Finding OER to Use in Your Courses

There is a multitude of OER to choose from, ranging from full textbooks and courses, multimedia resources, and primary sources. 

Video: How to Find and Evaluate OER

Four easy steps to look for open content:

  1. Identify keywords related to your course and its learning outcomes and/or objectives.
  2. Search OER repositories for relevant resources.
  3. Review the resources you’ve located for fit, currency and accessibility.
  4. Reflect on the materials you have located.

Aggregated OER Collections

  • ASCCC OERI Discipline Repository: Resource summaries by Discipline and TMC
  • Cool4ED – California Open Online Library for Education initiative, which aggregates searches across several collections, including SkillsCommons for free workforce development resources.
  • OASIS – Allows search for OER from hundreds of sources. It was developed by SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library.
  • MERLOT – Provides access to thousands of discipline-specific learning materials contributed by the member community.
  • Open Oregon – Aggregates proprietary and openly licensed materials by course name, institution, and instructor information. 
  • OER Commons – A public library of OER with tools for content authoring & remixing. It also provides collaborative workspaces for creating, curating, and discussing OER.
  • LibreTexts – Comprehensive textbook library allows for curation and creation of Open textbooks and resources 

Open Media Collections

Open Data Collections

  • – Comprises U.S. federal data with links to U.S. states, cities and counties with web sites that
  • provide open data.
  • World Bank Open Data – Global development data that is free and openly licensed.   
  • PLOS – Science and medicine research articles with images, figures, tables and graphs, all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license that allows for adaptations and derivatives.

Open Textbooks                       

  • Open SUNY Textbooks – State University of New York’s collection of faculty authored and peer-reviewed open textbooks.
  • OpenStax Textbooks – AP-level open textbooks spanning multiple subjects that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators.
  • Open Textbook Library (UMN) – A peer-reviewed collection of hundreds of open textbooks spanning multiple subjects. All textbooks are quality reviewed by faculty from a variety of institutions.

Using OER to Build your Course

Free OER Authoring Tools 

  • LibreTexts –  Offers the ability to build, remix and import into an LMS or print on demand 
  • MERLOT’s Content Builder – Access templates for creating tailored websites with a variety of designs, including e-portfolio structures, lesson plans, online courses, and others.
  • OERPub’s Textbook Editor – Create textbooks from scratch using this simple editing tool.
  • OpenAuthor – Bring in and adapt your own resources, as well as resources from its affiliated OER Commons library, to create new or remixed OER.
  • OpenStax Hub – Adapt, remix, and localize OpenStax textbooks.
  • TED-Ed Content Builder Tool – Add TED videos to a lesson builder template, and supplement the video with questions and additional content.
  • Rebus Open Textbook Community – Develop open textbooks with a community of creators. 
  • WikiBooks – Access wiki-based adaptable open textbooks and create new wiki textbooks.

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