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Honors College: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Resources to assist you in maximizing your college experience

What are OER?



Definition provided by OER Commons:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner.  Examples of OER are: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations and resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.


UNESCO: What are Open Educational Resources?

Wikipedia: Massive Open Online Course

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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.

Students Talk about the Costs of Textbooks-- Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) ×

Search for a Course

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 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.
  • Webcast.Berkeley
    UC Berkeley's central service for online video & audio for students and learners around the globe.