While there is no one centralized source for finding OER for your courses, there are numerous sites to start your search. Here are some useful websites:
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI) is to reduce the cost of educational resources for students by expanding the availability and adoption of high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER). OERI facilitates and coordinates the curation and development of OER texts, ancillaries, and support systems. (Lots of informative information, but not user-friendly. No obvious links to OER texts.)
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 www.cccoer.org is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
OER Additional Resources and Free Tools maintained by Claudia Acosta, Instructional Designer at Cal State University Fullerton. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
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.
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 (email@example.com) at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.
OpenStax is a nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University.
MERLOT helps Higher Education Partners to:
MERLOT started at CSU then expanded to included other educational partners.
Mt. Sac OER by Subject guide
Tidewater Community College OER by Discipline provides useful links to open access educational resources
American Institute of Mathematics Approved Textbooks All the books meet the evaluation criteria set by the AIM editorial board.
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.
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.)
Lumen Learning course materials by discipline. Lumen Learning's mission is to create well-designed, lower cost OER course materials that replace expensive textbooks.