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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Content

This guide will provide resources to free and open education resources

Open Content

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This page includes content boxes for multi/interdisciplinary resources and general OER textbooks and supplementary reading resources; however, do not forget that you have access to books, ebooks, databases, journals, videos and more as a member of the NSU community.

Tools for Creating Content

Open Textbooks and Learning Materials Sites

Note: The University of Minnesota's Open Academics project has a handy rubric for evaluating open textbooks.

  • Open Course Library [Washington State Community Colleges]
    "The Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials – including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments – in 81 high-enrollment college courses. 42 courses have been completed so far, providing faculty with a high-quality, affordable option that will cost students no more than $30 for textbooks. All materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license unless otherwise noted."
  • Open Academics (University of Minnesota)
    A project from the UM's College of Education and Human Development (but textbooks are in multiple disciplines). Listed textbooks must meet criteria (openly licensed, complete, suitable for adoption outside the author's institution, and available in print). Books can be evaluated, reviewed, and rated by faculty from other institutions.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks
    Includes "The Information Literacy User's Guide: An Open, Online Textbook"
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
  • College Open Textbooks
    A selective directory of open textbooks listed by subject from a collaborative of educational organizations. The collection is focused on community college courses and other 2-year institutions and the first two years (lower division) of 4-year institutions. They provide training for instructors, peer reviews of open textbooks, mentoring online professional networks for authors, and other services.
  • Open Textbook Library
    A library of open textbooks listed by subject and reviewed by experts. The project is based at the University of Minnesota with ten other university partners, including large mid-western research universities..
  • Open Course Library
    A collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts.
    A free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and used by an international education community. The collection consists of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder web pages. Developed at California State University and now coordinated by the State Higher Education Executives Organization (SEEO).
  • OpenStax CNX
    View and share free educational material in modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments. Provides tens of thousands of learning objects from a host of disciplines, accessible online and downloadable.
    A non-profit digital ecosystem for the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes from Rice University and several philanthropic organizations.
  • OER Commons
    Digital content hub to locate Open Educational Resources through a single point of access. Also offers OER implementation support, training and professional development initiatives. Founded by ISKME, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education

Open Images and Media

  • HippoCampus
    Free academic resource site with multimedia content for middle-school, high-school and college general education subjects. A project of the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) and the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.
  • Shared Shelf Commons
    A free, open-access library of images powered by ARTstor
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    Free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's collections.
  • Getty Open Content Images
    Search images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program.
  • Flickr - Creative Commons
    A collection of images on Flickr offered under a Creative Commons license.
  • TED Talks
    TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Topics coverall topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Open Courses

Open Course sites for students and instructors, directories/portals, courseware, course builders and other tools.

  • Academic Earth
    Curated lists of free online college courses from top universities selected by staff.
  • Coursera
    An education platform that partners with universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for free. Many institutions use the online platform with on-campus students in a blended model of learning.
  • EdX
    Offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from universities including MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and more. A non-profit initiative governed by Harvard and MIT.
  • National Repository of Online Courses (NROC)
    A library of online course content for students and faculty in higher education and high school. A project of the The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.
  • OERu
    Coordinated by the OER Foundation, a network of institutions offering free online higher education courses for students worldwide. OERu partners also provide ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognized institutions.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
    A web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
  • CMU Open Learning Initiative
    OLI at Carnegie Mellon University offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Courses are used for classroom instruction and designed to support the individual learner.
  • Course Builder
    Create an online course as a Google App Engine application.
  • eduCanon
    An online learning environment to build and share interactive video lessons. Transform video content into an active experience for students.

Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary

Purdue University Ebooks (Open Access)

"Purdue University Press is making available a collection of books published since its foundation in 1960 as Open Access PDFs. These titles are free to read online, download, and print for non-commercial purposes."

University Of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions

Web-viewable; individual pages can be printed; clear pagination. "Pitt Press has selected 762 monographs for open access, including titles from the Pitt Latin American Series, Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies, and Composition, Literacy and Culture. The majority of these titles are out-of-print, but are now available online."

"The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products."

Project Gutenberg

A great repository for out-of-copyright and in the public domain ebooks!

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