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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and more. This Guide provides information on using OERs in your courses, tools to locate OERs by type and topic.

How to Find OER

There are many ways to begin your search for OER.  This section provides general resources where you can start a broad search for textbooks, supplemental materials, classroom activities, and more across multiple disciplines.

  • Search Tools: These are general searching tools that pull results from many different sources.  Each tool has its own specific focus and searches different sources.  See the descriptions on each tool drop-down for more information.
  • Interdisciplinary Collections: Like the search tools, these are collections that span multiple different subject areas.  These collections are listed under each tab by the main type of resource they contain.‚Äč

To start looking at more specific resources, see the Subject-Specific Searching tab.

Search Tools

Open Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is maintained and developed by the Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo. It searches almost 100 sources and over 350,000 records in one place. You can look by item type, subject, or simply use the search box to begin.

The Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) is a real-time search engine of 21 different open educational resource repositories to provide the most up-to-date results possible. MOM also searches large public domain repositories to find vaulable free resources not commonly found in OER repositories. MOM is maintained and developed by George Mason University.

MOM iconMason OER Metafinder (MOM)
 
Advanced Search

OER Commons is a repository that supports finding, creating, and revising open educational resources for all education levels. The discovery tool allows you to search by subject and level, as well as browse curated subject collections. OER Commons has materials that support commonly used open textbooks such as OpenStax.

OER Commons Search

MERLOT began in 1997 as a way for educators to find learning objects to support student learning. Since then it has grown into one of the largest respoitories for learning objects of all kinds, for all levels of education. MERLOT also has reviews to help users select useful resources.

MERLOT SmartSearch

Interdisciplinary Collections

Open courses, also known as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), are free for anyone to enroll in.  They are a great way to learn new skills and explore new interests, and have been created by many universities and colleges including Embry-Riddle.  Their materials may or may not be available to use or adapt, depending on how the creators chose to license them.

Open Courseware, championed by MIT in the early 2000s, are openly licensed or available course materials.  They can be useful in thinking through how to structure a course, or for finding assignments and activities that can be adapted.