Finding Open Educational Resources
Reusing existing educational resources (Open Educational Resources) can save significant time and effort.
Washington State Faculty Created
The Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials – including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments – in 81 high-enrollment college courses from Washington State. This is a high-quality, affordable option that will cost students no more than $30 for textbooks. All materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license unless otherwise noted.
General OER Collections
OER Commons provides a single point of access through which educators and learners can search across collections to access over 30,000 items. These resources are publicly available for all to use principally through Creative Commons licensing.
MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources and collections of peer reviewed online learning materials
Wikiversity is devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
Saylor.org is an open collection of college level courses developed by a team of experienced college professors to fulfill the same learning objectives as traditional college courses. Courses are licensed using Creative Commons.
Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative that publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources.
Open Textbook Library is a tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed.
OpenStax textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of courses.
Creative Commons Search
Best tool to find resources that you can share, use, and remix.
Video, live music, audio, texts and much more. This is a treasure trove of re-usable materials.
Google Advanced Search
Scroll down and set “usage rights” parameters to be “Free to use, share, or modify”.
Photos & Images
Openly licensed image files.
Bing Image Search
On search result page, chose the License drop down to pick openly licensed works
Audio & Music
Internet Archive – Audio Archive
Great collection of audio including animal sounds, old time radio shows, sound effects and even music.
Type in your search term followed by a comma and then “creativecommons” to find their openly licensed material. Great spots for recorded lectures including material from:
Internet Archive Movies
Great collection of old video and movie footage. Looking for old cartoons, sports videos, ephemeral films, news footage.
Educational. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
Easily find Creative Commons licensed videos. Use their advance filter on the side of your search results.
More Open Content options
The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.
Digital Public Library America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
Encyclopedia of Life
An online collaborative encyclopedia providing global access to knowledge about biological life on earth. All content on EOL is licensed under Creative Commons (CC) licenses.
Provides access to the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections including paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects. Not all the works are openly licensed so be sure to check for usage rights.
Provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical and scientific phenomena.