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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.
Business in Canada
Art & Design
The following is a list is a range of OER materials/textbooks sorted by topic:
- OER by Subject Directory: This list of resources was compiled by the University of Regina and was designed with the goal of providing a list of OER resources to faculty that could be used as course material. Subjects covered include: science, health sciences, indigenous studies and business.
- OER by Discipline Guide: Compiled and updated by BCcampus this resource contains information on a wide range of educational topics including; social sciences, law and justice, trades, and academic upgrading.
- OER by Discipline Guide: McMaster University: While compiled by a University this resource contains a large volume of useful recommendations for health science, business, and science sources
- OER by Discipline: University of Manitoba: Contains a large volume of materials on general arts courses
Exercise and Fitness
- Human Nutrition in a Canadian Context: This Canadian focused resource provides a basic overview of the theories, principals, and mechanisms underlying human nutrition. Also provides an overview of Canada's food guide and nutrition labels in Canada.
- Human Nutrition: 2020 Edition: Outlines common nutritional principles and mechanisms. Also includes a section examining significant vitamins and nutrients along with their effects on the human body.
- Skin and Wound Care: A useful resource for nurses or paramedics, this resource provides an overview of common injury/wound types along with common treatment and assessment methods.
- Microbiology: Canadian Edition: Designed to be used as an introductory resource to common microbiology principles for health science students.
- Microbiology 201: Explores common microbiology principles used by a number of health science disciplines.
- Microbiology: Designed to provide an effective introduction to the common principles of microbiology.
Personal Support Worker
- Foundations for Assisting in Home Care: Designed as an introductory resource for first-year personal support workers this resource provides incoming workers with a basic overview of the topics and principals used by support workers to deliver effective care.
Anatomy and Physiology
- Anatomy & Physiology: An excellent resource for an introductory course examining human anatomy and physiology. Includes a large number of full colour reference images.
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.
eCampus Ontario Open Library
This is a great place to look for Canadian OER resources, and many of the textbooks were created to support post-secondary education in Ontario. Many of the textbooks have been reviewed and vetted by educators across the country.
BCcampus Open Education hosts and maintains the B.C. Open Textbook Collection which contains hundreds of high-quality resources selected for post-secondary curricula in British Columbia and Canada.
This directory provides an index of thousands of books published on this popular platform across 121 Pressbooks networks.
OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources, including textbooks, that can be filtered by material type and education level.
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.
Open textbooks for Business, Economics, Math, and Statistics.
Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) system provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers. Use the search filters to limit for textbooks.
Milne Open Textbooks
Milne Open Publishing at SUNY publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks for use in higher education.
Initiated by Rice University, their free textbooks are openly licensed and peer-reviewed.
Open Textbook Library
Created by the University of Minnesota to support the development of high-quality open textbooks in various subjects.
Collection of freely available open textbooks for download, online reading, and sharing (scroll down to view titles by subject).
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.
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.
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.
- YouTube – Videos with a CC license can be found through Advanced Search options on both of these platforms
- Vimeo - List of all CC licensed materials currently on Vimeo
- Prelinger Archives : Free Movies - repository of public-domain materials and home movies
- National Screening Room - Database of public-domain historical films maintained by the American Library of Congress
- Pexels - Contains a large volume of contemporary public-domain videos and photos
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.
Alexander Street 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.