Open Educational Resource Links

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license, which allows anyone to copy, use, adapt and re-share them legally and freely. OERs can include textbooks, courses, syllabi, lectures and notes, assessments and projects, and multimedia.


Why use Open Educational Resources (OER)?

The driving reason for using Open Educational Resources (OER) is saving on development costs and costs to the student. Using OERs provides access to better quality choices through gathering more contributors. Education resources are open to the whole international community, which shares best practices, research, and increases availability of educational material to a wider audience. OER use allows faculty to incorporate resources that add educational value and enhance the student’s learning experience.


How to incorporate OER resources?

An OER should be used when it meets the learning objective and provides educational value.  In essence, it should be used just like any other resource. For example, your presentation would be even better if you added an image that diagrammed the concept you were lecturing about, but you are limited by time and resources.  Searching an OER repository for an image that meets your needs can save your valuable time and resources and provide the visual explanation to drive your point home. Stalled out on activity ideas or assessment questions? OERs can provide you with a plethora of those resources as well because OER is a global education initiative.


OER is largely licensed under Creative Commons. For specific information on Creative Commons licensing options, visit All licenses require attribution (e.g. credit, link to license, and indication of changes (if applicable)) unless claiming Fair Use for education. Note: attribution can be satisfied by providing a link to where attribution information can be found. For attribution examples and best practices, visit


For a more indepth look at Open Educational Resources, please consider enrolling in the open online course, How to use Open Educational Resources (Public Edition), presented by Boyoung Chae, Ph.D., Policy Associate, Open Education and eLearning, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.


Creative Commons Attribution Best Practices

The links below contain information on how to appropriately attribute OER materials and best practices for building attributions for your own materials.


Public Domain Images

These can be freely used without attribution, even for commercial purposes:

OER Repositories

Listed below are OER repositories that curate a variety of open materials (e.g. videos, images, and textbooks) that can be filtered by condition of use or license type.


Course/Lesson Collections

Open course and lesson collections that contain videos and activities on a wide range of subjects.  Some allow for college or professional development credits for a small fee.

Khan Academy

  • Video lessons in a multitude of subjects
  • Look under partner content for even more videos


  • Art history videos and essays
  • Videos now a part of Khan Academy


  • Access to high quality, free online courses
  • Partnerships with major academic institutions
  • Blended, peer-learning, and mastery-driven course components


  • Lesson videos stream in small chunks with occasional interactions
  • Creating a login is required for full access
  • Courses have downloadable materials: videos (with CC), notes, scripts, etc.
  • Limited subjects

Saylor University

  • Courses created entirely of OER
  • Provides license info for each resource


  • Vast, curated collection of resources by subject or category
  • Mostly free however some are low-cost


  • Collection of open Canvas courses built with OER

Open Academy

  • Courses compiled from open lectures
  • About 70% can be freely used, check for the CC conditions on each video

Open Course Library

  • Shareable course materials (e.g. syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments)
  • Follows the Quality Matters (QM) standards

World Science U

  • Requires registration
  • Quick answers to science questions
  • Access to full university courses
  • Explore topics with world-renowned scientists

MIT OpenCourseWare

  • MIT’s subject materials are available online through Open Courseware

My Open Math

  • Allows adoption an open textbook
  • Interactive exercises with immediate feedback
  • Practice and improve math skills

The Habitable Planet

  • Comprehensive site for environmental science

Open Assembly

  • Free self-paced courses and content
  • Create, remix, or adapt courses for your own teaching and learning

Youtube Channels

Embed some of these Creative Commons videos. Or create your own playlist with a variety of videos. For instructions on how to build your own playlist to embed into an LMS visit:



  • Sizable, fast-paced lessons
  • Extensive selection of subjects
  • Tone is very informal, frequent jokes

Bozeman Science

  • Playlists for lot’s of science courses


  • Short, first person style explorations
  • Math and science themes


  • Short science animations

Open Textbooks

Openstax Textbooks

  • Available through web, PDF, and EPUB for mobile
  • Can download whole book or individual modules
  • Content is customizable

Saylor Bookshelf

  • Download, read, and share textbooks
  • Adopt, adapt, and extend textbooks

Open Textbooks

  • Open textbooks by subject
  • Peer and accessibility reviewed
  • Searches multiple OER repositories


  • Download free ebooks and textbooks

Open Assembly

  • Free self-paced courses and content
  • Create, remix, or adapt courses
  • Collaborate with peers and colleagues
  • Build groups and communities
  • Share knowledge openly


Phet: Interactive Simulations

  • Download or embed simulations into your online course
  • STEM related topics
  • HTML5 compatible

Class Activities


  • Search materials submitted by others
  • Access to a collection of resources and information about specific activities
  • Contribute to data on college-level teaching practices across academic disciplines

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