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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides faculty a basic understanding of Open Educational Resources (OER), including how to find, evaluate, use and adapt OER materials for their own courses.

Tips for Searching OER

  • Use the advanced searching feature if there is one. This will save you some time and limit your search.
  • Start with broad terms (ex. disease instead of cancer) and then narrow.
  • As you narrow, think about disciplinary language. Is there something else this topic might be referred to as?
  • If you still aren't getting good results, try to start with the browsing feature (even if it's very broad). Sometimes the term you're searching isn't used but you still know it would be under a broad subject like "humanities" or "writing."

General Resources

Instructors can find OER in a variety of resources. Most OER organizations or collaborations have a database or central list of resources that faculty have added. Some databases also feature annotations or faculty feedback. Additionally, many disciplines have their own OER websites. This list is not comprehensive but can instead be used as a starting point for faculty doing interdisciplinary work or work in any discipline. Remember that not all of the learning materials in these repositories and sources are OER for modifying but most of the content is freely available under Fair Use and/or with attribution.

General Education Search

Recorded Lectures and Video Tutorials Search

Open Textbook Search

Modular Course Components

Complete courses

OER & OCW Search Engines

Discipline-Specific Resources



Language Learning



Social Sciences

Nursing and Allied Health