Open Educational Resources Tutorials

This YouTube playlist contains tutorials for the OER resources listed on this page.

Southwest Tennessee Community College InfoNet Library –  The library has over 200 databases, 400,000 electronic books, 75,000 electronic journals, and over a million digital media items, including streaming music, audio, video, and image files available as OER.


Open educational resources are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or has been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed or shared with others.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
CCCOER promotes the awareness and adoption of open educational policies, practices, and resources. Its members share best practices through regular webinars, online advocacy events, and conferences; maintain an active community email list for current news, ideas, queries, and support; raise awareness of open education and its benefits; conduct workshops and presentations; and support the needs of students and faculty at colleges engaged in OER adoption for courses and full degree pathways.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons provides information and tools to give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. It includes a growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.

Lumen provides tools and services to support effective teaching and learning practices. Lumen’s affordable course materials are designed to strengthen learning using open educational resources. Lumen Circles Professional Development Programs offer professional development experiences that use virtual communities of practice to connect faculty members with peers and help them hone their expertise as student-centered teachers.

Directory of Open Access Books
DOAB is a discovery service for peer reviewed open access books and book publishers that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed books. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.

Video: OER Series #7 DOAB

EBSCO Faculty Select
EBSCO Faculty Select – Through EBSCO Faculty Select’s single interface, faculty can search and access quality open textbooks, Open Educational Resources (OER), and request access to unrestricted library e-books from top academic publishers. 

Video: OER Series #1 Faculty Select

Galileo Open Textbooks and Learning Materials
Galileo Open Textbooks brings together open educational resources throughout the University System of Georgia, including open textbooks and ancillary materials. Most works hosted in GALILEO Open Learning Materials have a Creative Commons license, allowing the reuse, redistribution, remix, and revision of these materials.

Video: OER Series #6 Galileo

Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. It provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

JSTOR Open is a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.

Mason OER Metafinder
Mason OER Metafinder simultaneous search across 22 different sources of open educational materials.

MERLOT lists more than 3,000 open textbooks, some of which have accessibility information for students with disabilities. The California State University System’s MERLOT collection is peer-reviewed and rated.

Video: OER Series #2 MERLOT & Open Stax

Milne Open Textbooks
Milne Open Textbooks contains published openly licensed educational material provided by State University of New York faculty. The work highlighted here have a variety of publishers, but are all: authored by a SUNY faculty member; full courses or texts to be used in a college-level course; original work, or a significant remix or adaptation of another open work; and licensed with a Creative Commons license, with no ND designation.

OAPEN: Online Library and Publication Format
OAPEN: Online Library and Publication Format supports open access policies of research funders and practitioners (research institutions, universities and their libraries).

OASIS: Openly Available Sources Integrated Search
(OASIS) A search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 113 different sources and contains 440,331 records.

Open Culture
Open Culture find thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies and more.

Open Education Resources Commons
OER Commons fully indexes instructional content from around the world. From a single point of access, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in a digital library of over 50,000 high-quality open educational resources. OER Commons also provides training and allows you to create and submit material for approval by the organization’s librarians.

Video: OER Series #5 OER Commons

Open Math Textbook
Open Math Textboox is a listing site for publicly available open textbooks, maintained by a teacher.

Open Textbook Library
Open textbooks are licensed by authors and publishers to be freely used and adapted. Download, edit and distribute them at no cost. This site is maintained by The Open Educational Network, a supportive community of over a thousand educational institutions that works together to make higher education more open.

Video: OER Series #4 Open Textbook Library

Pressbooks Directory
Pressbooks Directory searches over 2500 open textbooks and other free educational books.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is an online library of free eBooks. The focus is on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

Saylor Academy
Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative working since 2008 to offer free and open online courses to all who want to learn.

Teaching Commons
Teaching Commons is curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.

Tennessee Open Education Resources Hub
Tennessee Open Education Resources Hub exists to provide a platform for postsecondary instructors in Tennessee to develop and share openly licensed instructional resources that can be used to prioritize student learning and success. 

Textbook Revolution 
Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. This site includes links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.

Video: OER series #10 Textbook Revolution

Wiki Books
Wiki Books An open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit. There are 3,476 books and growing.

Directory of Open Access Journal
Directory of Open Access Journal is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Southern Spaces
Southern Spaces A peer-reviewed open-access academic journal that publishes articles, photo essays and images, presentations, and short videos about real and imagined spaces and places of the Southern United States and their connections to the wider world.

SpringerOpen offers researchers from all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences a place to publish open access in journals

LibriVox provides free public domain audiobooks. Its goal is to make all books in the public domain available, narrated by real people and distributed for free, in audio format on the internet.

Openverse is a searchable catalogue of free to use media with over 600 million images and audio files. 

Pixabay provides to over 1.9 million free high quality stock images, videos, and music shared by the Pixabay community.

Smithsonian Open Access
Smithsonian Open Access gives access to more than 4.4 million 2D and 3D digital items with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

Unsplash website claims over 265,000 contributing photographers and generates more than 16 billion photo impressions per month. 

Wikimedia A repository of open images, sound, videos and other media

Video: OER Series #8 InfoNet Media Collections

Video: OER Series #9 Locating Media on the Web


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