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Open Educational Resources

Last updated November 05, 2020
Open Educational Resources are any resources available online for use in the delivery of educational content.  OERs can range from freely available articles and informational/educational websites to entire textbooks that are available for students to access for free.  This page lists a number of different content sites and repositories for OERs.


Royalty-Free Images

Using appropriately licensed images is an important practice in digital learning.  Below is a list of several sites where images are royalty-free and can be used (with appropriate attribution) in your courses.

Carnegie Mellon (OLI)

Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a series of free online courses that can be used to help deliver material to students.  Courses cover many typical introductory level coursework including biology, chemistry, psychology, statistics, and some languages. Instructors have the option to set up courses and monitor student progress.  There are student fees for some courses if this option is used by the instructor.


Archive of a number of cameras from around the world. Allows for a real-time view of different places on Earth. Includes camera from a number of National Park Service lovcations and iconic landmarks.

Google Arts and Culture

A visual arts resource available for students of all ages.


Along with being a mechanism to deliver your own content to students, iTunesU also provides many freely available course materials from other instructors that are free and open to use. To find freely available courses go to iTunes and in the store go to iTunes U and search the topic area of interest.


The original Open Educational Research repository and search engine.  Merlot allows users to create, share, and search for open educational materials. 


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have a wide variety of flavors including simply recorded lectures with assignments to more interactive engaging courses.  The term MOOC is more of a generic term for any type of course that is offered online for free. MOOC material can be used to augment courses by being an alternative to content delivery or as an opportunity for extra student practice.  This link provides one search engine for MOOCs on the Internet.

OER Commons

OER Commons is another repository of open educational resources. OER Commons provides tools for users to create, share, and search for OERs.

Open Education Consortium

The Open Education Consortium is an organization dedicated to providing open education. This site provides users with strategies for using OERs in their classrooms and provides webinars on the movement for open education.  In addition OERs are available to search on this site.

Open Stax

OpenStax is a site where users can find free and open textbooks from most introductory courses offered in colleges and universities.  These textbooks have been peer-reviewed.

TED Talks

TED Talks provide hundreds of freely available lectures from leaders in the field.  TED Ed is a sister service that allows users to create interactive lessons with TED talk videos or other video available on the Internet.