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What are Open Educational Resources?
According to UNESCO, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions" (UNESCO, 2021, para. 1)
Links to OER Resources - some may require creating an account
California University MERLOT Collection
"...provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers."
"...global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools."
"An educators’ guide to open educational resources with information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, and sources for lesson plans and activities."
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
"...web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity."
"OER Project courses make sense of our world by connecting the past to the present with an eye toward the future. Everything is free, online, and totally adaptable to meet your students' individual needs."
Open Course Library from Washington State University
"A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download."
Open Education Resources Commons
"OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum."
"Free textbooks for students aren’t a compromise for educators. Each ancillary in our library of resources is complete and ready to use. Like our textbooks, our instructor resources are also openly licensed, allowing you to adapt them to fit yours and your needs and your student’s. "
"...a community project working collaboratively with the Free Culture Movement towards incremental development of open educational resources."
World Digital Library from the Library of Congress
"...contains cultural heritage materials gathered during the World Digital Library (WDL) project, including thousands of items contributed by partner organizations worldwide as well as content from Library of Congress collections."