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OER | Open Educational Resources

This guide is intended to help faculty and students at Lane Community College learn about OER, re-purpose existing content, and create new resources to share. OER includes free textbooks, online tutorials, and open media that is free of cost or low cost.

Open Courses, Lectures and Materials

Academic Earth |
Free online lectures from universities such as Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. Subjects include: astronomy, earth sciences, computer science, economics, English, history, mathematics, medicine, and social sciences.

A blog on course materials, innovation, and technology in education.

edX |
Freely available online course lectures from prominent universities, including UC Berkeley and MIT, among others.

Flat World Knowledge |
Provides a new approach to college textbooks offering rigorously reviewed textbooks online free of cost to students.

Free Technology Academy |
FTA is a virtual campus with course modules that can be followed entirely online. Learners enrolled in the FTA will be guided by professional teaching staff from the participating universities around the world.

Internet Archive: OERs |
Provided by the Internet Archive library, hundreds of free courses, lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China. Many of these lectures are available for download.

Khan Academy |
An online collection of thousands of video tutorials on subjects such as mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, and art history.

Mendeley |
Organize, share, and discover research papers. Explore research trends and connect to other academics in your discipline.

Notre Dame Open Courseware |
An open access portal to University of Notre Dame material used in courses.

Open Courseware Consortium |
Free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses, from more than 200 higher education institutions and organizations from around the world.

Open Yale |
A freely accessible, online collection of courseware from Yale University. Lectures and course material available through YouTube and iTunes; no registration required.

OER Blogs |
OER Blogs is attempting to unite the world of Open Educational Resources.

Pimsleur Language Learning |
Great resource for learning Spanish, French, Arabic, German, and other languages.

WikiBooks |
An online wiki-based collection of over two thousand open-content textbooks. Fully editable, published under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Wikipedia |
This well-know encyclopedia is both created collaboratively and open source. Available in multiple languages.

Wikiversity |
Another wiki-based resource containing thousands of open educational resources on the university level.

Wolfram|Alpha |
A free online computational knowledge engine. Highly useful for complex queries, high level mathematical computation, and statistical comparisons.

World Digital Library |
Primary materials from countries and cultures around the world, made available online free of charge.

Exploring OER

Bookstore and cafe, South Korea. Photo by Nathan Cooke. Flickr Commons.