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Open Education Resources

To add more to your intellectual capacity, Open Educational Resources websites provide a comprehensive understanding on how you can benefit from different online learning deliverables.

Directory of Open Access Books or DOAB is the answer to the major issue of not finding your required books within your institute or area. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Just type the name of your book needed in the search box and access all the books you want!

The Best Colleges 
When you make a big purchase, you have to do your research. You find lists of the best models from credible sources, compare prices, and consider all the standard details before making your decision so that you know you're getting the best fit for you. At The Best Colleges you can find information on hundreds of online programs that are recognized and reputable.

Open to Study 
Open2Study is an Australian leader in accredited online education. Please have a look through their 49 courses on the Free Courses page, all free (with a free certificate of successful completion) and all run over four weeks. Everything you need to complete the course, including videos, further readings, assessments, quizzes, transcripts, is accessible in a single, easy-to-use online classroom. So choose your course and begin now!

The motto of Degreed is ‘we do it not because it is easy, but because it is hard.’ It has grown to over 3 million users worldwide who believe there is no single path to expertise. Sign up at Degreed to access and take a multitude of online courses.

Millersville University 
Millersville University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Browse through the large list of online and easy to access resources compiled all at one place for your convenience!

Teach Online.CA 
Teachonline.ca is a resource for post-secondary educators to find the latest information on new technology and new developments in online learning, as well as practical tools and resources to help them integrate technology in teaching to improve the learning experience for their students. Get a chance to explore through multiple categories of online courses that are available to all. One Portal Featuring More than 34,000 Open Educational Resources Developed by Universities in France.

Object Lessons
Object Lessons is a series of concise, affordable, beautifully designed books and of smart, short essays based around single objects and the lessons they hold. Books are published and distributed worldwide by Bloomsbury, and articles are published at The Atlantic. Essays, which typically range from 1,500 to 2,000 words, are drawn from authors in industry, academia, design, and beyond, written for a broad and general readership. Follow this link to search for the essays relevant to your field.

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. Skim through this journal to keep you updated with the latest trends in various fields of research.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) offers a way to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations. This site contains links to learning resources created and maintained by other public and private organizations.

The sofia project is an open content initiative launched by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, which promotes faculty and institutional sharing of online content. Modeled after MIT′s OpenCourseWare Initiative, Sofia encourages the free exchange of community college-level materials on the World Wide Web.

Directory of Open Access Journal 
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available which you can easily access through this link.

Open Courseware Laboratory 
The mission of the Lab is to promote the open exchange of knowledge within the academic community via the Internet. This includes the provision of research and course materials that are made freely available on the World Wide Web for non-commercial use. Explore this link to freely access any course of your choice.

Project Gutenberg 
Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with a focus on older works for which copyright has expired.

This is a portal for high-quality, content-rich lessons in science. The portal offers free lessons in a modular format. Instructors can create links to a customized syllabus and can also contribute materials to the site. To provide students with a powerful framework for understanding the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical concepts presented, all Visionlearning modules include extensive literacy elements.

Open Learning Initiative 
The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. The main aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education. The project adds to online education the crucial elements of instructional design grounded in cognitive theory, formative evaluation for students and faculty and course improvement.

The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - CCCOER
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - CCCOER is a joint effort by the OER Center for California, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the League for Innovation in the Community College and many other community colleges and university partners to develop and use open educational resources (OER) and especially open textbooks in community college courses. Browse 750+ Open Textbooks, find open textbooks and open courseware through by using this link.

College Open Textbooks
Find 150+ peer and accessibility reviews of open textbooks at College Open Textbooks.

OpenStax is a non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of free educational content to improve learning outcomes. Connections is a repository of educational content, containing over 17,000 openly licensed learning modules.

Free Online Course Materials 
Free Online Course Materials is a California State University MERLOT collection of over 35,000 open course materials.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) 
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

The Open Course Library 
The Open Course Library, from Washington State University, is a collection of expertly developed educational materials – including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments – for 81 high-enrollment college courses. 42 courses have been completed so far, providing faculty with a high-quality, affordable option that will cost students no more than $30 for textbooks.


OER Commons
OER Commons was created as a network for teaching and learning materials, the web site offers engagement with resources in the form of social bookmarking, tagging, rating, and reviewing.


The Open Education Resource (OER)
The Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership, networking, and support for educators and educational institutions to achieve their objectives through Open Education.


WikiEducator (OER)
WikiEducator is a community project working collaboratively with the Free Culture Movement towards a free version of the education curriculum by 2015. Driven by the learning for development agenda WikiEducator is developing free content for use in schools, polytechnics, universities, vocational education institutions, and informal education settings.


The World Digital Library (WDL)(OER)
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.


Discipline-Specific OER from Virginia Tech
On this pages you will find openly licensed textbooks along with supplemental material, interactive simulations, and other resources.


Subject Resources from the University of New Hampshire
In this site you will find a collection of resources divided into humanities, social science, and STEM categories.


Discipline-Specific Resources from VC/UHV Library
On this page, you will find the largest, most popular repositories of open educational resources separated by subject.


BC OpenEd
This page provides you a curated collection of open textbooks, many reviewed by British Columbia faculty.

Boundless works with experts to compile web-based openly available content into the same general arrangement of textbooks. You can actually search the ISBN for your current textbook and see what content Boundless would use to replace it.


Aviation Handbooks and Manuals
Open Textbooks on Aviation from the Federal Aviation Administration (US).


Free medical textbooks.


Bloomsbury Academic
Bloomsbury is a well-respected and longtime UK publisher who has released some of their academic titles for open access/open education.


Open Scout
Open Scout is a UK based database of business skills teaching resources. Includes articles, tutorials, video and much more in a variety of languages.


In this site, materials in the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository are free for use and adaptation. Most resources are at the high school and community college levels.


Jorum is UK's largest repository for OER in a variety of subjects.


PhET Science Simulations
These interactive tools from the University of Colorado at Boulder are mostly CC licensed.


Open Learning Initiative
This site provides you complete courses from Carnegie Mellon University.


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