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Open Educational Resources (OER)

According to UNESCO, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.” For your convenience, the library has provided the following links to collections of OERs that you may want to adopt for use in your courses.

If you have questions about OERs, please contact Ms. Amy Castillo, Periodicals and E-Resouces Librarian, or 254-968-9868.

This page contains links to web sites outside of Tarleton. Tarleton has no control over, and is not responsible for, the content found on external sites.

General OER

  • BC Campus Open Ed: List of open text books organized by subject. Notes whether the textbook has been faculty reviewed, adopted in for a class, and includes ancillary resources.
  • Book Boon: Free, downloadable text books organized by subject. Must provide an email address to download books.
  • California State University – San Marcos OER Search: Guide to using OERs, search engine for OERs and lists of OER resources.
  • College Open Text Books: Lists of open text books by subject. Includes peer and accessibility reviews of open textbooks.
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources: Collection of sites that provide access to OERs.
  • COOL4Ed: Gives suggestions for peer-reviewed open text books for specific courses.
  • Directory of Open Access Books (doab): Contains over 5000 open access academic books.
  • Educause OER Resources List: Collection of resources related to open educational resources in higher education.
  • Edutopia Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup: Educator's guide to open educational resources. Includes online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.
  • Grand Valley State University Open Educational Materials: OERs written by the faculty of Grand Valley State University.
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library: Offers digitized public domain books from academic and research institutions.
  • The Internet Archive (archive.org): Search engine for dozens of collections from libraries, government agencies and more from around the world.
  • Khan Academy: Supplemental courses, lessons and test practice.
  • MERLOT II: Curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed to and used by educators from around the world.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW): Materials used in courses at MIT, freely available on the web.
  • National Academies Press: Books published by the National Science Academy on a variety of topics. Most books are available for free PDF download.
  • OER Commons: Curated collection of open educational resources. Includes tools for building your own modules based on OERs.
  • Open Course Library: Collection of free, high-quality course materials that you can download and remix for your own courses.
  • Open.Michigan: University of Michigan initiative that shares open educational resources created by its faculty.
  • OpenStax: Peer-reviewed open textbooks and digital resources.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks: Open access publishing initiative from the State University of New York. Publishes high-quality OERs written and reviewed by SUNY faculty.
  • Open Textbook Library: Collection of open textbooks. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. Includes reviews from faculty.
  • Open Washington: Learn how to use OERs, and find OER materials.
  • PDXOpen: Open text books published by Portland State University Library and written by Portland State University faculty.
  • Teaching Commons: Curated, high-quality open educational resources from colleges and universities around the world.
  • WikiEducator: Community for collaborating on the development and use of open educational resources.
  • World Digital Library: Library of Congress project that brings together open access, primary source material from all over the world.

Business OER

Education OER

  • MERLOT Education Collections: Organized by sub-topic, provides links into Education open educational resources listed in MERLOT.
  • NOBA: Open text books and course modules for teaching Psychology.

Fine Arts OER

Humanities and Social Sciences OER

Mathematics OER

Science & Technology OER