Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are OER?

  • Free teaching and learning materials
  • In the public domain or licensed for free use and reuse
  • Accessible online or low-cost print-on-demand (in the case of OER textbooks)
  • More than just textbooks! Includes videos, games, assessments, handouts, etc. 
  • OER Basics presentation from OER Day @ COCC by Amy Hofer, OER State Coordinator

Where can I learn more?

BCcampus Open Ed: Adopting Open Textbooks
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)
Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching (e-book)
Open Educational Resources: The Basics

How can I find and use OER?

Multidisciplinary Search Tools

Courses
Open Course Library (from Washington State)
Open Learn University
Peer 2 Peer (P2P) University
Textbooks
BCcampus Open Textbook Repository 
COOL4Ed
OpenStax College
Open SUNY Textbooks
Open Textbook Library
Wikibooks
Videos, Images, and Multimedia
CC Search
Khan Academy
TED-Ed
Multiple Material Types
MERLOT
OER Commons
Open Oregon Z-Degree

Discipline-Specific OER

CTE
Skills Commons (OER for CTE)

Foreign Languages
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (from the University of Texas - Austin)

Health
JHSPH Open (John Hopkins School of Public Health)

History
American Yawp

Humanities
EDSITEment! (from the National Endowment for the Humanities)

Math
American Institute of Math's Approved Textbooks
Mathispower4u
MyOpenMath
OpenIntro.org (Statistics)

Psychology
Noba Project

Sciences
Cell Image Library
National Science Digital Laboratory
PhET Interactive Simulations (from the University of Colorado - Boulder)

What's going on with OER in Oregon?

Openoregon.org
Open Oregon State
PDXScholar Open Access Textbooks

Open Education & the Future: David Wiley at TEDxNYED

Knowledge Belongs to Everyone: David Ernst at TEDxKyoto 2012