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Open Educational Resources: Finding OER

This site is designed to introduce OER initiatives, explain creative commons licensing and OER, and to help you get started searching for Open Educational Resources for teaching and learning.

Finding Open Content

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has a great OER website.


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Finding Open Educational Resources

There are many different types of repositories that house Open Educational Resources, and this page is designed as a guide to these different collections.  This is by no means a definitive list, but is a good sampling of the types of resources and collections of OER that exist.  Many of the major collections are discussed here, and new resources will be added frequently.

What you can find here:

  • OpenTextbook repositories: Collections of textbooks designed to be open for faculty to reuse - remix - redistribute in courses for free. 
  • The major Open Educational Resource repositories:  These are collections of open materials covering all of the educational spectrum.  There are materials covering all educational disciplines.  
  • OpenCourseWare repositories: These are collections of materials submitted by faculty members at universities that are part of the OCW movement.  
  • Finding Open Images:  Some search sites and techniques to help you find openly licensed images.

Searching for OER

Lane Community College has a nice guide, written by Jen Kaludinyi who is a reference and instruction librarian on how to search for OER.  These two videos are featured in that guide.

Using Goole to Search for OER


Searching Within Repositories


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