Adopting Open Educational Resources

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Open Textbook Library , created and maintained by the Open Textbook Network from the Unversity of Minnesota, helps colleges and universities advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.

Global Text Project  publishes open content electronic textbooks that are freely available from this website.  We focus on content development and Web distribution, and we will work with relevant authorities to facilitate dissemination by other means when bandwidth is unavailable or inadequate. The goal is to make textbooks available to the many who cannot afford them. (This site has some navigational challenges).

Galileo Open Learning Materials, (from University of Georgia), GALILEO Open Learning Materials brings together open educational resources throughout the University System of Georgia, including open textbooks and ancillary materials.

Open Stax CNX, a non-profit digital ecosystem from Rice University, containing tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable.

MERLOT a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.Center for Open Education, University of Minnesota.

OER Commons,  a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.

Open Textbooks, SUNY, a no-nonsense service to provide OER from State University of New York, these textbooks are free and open to all institutions. Browse available titles or the SUNY catalog to find learning materials suitable for your courses. You can link to our page, or you can upload the PDF or ebook in your LMS.

Open Introstarted with one goal in mind: create a free and open-source introductory textbook. The link is to an introductory Statistics textbook. The site also hosts videos and labs.

Open Course Library, 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. 

College Open Textbooks The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.

CUNY Academic Works, The Open Educational Resources series, from City University of New York collects instructional materials -- from textbooks to syllabi -- by the faculty of the City University of New York. To find works from a specific college or school, browse by Colleges, Schools, Centers.

Open Stax Textbookspeer-reviewed, free to use textbooks mainly for large gateway courses. From Rice University.

BC Campus OpenED  supports the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia as they adapt and evolve their teaching and learning practices to enable powerful learning opportunities for the students of B.C. The site hosts links to open textbooks and assist in adopting and adapting the content.

NOBA, psychology texts and modules which can be adapted according to need.

Lumen Learningco-founded by open-education visionary Dr. David Wiley and education-technology strategist Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning is dedicated to facilitating broad, successful adoption of OER. The site contains a list of available texts.

The Orange GroveFlorida's open educational repository.

Open Textbooks Store, except it is not a store but a free, open repository of Math texts collected by the state of Washington.

Compendiums of Courses, Multimedia

Open Culture, free cultural and educational media. May offer text alternatives or ways to enrich a textbook-free course.

Open Yale Courses, provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

JHSPH, Johns Hopkins courseware, specifically for public health courses

EdX, founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

Standford Engineering Everywhere, (SEE), expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online and at no charge. The SEE course portfolio includes one of Stanford's most popular sequences: the three-course Introduction to Computer Science, taken by the majority of Stanford’s undergraduates, as well as more advanced courses in artificial intelligence and electrical engineering.

MIT Open Courseware “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” (Dick K.P. Yue, Professor, MIT School of Engineering)

Open Learning Initiative, (Carnegie Mellon) offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education.

CCSearch links to media sites filtered for CC licenses (such as flickr). Please note that is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.

Open Education Consortiuma global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations supporting an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide. Includes help with adopting open texts.

Saylor Academy, a nonprofit initiative working since 2008 to offer free and open online courses to all who want to learn. They offer nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each of which is available right now — at your pace, on your schedule, and free of cost. The site includes a list of courses searchable by topic.

SPARC  (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education. As a catalyst for action, SPARC focuses on collaborating with other stakeholders—including authors, publishers, libraries, students, funders, policymakers and the public—to build on the opportunities created by the Internet, promoting changes to both infrastructure and culture needed to make open the default for research and education.