Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources? What is Montana doing about textbook affordability? How do I get involved?

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Open Textbooks… you know, the traditional type.
Open Stax: Rice Connexions is providing peer reviewed, quality open textbooks. There are some amazing textbooks available here, but some are still in production.
Open Textbook Library: Hundreds of complete, open college-level textbooks.
Wikibooks: A project of the Wikimedia Foundation, this collection of group written textbooks in a variety of sources follows rules similar to Wikipedia.
Bloomsbury Academic: Bloomsbury is a well-respected and long time UK publisher who has released some of their academic titles for open access/open education.
BC OpenEd a curated collection of open textbooks, many reviewed by British Columbia faculty.
Open Academics: University of Minnesota collection of open textbooks with full reviews.
Project Gutenberg: Find the full text of classics and public domain works from the first massive ebook creating organization in existence. Nothing fancy here, just files with the full text.
LearningSpace from Open University: All of the learning materials presented on this site are CC licensed, but don’t confuse “Learning Spaces” with the full Open University- their licensing/copyrights are different.
Academic Earth: Find lectures and videos from some of the most respected instructors in the world.
Open Course Library: The WA Open Course Library project offers 81 of Washington’s most enrolled courses. There are a lot of great readings in these course files. Great community college content Saylor offers full courses online. It can be really helpful to use the reading lists from Saylor to find and organize your courses.
Open Courseware: An independent search engine that indexes open education classes from places like MIT, Yale and UMass.
Open Courses
Large Repositories…think massive collections of OER materials from around the world.
OER Commons: This resource seeks to collect and distribute a variety of OER at a variety of levels and subjects.
Connexions: Large repository of individual teachers’ content, some courses and lots of modular writings about a variety of topics.
Merlot: This repository is one of the biggest and more famous places to find and share teaching resources.
Open Culture: This blog formatted repository seeks to bring together free resources on culture and education. The list of movies here is impressive.
Free: The mission of Free is to make the learning resources of the US Government easier to find. There are over 1500 lessons, objects, and tools for teaching from the federal government located here.
AMSER: Materials in the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository are free for use and adaptation. Most resources are at the high school and community college levels.
Edsitement!: Learning objects and lessons from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It offers a large collection of peer evaluated websites, mostly focused on K12.
PhET Science Simulations: These interactive tools from the University of Colorado at Boulder are mostly CC licensed.
Digital Commons Network: an incredible collection of full-text scholarly articles published by colleges and universities worldwide.
Jamendo: Music by musicians who want to share their music.
Vimeo: A great place to find for a wide variety of video content. Variety of licenses too, some open for redistribution or open access.
Images: Creative Commons has the best search engine for image or other resources that are CC licensed.
Wikimedia Commons: The creators of Wikipedia bring together images, video and music that is openly licensed or in the public domain.
Ted: Inspiring and thought-provoking video lectures and interviews on a vast array of subjects, all CC licensed.
HippoCampus: HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education (MITE), is a collection of quality resources aimed at high school and college level students.
Media, Art, Images, and More…
State Repositories…find out what other faculty are teaching state by state.
Washington 45: top 45 quarter credits of general education courses and links to texts in Washington state.
OCW Utah: Open education course materials created by the University of Utah.
Open Oregon: Oregon Higher Ed list of resources by course.
The Orange Grove: Florida’s collection of open ed sources.
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