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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER for Students

This guide will provide resources to free and open education resources

OER For Students

The following sites provide background information about Open Educational Resources (OER) for students and faculty wanting to become involved in the OER movement.

Cape Town Open Education Declaration

Resulted from a meeting Cape Town in September 2007 aimed to accelerate efforts to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education. Individuals can sign the Declaration to actively commit to supporting the open education movement.


Make Textbooks Affordable

As part of the Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups), this site provides the latest news, studies and solutions on cost of college textbooks along with advocacy opportunities for students and faculty.


Open Education / SPARC

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) supports the creation and sharing of open materials used in teaching, as well as new approaches to learning where people create and shape knowledge openly together, and promotes practices and policies that advance this vision. Lists OER-related events and conferences.


Open Education Week

Usually in early March, Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.


Open Knowledge

Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge. Provides networking opportunities for individuals to discuss and promote open access and open education.

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Search for a Course

Use these sites allow you to search for courses across multiple platforms.


Search for free college courses from over 17 platforms and 200+ universities.



Provides reviews and ratings of more than 30,000 online courses and MOOCs.


Open Education Consortium

Offers a search engine on OER in collaboration with MERLOT. Search or browse by language, institution, or category.

Open Online Courses

Interested in taking a free course online from a reputable university to expand your knowledge?  Here's a sampling of sites that provide a variety of online courses.

  • Coursera
    An education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
    A web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content, open and available to the world.
  • Open Culture
    Brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community including online courses, language lessons, movies, textbooks, audio books, and more.
  • Open Learning Initiative
    A grant-funded group at Carnegie Mellon University offering innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.
  • Open Yale Courses
    Provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
  • Stanford Engineering Everywhere
    Stanford offers some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience.
  • Webcast.Berkeley
    UC Berkeley's central service for online video & audio for students and learners around the globe.