Skip to main content

Open Educational Resources (OER): Psychology

This guide will provide resources to free and open education resources


Free Courses


  • The Open Learning Initiative (OLI)    You can access course materials at no cost to the student or to you the instructor. Students work at their own pace, and can review modules before exams. OLI's learning platform gives the instructor targeted feedback as the class progresses, which helps provide a red flag when students need more practice or if they are mastering a topic. Instructors can help design and review course materials with the open learning initiative. Instructors can take a tour before signing up to use the platform.
  • MIT Open Courseware   MIT Open Courseware has 29 Undergraduate courses in Psychology and 18 graduate courses. Course formats vary, but some include, lecture videos, activities, assignments, discussions, and online resources for further study.
  • Saylor Foundation   This resource provides course learning outcomes,readings, lectures, and web media to 7 completed core programs in psychology and 10 elective courses in psychology. Some of the courses listed include: Life Span Development. Abnormal Behavior, and Theories of Personality.You can browse through the materials and pick and choose what you want to apply to your course.
  • The Open UniversityThe Open University (OU) Learning Space has, 10 units in Psychology to explore. The units have user ratings, time it takes to complete the unit, and level of use indicated on the page. In order to use the complete courses and users need to sign in to keep track of courses. This site offers learning tools, such as knowledge maps and journals and students can print materials to view them.

Psycology Books

Flat World Knowledge Flat World has several psychology books: Human Relations, Research Methods in Psychology, Principles of Social Psychology, Introduction to Psychology and Sexuality & Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial.

College Open Textbooks  This site provides access to several psychology textbooks. Those titles reviewed include: Internet for Psychology, Introduction to Psychology Wikibook, and The Psychology of Emotions, Feelings and Thoughts by Mark Pettinely.

Noba Noba is an online platform that provides open, ready-made psychology textbooks and the opportunity to build a textbook from freely available chapters. Users must create an account to use Noba.

BC Campus OpenEd A collection of open textbooks from British Columbia, this site provides access to a variety of Psychology titles.

Videos and Supplemental Resources

Videos, animation, lectures, virtual labs, and other useful resources in Neuroscience. Videos range from 25 seconds to 7 minutes

The World of Abnormal Psychology AnnenbergLearner

One part of a video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners.

PBS Nova Body and Brain

Here, you will find articles, slide shows, stories, and so much more about the body and brain.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) BioInteractive Lectures