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Open Educational Resources

Open Education Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials placed on the Internet for public use.  OERs can be:

  • Learning Objects
  • Textbooks
  • Videos
  • College Courses

Learning Objects

Learning Objects are discrete units for online learning.  They can be in any format--animations, text documents, videos, and graphics.

Amazon Inspire allows educators to discover, download, curate and share Open Educational Resources (OER).

Hippocampus is a free, core academic web site that delivers multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects.

MERLOT II is the oldest repository for online learning objects.

Florida's ORANGE GROVE contains openly available instructional resources for Florida's educators.

OER Commons contains learning objects organized by subject, education level, and common standard.

NROC is a community-guided non-profit organization focused on college and career readiness.  Offers Math and English courses.

Free & Open Access Electronic Textbook Initiatives - contains free textbooks, mainly business topics.

College Open Textbooks provides training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that provide support to authors who open their resources.

Flat World Knowledge - the world's largest publisher of free and open college textbooks.

MIT OpenCourseware - open textbooks for science and engineering disciplines.

Noba - psychology textbooks.

OpenStax College - provides free college textbooks.  Hosted by Rice University. - provides free textbooks along with free courses.

TextbookRevolution - use it to locate free textbooks and courses.

University of Minnesota Open Academics - contains post-secondary textbooks.

WikiBooks - the open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.


MOOC Platforms

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Instructure's Canvas


FutureLearn (Britain):

Iversity (Germany):

Open2study (Australia): 

Schoo (Japan)

Veduca (Brazil):

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