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Open Educational Resources (OER) Defined

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use without charge.  For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

Open Educational Resources

    More than 44,000 open educational courses & resources in a shared, curated, online repository. Many of these resources have been peer-reviewed. MERLOT II went live in early 2014. The organization now uses the Quality Matters online educational rubric to ensure quality in the materials that are posted to MERLOT.
  • OER Commons
    "OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement."
  • Open Courseware (MIT)
    MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
  • Open Course Library
    Funded by the Gates Foundation & the Washington State legislature & managed by that state's Board of Community & Technical Colleges, this library of courses were designed to help reduce costs of educational materials for higher education students while retaining the highest possible quality of those resources.
  • Open Courseware Consortium  
    The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education globally.
  • Open Courses from Lumen Learning
    Lumen Learning supports faculty as they identify and select high quality OER, align these to learning outcomes, and assemble them to make high quality OER-based courses. We then provide free access to these openly licensed courses to the education community.
  • Open Education Initiative at UMASS Amherst Report (PDF)
  • OpenStax CNX
    Open educational resources in small modules, including open textbooks. Supported by William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 20 Million Minds Foundation, Maxfield Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Rice University. Powered by OpenStax CNX
  • Open Textbook Library
    University of Minnesota's library of openly-licensed textbooks. Site provides reviews of resources.
  • P2PU
    Peer-to-Peer University is a set of online courses that are created by anyone who wants to contribute to them and can be taken for free by anyone. Their tagline is "LEARNING BY EVERYONE. FOR EVERYONE. ABOUT ALMOST ANYTHING. COMPLETELY FREE"
  • Tidewater Community College
    Open educational resources for underclassman courses, including journals, textbooks and courseware.

TEDX-NYED Talk by David Wiley on "Open" in Education

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See also: Open Access

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