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Open Educational Resources (OER)


In this model, a commercial textbook can be replaced with a collection of OER, creating a custom course pack.
Sources for OER can include collections such as MERLOT for example.  Another variation of this model is to use a mix of OER and library-licensed sources into custom course packs that can be served on e-Campus or a similar platform.  Either way, instructors save students money on expensive commercial textbooks.

Large OER Repositories

A large user friendly OER search engine that allows for users to search by subject or by course material type (e.g. textbooks, simulations, audio).
Mason OER Metafinder
This search engine from George Mason University is connected to 15 major OER repositories.
This repository is one of the biggest and more famous places to find and share teaching resources.
OER Commons
This resource seeks to collect and distribute a variety of OER at a variety of levels and subjects.
Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES)
This repository contains learning materials, software, data, and models for teaching quantitative skills in undergraduate biology courses. QUBES is developed in part by faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
Open educational materials for K-12.
Learning objects and lessons from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It offers a large collection of peer evaluated websites.
The UK's largest repository for OER in a variety of subjects.
Community of Online Research Assignments
Open resource for faculty and librarians about Research Assignments. A research assignment is anything that requires students to engage with information resources in a critical or reflective way. This most often includes finding, retrieving, analyzing and evaluating, using and integrating, or organizing the information in order to produce new knowledge.
This blog formatted repository seeks to bring together free resources on culture and education. The list of movies here is impressive.

OERTX Repository
OERTX Repository (OER Texas) is a public digital library of open educational resources for higher education. Search collections or create and collaborate to improve instruction.