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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed teaching and learning materials available for use and reuse without charge. These resources can be downloaded and shared with students or be repurposed to create new resources. OER include digital textbooks, streaming videos, course materials, software, and many other resources that provide access to knowledge. Faculty can use OER to enhance their online courses and complement materials that they have created.

Highlighted Open Education Resources

Open Courseware Consortium
Through this one website, you can search for course materials by category, language, and institution from hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations worldwide that are committed to advancing open education. 

Merlot
A curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development artifacts and services contributed by the international education community and available for use by educators.

OER Commons
A varied collection of Open Educational Resources made available through a single point of access. Users can search over 42,000 vetted and fully-indexed OER, ensuring a high level of resource relevancy and discovery.

openstax CNX
Rice University's OER repository contains tens of thousands of learning objects that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device.

MIT OpenCourseWare
The OpenCourseWare site includes video lectures, presentations, and course materials drawn from MIT's standard curriculum.

Ted Talks
​A nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). Ted Talks cover a multitude of topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Academic Earth
An interactive web-based platform designed to allow users to actively engage with free online educational resources from the world’s top universities. Academic Earth provides a comprehensive collection of free online college courses and an ongoing series of original videos.

National Science Digital Library
This resource provides high-quality online educational resources for teaching and learning. The emphasis is on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines—both formal and informal from institutional and individual settings. Most resources in the library adhere to principles of Open Educational Resource (OER) access.