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Education: (OER) Free Resources

This guide highlights resources related to education.

101 Free Online Databases

Have you ever been writing a paper and while researching you come across an online journal database that claims to connect you to academic, peer-reviewed research?  Interested, you search for keywords related to your topic, only to discover that you must pay a subscription fee to access the service.

Subscription fees are often the annoyance of students and academics. Whether you're working on an undergraduate paper, a PhD dissertation, or a medical research study, we want to help you find tools to locate and access the information you need to produce well-researched, persuasive, and innovative writing.

Download Full List of 101 Databases

Open or Free Access

OER Resources 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.

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 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.

What can I do with OER?

Open content uses free license that grant users permission to:

Retain - Make, own, and control (download, duplicate, store, and manage)

Reuse - Use the content in a wide range of ways (in class, study group, website, video, anthology, in software)

Revise - Adapt, adjust, customize, or alter the content (translate, modify, reorganize, change formats)

Remix - Combine original or revised content with other material to create something new (mashup, anthology, package)

Redistribute - Share copies of the original content, your revisions or remixes (share publicly online, give a copy to a friend)

See also: Best practices for attribution of Creative Commons licensed works

This material is based on original work by David Wiley, and you can download, edit, and share the original for free under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license from: http://www.opencontent.org/definition