What is an Open Educational Resource (OER)?
"Open educational resources are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others.
OER may include everything from a single video or lesson plan to a complete online course or curriculum and also include the software platforms needed to create, change, and share the materials."
From Education Week
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
"The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a joint effort by individual community colleges, regional and statewide consortia, the Open Courseware Consortium, the American Association for Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and many other educational partners to develop and use open educational resources, open textbooks, and open courseware to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning. Follow us at our Blog and Twitter."
"OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library since scaled to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriers to learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed."
"panOpen is a platform that enables mainstream institutional adoption of Open Educational Resources as an alternative to commercial textbooks. We provide faculty with turnkey peer-reviewed content, tools for customization, assessment, and analytics, and a means of financially sustaining campus-based OER efforts, allowing faculty to lower costs and improve learning outcomes."
"MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community."
Open Textbook Library
"Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network."
California Open Online Library for Education
"The www.COOL4Ed.org website provides: A collection of Course Showcases where faculty, staff, and students can find free and open educational resources aligned with 52 CID courses; Over 70 teaching ePortfolios of faculty using free and open etextbooks/OER in their CCC, CSU, and UC courses; Comprehensive accessibility evaluations for every etextbook in the Course Showcase conducted by the CSULB Center for Usability in Design and Accessibilty; Easy-to-use handbooks for conducting your own accessibility evaluations are also provided; Easy discovery of almost 5,000 free and open etextbooks within a collection of over 70,000 free and open educational resources; Easy strategies to share the free and open educational resources with faculty, staff, and students."
MIT Open Courseware
"MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity."
"OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement."
"The OERu makes higher education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the OERu network of institutions offers free online courses for students worldwide. The OERu partners also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions."
The Open University
"The Open University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. Through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership we seek to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open learning."
World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.