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Open Educational Resources (OERs) @ OWU


  • OpenStax College* -- Open source textbooks that are written by professional content developers who are experts in their fields and undergo a rigorous peer review process. All textbooks meet standard scope and sequence requirements.  
    *OWU's textbook adoption software includes the ability to search OER textbooks from OpenStax.   
  • Open Textbook Library* The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network.  
    *Ohio Wesleyan through OhioLINK is a consortial member of the Open Textbook Network.  
  • OhioLINK A-Z List -- Part of OhioLINK's Affordable Learning Ohio, this curated list of resources includes Open Access titles as well as titles purchased as part of OhioLINK ebook packages. The latter are free for use by patrons at OhioLINK institutions but most likely will exclude remix options. For use options, click the link beneath the description of each text.  
  • College Open Textbooks College Open Textbooks (COT) focuses on textbooks for lower division classes. COT is not a repository of open textbooks; our listings point to textbooks on many repositories.
  • MERLOT MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. The MERLOT Collection is made up of over 40,000 materials in 19 different material type categories.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.
  • BC Campus OpenEd BCcampus was asked to create a collection of open textbooks aligned with the top 40 highest-enrolled subject areas in the province. A second phase was announced in the spring of 2014 to add 20 textbooks targeting trades and skills training. Our open textbooks are openly licensed using a Creative Commons license, and are offered in various e-book formats free of charge, or print on demand books available at cost.
  • OER Commons OER Commons helps educators, students, and lifelong learners avoid time-consuming searches and find exactly the right materials. With a single point of access from which they can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER everyone can more efficiently find what they need.
  • Galileo Open Learning Materials Open textbooks, syllabi, and supporting materials created under Affordable Learning Georgia OER grants. Materials are licensed under various Creative Commons licenses.

*This content was modified from Furman's OER General Collections LibGuide page with permission.

Open Courseware

Open courseware sites offer educators access to a wide variety of course materials including, but not limited to, syllabi, reading lists, lecture notes, assignments, and exams. Each site below also includes the licenses and permissions that accompany the courseware.

  • MIT Open Courseware Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the forerunners in open courseware, making "virtually all MIT course content" available online for public access. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
  • Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiatives Carnegie Mellon offers courseware online, in addition to complete courses as well. Its mission is to improve higher education by offering such resources online. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
  • Open Education Consortium The Open Education Consortium in collaboration with MERLOT offers a search engine on OER (Open Educational Resources). OER are openly licensed online educational materials that allow teachers and students to freely use, share, and modify. Licenses vary. Verify individual items.
  • Open Course Library The Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. CC BY 3.0
  • Saylor Academy Saylor Academy is a nonprofit organization that offers nearly 100 full-length, free and open courses at the college and professional levels. CC BY 3.0

*This content was copied from Furman's OER General Collections LibGuide page with permission.