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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.

Finding OER

Tools for Finding OER

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:

Compilation of Resources

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).

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 (open@umn.edu) 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:

  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.

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

Discipline-specific Resources:

American Institute of Mathematics Approved Textbooks  All the books meet the evaluation criteria set by the AIM editorial board.

Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER)

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. 

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.