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Online Teaching Support: Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides links to helpful resources for online teaching and learning and will be updated frequently.
What are OERs

SPARC defines Open Educational Resources (OERs)  as teaching, learning and research resources, released under an open license, that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Categories of OER:

  • Open Format: Content is produced in open format with functionalities that allows for easy re-use.
  • Open License: Liberal licenses to enable re-use combine and re-purposing of content.

Materials that are under full copyright, or which are not accompanied by a specific license allowing anyone to copy, adapt and share them, are not Open Educational Resources. You can use these materials only within fair use provisions or copyright exceptions. As with all online content, be sure to read the License or Attribution or Rights section to determine licensing and use restrictions before you use any resource.

Play below videos for more:

 An Introduction to Open Educational Resources 

 3 Minute Teaching With Technology Tutorial - Open Educational Resources

MOM iconMason OER Metafinder (MOM)
Advanced Search

Searches more than 20 OER repositories simultaneously including OER Commons, OASIS, and MERLOT.

Find Resources by Type

OER by Discipline

The Google ‘advanced search’, Settings,  lets you search by ‘usage rights’ for content published to the Internet under an open license. 

See the "big list" for even more places to look for OER.

Open Text Books
Open Access Books


Courses  & Video Tutorials 

  • MIT YouTube Channel
  • Khan Academy
  • 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.
  • MOOCS Comparing MOOC Platforms
Open Course Ware

The OpenCourseWare (OCW) movement began in the United States with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002.  It is mostly focused on making the educational course materials that have been created by faculty available outside of the institution.   Materials can include syllabi,  written lectures, assignments, readings, videotaped lectures, and audio lectures.

This is not a complete list Ask a Librarian for other resources..

Large Repositories

Searching an OER Repository can result in a faster and more productive search experience since the resources have been curated and organized into various categories including discipline, format, and open license. Many repositories have either peer reviews or a rating scale where users have shared their perception or experience with the resource.

  • OER Commons: One of the largest OER repositories which covers multiple disciplines
  • OASIS: OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library. Searches content from over 117 different sources.
  • MERLOT: One of the biggest OER repositories. Use limiting options on the left side of results page.
  • OERTX  repository from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • OER Repositories (CCCOER)  a list of OER repositories.
  • Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities

OER Repositories & Platforms List

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Open Syllabus Explorer