OER's are free and very low 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 they carry legal permission allowing the “5R’s” to allow maximum educational flexibility: Users may Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix & Redistribute.
In addition to major open educational resource collections, such as Merlot and OER Commons, highlighted in the box below, locate OER's by using a search engine such as Bing or Google. A drawback to this method? Pinpointing vetted resources is more random.
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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 below 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 sites, such as OpenStax, have partnerships, prominently offered, with companies and publishers that supply support resources and tools.
Hover over the title for more information on each site. A few offer wholly no-cost downloads and others offer a mix of fee and free.
Use the sites below to see pricing and availability of the latest and previous editions of textbooks in printed or digital editions. This can help inform textbook adoption decisions. Rental options, for both full books and chapters, are also shown.
See these sections in the Video and Streaming Media Guide linked above:
Representative free videos sites, in addition to YouTube, include:
Some sites offering full, free courses:
What's the difference between Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources?
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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.