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OER Websites and Search Tips
Instructors can find OER in a variety of resources. Most OER organizations or collaborations have a database or central list of resources that faculty have added. Some databases also feature annotations or faculty feedback. Additionally, many disciplines have their own OER websites. The list below is not comprehensive but can instead be used as a starting point for faculty doing interdisciplinary work or work in any discipline. Remember that not all of the learning materials in these repositories and sources are OER for modifying but most of the content is freely available under Fair Use and/or with attribution.
Resources across Disciplines and Formats
Community Contributed Open Educational Resources for Teaching and Learning in the COVID-19 Era
This spreadsheet is based on contributions from the open education community organized by CCCOER and Open Education Global to support educators, students, and their families in the transition to online and homebound schooling necessitated during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Browse purveyors and websites that host openly licensed materials. OER can range from open access textbooks, to lesson plans, to educational videos, to interactive websites, and more.
Virtual Lab Resources
Started by POD and LeighAnn Tomaswick, community contributed resources for open/free virtual simulations.
Open Research Library
The Open Research Library (ORL) is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books. This vital infrastructure is slated to comprise the most comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed Open Access books accessible for everyone.
OER Databases and Search Engines
Recorded Lectures & Video Tutorials Search
Modular Course Components
National Science Digital Library
Provides a robust search to limit by activity type, media format, and age level.
More advanced, specific science resources that are open and could be used in a classroom setting.
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Educational Repository
Funded by the NSF and organized by large LC headings.
The Chem Collective
Created by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon to help those teaching/ learning Chemistry.
Virtual Chem Course Resources
This is a set of resources for moving chemistry coursework online. Links/short descriptions of re-worked class plans, resources for students, how-tos for remote lecture/streaming/capture. It’s a work in progress, feel free to add links to materials. If something isn’t open access, even if it is very inexpensive, please note with ($).
Scitable by Nature Education
A free science library and personal learning tool. Currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology.
Organization dedicated to helping IT leaders and strategic leaders in education, specifically higher education.
Nursing and Allied Health
HEAL (Health Education Assets Library)
Images, videoclips, animations, presentations, and audio files that support healthcare education
Open Education Resources for Nursing
The Open RN project is funded by a $2.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Education to create 5 OER Nursing Textbooks with 25 associated Virtual Reality scenarios. The OER Nursing textbooks are written based on the State Nursing curriculum established by the Wisconsin Technical College System, and include: Pharmacology, Skills, Nursing Fundamentals, Mental Health & Community Concepts, and Management & Professional Concepts.
Tips for Searching OER:
- Use the advanced searching feature if there is one. This will save you some time and limit your search.
- Start with broad terms (ex. disease instead of cancer) and then narrow.
- As you narrow, think about disciplinary language. Is there something else this topic might be referred to as?
- If you still aren't getting good results, try to start with the browsing feature (even if it's very broad). Sometimes the term your searching isn't used but you still know it would be under a broad subject like "humanities" or "writing".
Also, see below for an infograpic which visualize the process of searching for OER.
*Note: this infographic was adapted and modified from the University of Texas at Austin's original infographic. For more information, see their Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning website.