learners in distance learning courses which contribute to the lifelong learning, share information and knowledge, and exchange ideas.   ALISON   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Resource Library, Video
  • Discovering Open Educational Resources OER – Temple University - This guide by Temple University is an introduction to open educational resources. It provides information about what open education resources are and how to discover and use them.   Temple University Libraries - Discovering Open Educational Resources OER   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM -   PHET Interactive Presentations is a page with interactive simulations that can be used as an adjunct for courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, and Mathematics. It was created by the University of Colorado with the aim of enhancing learning and motivating students through playful discovery activities that support in many optional languages package. Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students in an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.   PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM   Here is a complete catalog of PHET Interactive Presentations.   " Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ...
  • allOpen.org - allOpen.org is a website that carefully curates open resources. The interface allows for filtering by type (video, images, music, etc.).   allOpen.org   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Resource Library, Video
  • TED Talks - TED Talks: ideas worth spreading include talks from speakers from a variety of backgrounds who provide thought-provoking presentations about a wide variety of topics. The short TED Talk videos average 10 to 18 minutes.   TED Talks   5 Benefits Of Watching Ted Talks   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Video  
  • Digital Public Library of America - "The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions."   Digital Public Library of America   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Business Balls – Free Online Learning and Development Website - Business Balls is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations. It is one of the most mind-boggling collections of free management training materials that you'll find on the Internet. New features include badges, learning plans linked to accredited competency frameworks, wikis (for collaborative content development), fresh content from international thought leaders and academics, and dynamic quizzes (to complement Quizballs.com). The concept began last century as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month. The philosophy of the website is intended to be ethical, practical, innovative, compassionate and enjoyable.   BusinessBalls   Make sure to also visit the Self-awareness Section   Below is an example of Critical Thinking Types according to "Howard Gardner - Theory of Learning that called 'Multiple Intelligence Theory' in the learning process to perceive information".    Keywords: Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, ...
  • FutureLearn: Free Online Courses - FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. The company is wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of May 2018 included 143 UK and international partners, including non-university partners. "Whether anyone wants to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, there's an online course for that."  They can even take their learning further with online Programs and Degrees. Future Learn's courses span a broad range of topics. The first course opened on 14 October 2013 and since then 4,155,568 people have joined and taken part in courses. The first courses to be made available included: "Web science: how the web is changing the world" (University of Southampton), "Introduction to ecosystems" (The Open University), "Improving your image: dental photography in practice" (University of Birmingham), "Causes of war" (King's College London), "The discovery of ...
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Education – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Open ...
  • SoundBible - SoundBible is a search engine for free and royalty-free sound clips and sound effects. This website updates weekly and all downloads are free.   SoundBible   Keywords: audio, Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER), podcasts
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - This electronic book helps readers learn how to fact-check claims made on the Internet on a variety of topics.   Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers   The author, Michael Caulfield, also has a companion blog: Four moves   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Searching
  • YouTube - Get started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. YouTube is a video-sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. The material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. YouTube is an extremely large platform that allows people to upload videos to the internet to inform, entertain, and share things with people around the world. Although many people think of YouTube as an entertainment-based website, the number of educational videos are innumerable. You can teach yourself almost any skill by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. So many people have connected through similar interests on Youtube. ...
