Finding OER

Open Licenses 

Updated Feb. 21, 2020

This list are of mostly curated, non-corporate hosted, free-range OER. If there is something that should be here and isn’t, please comment below.

BC Campus Open Ed (curated)
Search for OER on various topics and read faculty reviews.

Coursera (curated)
Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate.

Creative Commons Search
CC Search is a tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. Creative Commons, the nonprofit behind CC Search, is the maker of the CC licenses, used over 1.4 billion times to help creators share knowledge and creativity online.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

HSU Library OER Guides by Subject (curated)
This guide collects the best OER and organizes them by department. 

The HumBox Project (curated)
The HumBox website was created by the HumBox project. This project was part of a wider Open Educational Resources initiative funded by the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and the HEA, to showcase UK Higher Education by encouraging teachers within HE institutions to publish excellent teaching and learning resources openly on the web.

Khan Academy (curated)
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

The libraries are part of a huge network that provides not just single textbooks, but an infinitely large library on various subjects through which new texts can be developed & shared.

MERLOT (curated)
MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

The Noun Project
Over 2 Million curated icons, created by a global community.

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool for open educational resources (OER). OASIS currently searches open content from 52 different sources and contains 155,375 records. Use OASIS to discover quality, free open textbooks, courseware and more. 

OER Commons (curated)
Topics include: Education, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences & Technology, Mathematics & Statistics.

Open Learn (curated)
Free content from the Open University (UK).

Open Michigan (curated)
A collection of open educational resources (OER) from University of Michigan. Access a range of course materials, videos, lectures, student work and more.

OpenStax College (curated)
OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers.

Open SUNY Textbooks (curated)
Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants.

Open Textbook Library (curated)
The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network (University of Minnesota).

Open Washington (curated)
Open Educational Resources Network’s goal is to provide easy pathways for faculty to learn, find, use and apply OER.

OER by Discipline
The BC Campus Open Education OER by Discipline Guide lists a wide range of open educational resources organized by discipline.

Saylor Academy (curated)
Collection of PDF versions of textbooks on various topics. HTML versions are also available.

TED Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing (curated)
Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video.

Public Domain

Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Public Domain Review
The Public Domain Review is dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restrictions.

SUNY Guide to the Public Domain
The links in this Guide have all been selected on the basis of their providing content that you can use freely in your online courses. You do not need to get permission from the intellectual property owner, and you do not need to pay for them.

UCLA Guide to PD Image Resources
Links to a wide variety of public domain resources including other universities and museums.