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OER: Open Educational Resources

This guide on OER (Open Educational Resources) is designed to give FC faculty some basic information that will encourage the adoption and implementation of OER in their courses.


The library has a trial of FACULTY SELECT which consolidates OER from many different websites, such as OpenStax, along with the publisher's own EBSCO eBooks. You can limit to OER and more recent publication dates on the left-hand side of the search page. 

If you plan on using an EBSCO eBook for summer, please contact Jane Ishibashi,, because EBSCO will be removing over 4,500 eBooks from their collection due to changes in their permissions or recommendations by an advisory board to change titles for more recent or better quality eBooks. The other OER resources are fine, only the EBSCO eBooks might be removed and we have the option of purchasing a title that will be removed. The trial runs until June 30th.

Finding OER

Tools for Finding OER

Here are some useful websites for OER searching:

Compilation of Resources

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) The CCCOER  promotes the awareness and adoption of open educational policies, practices, and resources. The CCCOER has compiled a list of resources for finding OER.  Content on is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

COERLL: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning  The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (LRC's) funded by the U.S. Department of Education.COERLL's mission is to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OER) for the Internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). 

OER by Discipline Guide : A Reference of OER listed by Subject Area and Discipline edited by Josie Gray for BCcampus Open Education in British Columbia. Textbooks listed on the "Find Open Textbooks" pages above are not included in this guide. 


One Search Tool

George Mason University OER Metafinder  The OER Metafinder performs a simultaneous search across 18 different sources of open educational materials.   Because it is a real-time, federated search, it can take a bit longer than searches of pre-indexed, curated content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target.

Popular OER finding tools:

CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments : An Open Access Resource for Faculty and Librarians  It is intended to be a collaborative space for adapting and experimenting with OER research assignments and sharing the success or lessons learned so that others may benefit. The site contains multiple, reliable and reproducible research assignments that do not live as isolated entities, but are enhanced by user feedback in order to build a rich corpus of best practices. There is also a Teaching Toolkit featuring a wide range of resource types including pedagogy/theory, assessment, classroom activities, technology tips, subject guides, citation tools, and information literacy tutorials.

COOL4ED California Open Library for Education  The three State of California Higher Education Systems are working together to provide you easy access to quality FREE and OPEN eTextbooks that everyone and anyone can use for teaching and learning.

Find Open Textbooks A web site by BCcampus Open Education, a project started by the British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education, to make higher education more accessible by reducing student costs. 

OER Commons was created by ISKME, an independent, education nonprofit whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector. Established in 2002, ISKME conducts social science research, develops research-based innovations, and facilitates innovation that improves knowledge sharing in education. This group also has a curated OER Commons Collection

Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. The resources are compiled by the Center for Open Education ( at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.

OpenStax is a nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University. OpenStax publishes peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks that are free online.

MERLOT helps Higher Education Partners to:

  1. Improve the quality of online materials and pedagogy
  2. Reduce the costs of developing and integrating technologies into academic programs
  3. Increase the speed of quality online course creation
  4. Support the diverse needs of faculty across disciplines and across a wide range of readiness to use technology
  5. Pursue and acquire grants to achieve shared goals with MERLOT.

MERLOT started at CSU then expanded to included other educational partners.


(These may not be free OER audiovisuals.)

Legal Sources of Online Content    The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires all colleges and universities to offer legal alternatives to unauthorized downloading. The bullets on the page include legitimate online services that are approved by the Association of American Publishers. (AAP), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). No endorsement or evaluation is intended.

Watch It Legally from the Motion Picture Association. There are more than 140 platforms that offer legal access to movies and television shows anywhere, and on any device you want. The Motion Picture Association has compiled an aggregated list of services available to users in the United States. 

Why Music Matters was developed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Music Business Association (Music Biz) as a resource for music fans about the many authorized digital music models and services in today's marketplace.

OER by Discipline Guides from other Community Colleges

Mt. Sac OER by Subject guide

Leeward Community College OER Guide

San Bernardino Valley College OER by Discipline guide

Tidewater Community College OER by Discipline  provides useful links to open access educational resources

General OER Resource Sites

OER World Map Thinking about a sabbatical? This guide helps you locate OER projects, people, events, organizations, etc. around the world. (If you get an error message, change to a different internet browser.)

Low Cost (Not Free) OER

Lumen Learning course materials by discipline. Lumen Learning's mission is to create well-designed, lower cost OER course materials that replace expensive textbooks.

Discipline-specific Sources