  • Take Classroom Video to the Next Level - Common Sense Education put this short (3:45 minute) video together to provide tips about how to incorporate videos into the classroom. Their primary aim is to help instructors foster active viewing.  "When it comes to video in the classroom, students shouldn't just get what they're watching, they should have something to say about it. Check out the video for our tips on how to help students become better active -- and reactive -- viewers in class." An excellent, practical resource that mentions specific tech tools.   Take Classroom Video to the Next Level
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are freely able to be used. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search field.   Google - Advanced Image Search   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Searching
  • Udacity - Udacity's tagline reads: "where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, to build the lives they deserve." While Udacity offers many university-style MOOCs, this for-profit site is now oriented towards vocational education, offering courses and nanodegrees in technological fields.   Udacity Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access  
  • Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) - A State University of New York (SUNY) initiative to provide affordable educational alternatives to traditional textbooks. SUNY provides this service to assist faculty, librarians, and staff to identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and Open Educational Resources (OER).   Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS)   How to Search for an Open Textbook using SUNY ALS - A tutorial guide on locating open textbooks using Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions.   Keywords: Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open SUNY Textbooks - A publishing model to support faculty adoption, remixing, and creation of open educational resources.   Open SUNY Textbooks   Information for Faculty - Information page for faculty who wish to implement OERs into their courses. Learn to navigate the Open SUNY Textbooks page and catalog.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • SUNY OER Course Development Support - SUNY OER Services is a well-organized collection of resources for courses in many disciplines with several subjects specialized within each. Each link provides a section for SUNY resources, where available, and another for Additional Offerings. The site is growing with resources being added regularly. Select your topic of interest to reach the individual support page for each subject area.   SUNY OER Course Development Support   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • MERLOT II - A program of the California State University System partnering with education institutions, professional societies, and industry to bring together a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Each resource has been reviewed by faculty familiar with the discipline and rated by the community of users. OER include full courses, websites, videos, test sets, textbooks, and tutorials.   MERLOT II   MERLOT Help - A 'context-sensitive' help system designed for users who require information or assistance about the MERLOT website, functionality, or services. How to Use MERLOT - Resource guide providing links to several pages for using MERLOT in your classroom.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • OER Commons - OER Commons provides a single point of access from which users can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. They include game-based learning objects, videos, full courses, and adult education materials. Some of the disciplines covered are communication, history, career training, anthropology, and economics. The site is a comprehensive infrastructure that allows site visitors to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners. OER Commons is one of the best resources for open content. It is indexed and searchable (by topic, by resource type, by academic level, and by standard) and the content is reliably open (and vetted).   OER Commons   OER Commons Help Center - Resource page to get users started in creating, building and evaluating content on the page. Open Educational Resources: - OERCommons Reviews - ...
  • OpenStax College - Publishes a collection of peer-reviewed, freely available online textbooks. It is an initiative of Rice University. They have a limited number of disciplines covered, but there is a gold mine of supplemental resources linked under each.   OpenStax   OpenStax Support - Resource page to get started in using the platform or find help from the question bank. Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True? - A discussion of Open Stax including its origins and the groups involved.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open Textbook Library - A repository hosted by the University of Minnesota to provide access to complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. They cover a variety of disciplines including law, business, mathematics, and the natural sciences.   Open Textbook Library   Frequently Asked Questions - There are many ways you can use these quality books. This guide shows how these books will be a good match for you. Penn State joining Open Textbook Network to support affordable course content - This article about Penn States' recent decision to join Open Textbook Network discusses the value of OTN both educational and financial.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • College Open Textbooks Collaborative - This is a collaborative of educational non-profit and for-profit organizations that are affiliated with more than 200 colleges. The group is focused on raising awareness and adoptions of open textbooks for community and two-year colleges. The collaborative also offers training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks and mentoring online professional networks that support authors opening their resources. In addition to instructors at community and 2-year colleges, this site would also be useful for entry-level courses in a variety of disciplines.   College Open Textbooks Collaborative   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open-NYS - Open-NYS is the collaboration of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide support for the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) across both systems.   Open NYS   Getting Started with Open Resources - Guide to help educators adopt, adapt and build open resources for the classroom.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • What are Open Educational Resources? – Lumen Learning - The guide below from Lumen learning that explains the best uses for OERs in the classroom and how to implement them into your teaching. Open Educational Resources (OER) includes any type of educational materials that are in the public domain, and are legally and freely available for use and reuse by anyone, without charge. Examples of OER include textbooks, course materials, tests, audio, videos, and software.   What are Open Educational Resources? - Lumen Learning   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons   What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and ...
  • Google Search Advanced Feature - Google can be helpful in finding reusable resources. It explains how to use their advanced search features and explains various types of usage rights.   Google Search Advanced Feature   Google Guide making searching even easier - More information about how to use this tool - with examples.   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images Searching
  • Interesting Ways to find Creative Commons Resources - This slideshow is rich with resources that are about Creative Commons (CC) or that are a source of CC-licensed resources including music, videos, images, and more. There are also resources to explain copyright and information about other resources for finding Open Educational Resources.   Interesting Ways* to find Creative Commons resources   Your Digital Footprint Matters   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Searching
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