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Open Education Resources

About this guide

Thank you to Lindsey Gumb of Roger Williams University who authored the guide which was the basis for this guide, and to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Libraries which maintains a guide on teaching and learning with open education resources.

Search for OER and Open Textbooks

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Search OER Commons, a repository of OER textbooks, activities, video, images, case studies, etc. Search by keyword, subject, material type, and education level.   Search the Open Textbook's Library's growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. Explore the library's books to see if an open textbook fits your course's and students' needs.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks come in a variety of downloadable formats (PDF, ePub, .xml, .docx) and can be printed and bound inexpensively for students preferring a hard copy. The open licenses attached to these books give faculty the freedom to pick and choose the parts of a book(s) that they feel will best help students achieve the course learning outcomes.

BC Open Textbook Project: Open textbooks organized by discipline. Run by the University of British Columbia, BC.

College Open Textbooks: Aggregation site with a focus on trying to develop better peer review of OERs. Search by subject, reviews and accessibility. Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Directory of Open Access Books: Thousands of books from hundreds of publishers.

Libre Texts Chemistry: Course textbooks and supplemental learning resources. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education's Open Textbook Pilot Program.

Merlot: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching.Tens of thousands of learning modules, tutorials, readings, videos, textbooks, etc., all available (check licensing) for educational use.

OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search): Open content from 64 different sources and contains over 160,000 records. Content includes textbooks, simulations, books, course materials, modules, and audiobooks.

OER Commons: Repository of OER materials including textbooks, activities, video, images, case studies, etc. Browse by Subject/Discipline or Material Type.

Open Textbook Library: Most of the content has been peer-reviewed. Run by the Open Textbook Network, an organization of more than 600 higher education institutions. 

OpenStax: Peer-reviewed, openly licensed collection of heavily adopted textbooks in introductory level courses. Rice University initiative funded in part by Gates, Hewlett, NSF, and Google.