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Open Education Resources (OER) - Faculty Tools

Other Open Networks for Materials

OASIS - Find OER by Discipline Searches 52 different sources. From SUNY Geneseo. Read about this project here.

Digital Commons Network The largest repository of scholarly works from higher education institutions. Over two million works from over 400 institutions.

Merlot - A free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with assignments and comments to enhance the teaching experience of an exercise. From the California State University system.

OER Commons This digital hub created by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education offers 73,000 kinds of OER, along with tools for creating OER, training on how to use OER and the ability to create OER "Commons" — groups that share resources for a given purpose.

The Open Course LibraryThe Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Some of our materials (also called open educational resources, or OER) are paired with low cost textbooks ($30 or less). Many of the courses can be taught at no cost to students. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.OCL courses and materials have undergone testing for accessibility and have been designed using the industry-standard Quality Matters (QM) rubric for assessing the quality of online courses. 

Open Learning Initiative (Carnegie Melon University) -  Courses trusted globally as textbook replacements or as supplemental material. Course materials for instructors with student interface set up at a low cost per student. 

OpenStax CNX - Also and initiative of Rice University, OpenStax CNX is the technology platform supporting OpenStax and provides the tools to customize content.

SPARC - Open Education - Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.

The foundation of Open Education is Open Educational Resources (OER), which are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials.