OER's are no cost materials that support teaching and learning. These include textbooks, interactive learning materials, quizzes, images, media, software, lab manuals, games, online lectures, and more.
Ideally, OER's offer legal permission allowing the “5R’s” to allow maximum educational flexibility: Users may Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix & Redistribute.
In addition to the major open educational resource collections highlighted in the middle column, locate OER's by using a search engine like Google or Bing. Just note that pinpointing vetted resources is more random in this method.
Locating OER on the Web:
open textbooks | education resources | open resources | lessons or lesson plans | courseware | introduction[topic word] | creative commons
Example: engineering open textbooks
Limit the Rights to "free to use, share, or modify, even commercially"
Developed by George Mason University, this metafinder simultaneously searches over a dozen OER sites and primary source repositories.
Note - The metafinder may be less precise than investigating specific OER repositories. Free searching the Web may also reveal additional quality OER options. Use the Advanced Search option on the metafinder to exclude archives such as Hathitrust if you need recently created materials.
“It’s about removing barriers and making sure that everyone has the opportunity to participate.” - Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education at SPARC
A major OER concern is the frequent lack of such supplementary materials as assessments, or support tools that assist with such activities as grading. Options to address these concerns include:
Free add-ons. Many of the OER repositories listed on this page will note if supplementary support materials have been added, and may also include the option to create and add your own for use by all.
Fee-based add-ons. Some OER suppliers, such as OpenStax, have partnerships, prominently offered, with companies and publishers that supply support tools and resources at reasonable costs.
What's the difference between Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources?
Wait. Sounds like there's cross-over in the two definitions.
Below are some large OA journal repositories. Note that much of the best content of these repositories is also integrated into Auraria Library databases and collections.