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Open Educational Resources for Teachers: Home

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others. UNESCO Recommendation on OER (2019)


What can you do with OER?

  • Retain: download & save
  • Revise: reuse with adjustment
  • Remix: reorder, make a mashup
  • Reuse: use original, revised or remixed copy
  • Redistribute: share, repost

​See a more detailed overview at 5 R's framework by David Wiley

Examples of OER: openly licensed textbooks, articles, curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video, animation,
MOOCs, e-modules, courseware, etc.

OER Repositories

Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA) 
For teachers and librarians. Contains resources/assignments dealing with finding, retrieving, analyzing, evaluating, using, integrating, or organizing information in order to produce new knowledge. Also includes assignments on literature reviews and fake news.

Large repository of individual teachers' content – contains some courses and modular writings about a variety of topics.

Learning objects and lessons from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Contains a large collection of peer-evaluated websites.


Open Books and Textbooks

OpenStax College
Contains peer reviewed, quality open textbooks with interactive components. There are some amazing textbooks available here, with more in production.

College Open Textbooks
This effort, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, seeks to drive adoption of open textbooks. Many of the books shared on this resources are reviewed.

Open Textbook Library
Hundreds of complete, open, college-level textbooks collected by the University of Minnesota.


Open MOOCs / Open Courses

Academic Earth
Lectures and videos from some of the most respected instructors in the world.

Bridge to Success
Materials, mostly study skills, to support students transitioning to college.

Large library of MOOCs, some of which have material freely licensed for re-use.

Library of college-level courses from a variety of high-profile universities. Some course materials are freely licensed for reuse.