List of Open Educational Resources
Below is a collection of Open Educational Resources based on a list provided by LumenLearning.com. Instructors must check the intellectual property license for material to ensure proper use and attribution. All resources are assumed to be free unless otherwise specified.
- Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) – Simultaneously search multiple OER repositories
- http://www.oercommons.org – Online content; aging, anthropology, archaeology, cultural geography, languages, linguistics, game-based learning, communication across cultures, economics, US History, Asian studies, and more.
- https://www.merlot.org/merlot/materials.htm – Locate your discipline; business, arts, education, humanities, math, statistics, science, technology, social sciences OR locate by type of material; animations, assessment, assignments, case studies, drill and practice, open textbook, quiz/test, tutorials and more.
- http://www.plos.org – Open access journals in science (biology, genetics) and medicine.
- http://openstaxcollege.org – Free textbooks; math, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, Astronomy, US History, American Government, Sociology, Psychology.
- http://oerconsortium.org/copyrighted-digital-textbooks – Low cost and free texts; Nursing, Critical Issues in Health, Addiction, Accounting, Common Sense Management, College Writing, Physical geography.
- https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks – Open textbook library; Accounting & Finance, Business, Management & Marketing, Computer Science & Information Systems, Economics, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Languages, Journalism, Media Studies & Communications, Law, Mathematics & Statistics, Medicine, Natural & Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Student Success.
- http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org– College textbooks; political science, computers, history, communications, science, arts, education, business, english.
- BC Campus Open Textbooks; art, business, recreation & tourism, social sciences, trades.
- http://cnx.org/ online textbooks, free content, sociology, psychology, statistics and much more.
- http://www.ocwconsortium.org – Open textbooks; Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Health, Nursing, History, Physics, Sociology, Probability and Statistics.
- http://writingspaces.org – Writing Spaces is an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses.
- The LibreTexts Project – Open-access textbooks and other resources developed in collaboration by a number of institutions, led by UC Davis.
Open Source Articles and Books
- http://scholarworks.umb.edu/ The UMass Boston open access institutional repository for scholarship and research
- http://www.cornellopen.org/ New books and classic out-of-print titles from Cornell University Press
- http://lumenlearning.com/open-courses-overview/ Low-cost open courseware
- http://opencourselibrary.org/ A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs
- https://www.myopenmath.com/ Online math homework, online text, quizzes, videos, instructor resources, various math courses, hybrid/online
- http://academicearth.org/ Open courseware from MIT, Berkeley, Stanford University and more
- CogBooks – Biology 101, non-major, $37.00 cost to student
- http://www.saylor.org/ Course materials and lessons in many discipline areas
- BioBeyond Adaptive courseware for BIO 101, non-major, $25.00 cost to student
- http://oli.cmu.edu/ Open, free courses; visual design, anatomy and physiology, languages, media programming, biochemistry, argument
- https://www.boundless.com/ Customizable digital courseware, LMS integration, less costly than textbooks, 20 subject areas
- http://ocw.umb.edu UMASS Boston open courseware
Science and Engineering
- http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/index.html Sustainability resources and lesson plans for teachers
- http://www.fossweb.com/home K-8 active learning for science
- http://blossoms.mit.edu/resources Science, math and engineering resources
- http://www.teachengineering.org/ Resource of activities, lessons, units and living labs for applied sciences and math, K-12
- http://www.cmmap.org/ Climate and Earth Science research, internships, scholarships, and ideas
- http://www.nrel.gov/learning/ Energy education opportunities and content
- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/educators/energy-guide/ Science, engineering, math, videos, labs and digital resources
- http://www.ck12.org/teacher/ STEM K-12, simulations, adaptive content, concept-based learning
Virtual Simulation Tools and Software
- Virtual Molecular Dynamics Laboratory suite of (free) software tools by Boston University.
PhET Simulations for Sciences from University of Colorado
Nobel Prize Organization has a collection of video games for physical sciences
Virtual Labs created by USDA and NMSU
- Merlot library of simulations and science activities
Sponge lab – interactive OER science simulations that can be stitched together to create virtual labs.
Movies, Videos, Multimedia resources
- http://www.openculture.com Movies, audio books and ebooks
- http://ed.ted.com/lessons Video lessons on various topics
- http://www.hippocampus.org/HippoCampus/Earth%20Science Free educational videos and resources
- http://search.creativecommons.org/ Discipline specific resources in many formats; clipart, photos, music, media, weblinks, images.
- Steam – Educational games for sciences. Students pay to access, some free
- NOAA Portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes
- NOAA ocean challenge puzzle
- Boston City Archives on Flickr
- Google Images. Use advanced search to sort by license.
- Flickr Creative Commons
- Library of Congress Photos
- http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2128.html Continuing education, workshops, professional development
- http://oeit.mit.edu/resources/archives/mit-partner-stem-education MIT and the use of educational technology/ideas/resources
- http://free.ed.gov/ Education related data and research
- http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ Low cost and free instructor resources
- http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/cilt/teaching-resources Faculty information to support and facilitate learning
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