Open Educational Resources Tutorials

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

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. 

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.
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OpenStax CNX serves millions of users per month in the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes. It has tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere, anytime.

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

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

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.

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