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Affordable & Open Educational Resources: Finding OER

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2019 12:29 PM

Finding OER

Lumen Learning: Education technology company that partners with higher education institutions to create accessible course materials utilizing OER. Licensed SUNY partner.

MERLOT: Peer-reviewed collection of free and open teaching and learning materials contributed and used by the international education community.

OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search): Search tool to make the discovery of open content easier. Includes content from the leading sources of open content.

OpenStax: Nonprofit educational initiative that publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks, which are free online and low cost in print.

Open Textbook Library: Collection of published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed textbooks in a variety of fields. Licensed SUNY partner.

Khan Academy: Focused on math, science, economics, finance, arts and humanities, and computing. Also includes content from academy partners like the Museum of Modern Art and NASA.

Lumen Learning: Education technology company that partners with higher education institutions to create accessible course materials utilizing OER. Licensed SUNY partner.

MIT OpenCourseWare: Includes materials from hundreds of undergraduate and graduate-level MIT courses. Courses listed by academic department.

Open Course Library: Slogan is "download.remix.teach." Focused on introductory and general education courses. Materials stored on Google Drive; accordingly, a Google account is required for access

Open Yale: Open courses from Yale University.

Internet Archive – OER: Contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China.

Academic Earth: Free online college courses from the world’s top universities.

Mains sources:

Wikimedia Commons: Public domain and Creative Commons licensed educational media content (images, sound, and video clips).

Flickr Creative Commons: Flickr content under Creative Commons licensing. 

Europeana: Digital collections from European libraries, museums and cultural institutions. Includes public domain and Creative Commons content.

Google Images (search under Usage Rights): Conduct a search and then click the "Tools" button. Select preferred license level under the "Usage Rights" filter. Follow each image to its source page to confirm the license.

Bing Images (search under License): Conduct a search and then click the "Filter" button. Select preferred license level under the "License" filter. Follow each image to its source page to confirm the license.

NY Public Library Digital Collections (some restrictions may apply): Includes public domain and copyrighted images from New York Public Library's vast digital collections. Click in the search box and then check the box for "Search only public domain materials."

Getty Open Content Images: Includes digital images for which Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain. No permission is required for images from the Open Content Program.

Library of Congress' Digital Collections: Includes Free to Use and Reuse Sets of images. Each collection has its own rights statement, which should be consulted for guidance on use. 

Wikimedia Commons: Includes public domain and Creative Commons licensed educational media content (images, sound, and video clips).

Moving Image Archive: Features "digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download."

Open Video Project: Provides "video clips from a variety of sources, especially various video programs obtained from U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Records and Archives Administration and NASA. Although the government agency videos were produced with public funds and are freely available from the Archives, no copyright clearance has been obtained for audio or video elements in these productions."

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SUNY OER Services

SUNY OER Services is a shared services organization for SUNY institutions looking to build, support, and expand open educational programs and practices. They help lower the cost of higher education for students and empower faculty to use course materials most suited to their needs. Their services include the following:

  • User-friendly technology to support adopting, adapting, and building OER course content
  • Professional development opportunities, online and on campus
  • Networking across faculty and institutions to advance open educational practices
  • Support in establishing sustainable OER programs
  • Mentoring for faculty and staff
  • Guidance around opportunities for recognition, research, and publication related to OER

OER in the Classroom

Infographic displaying five ways to use O E R in the classroom: linking to resources, copying portions, distributing materials, integrating into management systems, or publishing them