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Don't forget that you can use library resources for your courses, too! The library has license agreements that cover databases and ebooks. These agreements normally allow for emailing content and linking content through Moodle. Some may allow you to use the content as handouts or in course packs. Contact the librarian to determine what is allowed.
What is OER?
Open Educational Resources, or OER, refer to any teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open licence, such as a Creative Commons Licence or GNU General Public Licence, that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution with no or limited restrictions.
For more information about using OERs, check out this toolkit:
CLO Faculty OER Toolkit
This toolkit provides information and tools to help faculty and library staff across all publicly funded colleges in Ontario to understand, engage with, and sustain OER in their work and practice.
Open textbooks are free, online learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Many of the collections will have links to the same books, but each will have a particular focus, and items you can't find in other collections.
Initiated by Rice University, their free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed to ensure they meet the scope and sequence requirements of college courses.
Open Textbook Library
Created by the University of Minnesota to support development of high-quality open textbooks in various subjects.
Provides college-level open textbooks from higher education institutions around the world.
eCampus Ontario Open Textbook Library
This curated collection aligns with top subject areas in post-secondary education and many of the textbooks have been reviewed and vetted by educators across the country.
Collection of freely available open textbooks for download, online reading, and sharing.
College Open Textbooks
Focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open and peer-reviewed textbooks to more than 2,000 community colleges.
MERLOT Open Textbook
Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a curated resource of free and online textbooks for use in teaching and learning.
BC Campus OpenEd
Open textbooks for the 40 highest enrolled first- and second-year subject areas in the British Columbia's public, post-secondary system.
A free collection of mathematics-related open textbooks. Includes supplements and a link to order print copies of the book.
Creator, publisher, distributor, and seller of open textbooks and ancillary materials to college-level students.
State University of New York (SUNY) Open Textbooks
With the initiative of the SUNY Libraries, Open SUNY Textbooks publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks for use in higher education.
Global Text Project
Joint venture between the University of Georgia and University of Denver business schools. Provides a free library of thousands of texts on various topics.
Directory of Open Access Books
The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access that meet academic standards.
An open-content textbook collection that anyone can edit.
OER repositories contain more than just open textbooks. All content featured within these pages is free but usage rights vary. Materials in these repositories are released under a Creative Commons license while some are in the public domain.
Funded by ISKME, OER Commons is a library of OER materials containing over 50,000 high-quality OER.
Open Course Library
Collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises and instructional videos in a variety of subject areas.
An open digital library of workforce training materials.
Supports faculty in identifying and selecting high quality OER, aligning these to learning outcomes, and assembling them to create OER-based courses.
Openstax CNX (formerly Connexions)
Contains textbooks, articles, supplements, and other learning resources that can be read online or downloaded for free.
Free, peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials maintained by the California State University System.
Florida's digital repository for instructional resources.
California Open Online Library for Education (Cool4Ed)
Library of free open source textbooks and other materials from the State of California Higher Educations Systems.
Open Courseware Consortium
Free and open collection of high-quality learning materials presented in the form of courses.
A web-based publication of materials from thousands of MIT courses. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository)
Portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in community and technical Colleges.
ATE (Advanced Technological Education)
With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for high-technology fields.
This library contains downloadable free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities across the globe.
A collection of freely usable media files that anyone can contribute to.
Creative Commons Search Tool
Search websites for images you can share, use, and remix. Creative Commons allows creators of works to release them into the public domain or license works by placing some restrictions on their use.
A photo sharing site where you can filter by license.
Getty Institute Open Images
Searchable database of Creative Commons licensed images under Getty’s Open Content Program.
Google Advanced Image Search
Limit your Google image search to images that that you can reuse.
All images in this website are all available copyright free since all are in public domain.
All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.
Free images or videos that you can use anywhere.
High resolution photos with a CC0 (creative commons zero) license.
U.S. Government Photos and Images
A vast collection of photos and images from the U.S. Government, many of which are in the public domain and free to use.
- TED Talks - TED’s videos are all Creative Commons licensed, unless otherwise indicated.
- Vimeo and YouTube – Videos with a CC license can be found through Advanced Search options on both of these platforms
Free Music Archive
An interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads where creators have used Creative Commons licenses.
Jamendo is the first platform to legally share music for free from any creator under Creative Commons licenses. You can stream or download all the music for free.
Open Music Library
The Open Music Library brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books and music scores from the world ’s digital collections.
YouTube Audio Library
Music that can be used in videos.
Open data may include non-textual material such as map-based data, mathematical and scientific formulae, medical data, demographic data, financial data, and so forth. The collections listed below are all freely available to use, integrate, modify and manipulate to meet local needs.
- University of British Columbia’s Open Data Collection - A repository of Canadian geospatial datasets, with some local datasets for the lower mainland and UBC campus.
- Open Data Canada - Government of Canada’s open data sets, covering demographic, financial, map data, and more.
- City of Greater Sudbury Open Data Portal - Open municipal data for the City of Greater Sudbury
- EU Open Data Portal - A portal housing a variety of open data across EU policy domains, including the economy, employment, science, environment and education.
- Data.gov - Comprises U.S. federal data with links to U.S. states, cities and counties with web sites that provide open data. Note that non-federal data available through Data.gov may have different licensing than open licensing.
Search for OER
The Mason OER Metafinder performs a simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials. For more information, visit the MOM website.
BCcampus supports the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia with initiatives on Open education, shared curriculum and learning resources and technology-enabled teaching and learning shared services.
eCampus Ontario is funded by the Government of Ontario to be a centre of excellence in online and technology-enabled learning for all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario.
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a global coalition committed to enabling the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials by promoting Open Access, Open Data, and Open Educational Resources.
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) is an independent, education nonprofit whose mission is to improve the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector.
Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work – on conditions of your choice.