Open Source Digital Content

Open Educational Resource (OER) Repositories and Catalog Tools

  • Canvas Commons
    • Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources with the public (or within their institution). Educators leverage Commons for a variety of reasons. Whether they mostly import content, review materials, or share (re-share) resources, everyone benefits from the collective contributions of all users.
  • HippoCampus
    • HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom learning and assign it for computer labs and homework
  • MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
    • MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. MERLOT is a searchable collection of thousands of peer-reviewed online learning materials that have been created by members of the MERLOT community that are made up of faculty across the world in a wide variety of disciplines.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
    • 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.
  • OER Commons
    • From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. Here are some curated collections to start exploring: full university courses, interactive mini-lessons, adaptions of existing open work, open textbooks, and K-12 lesson plans, worksheets, and activities.
  • OpenStax
    • OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library since scaled to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Their adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country.
  • Open Textbook Network
    • The Open Textbook Network (OTN) promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks. The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
  • Orange Grove
    • The Orange Grove repository is Florida’s digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Desire 2 Learn). Discover, contribute, and import repository resources directly from your LMS.
  • WikiEducator
    • The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative: planning of education projects linked with the development of free content, the development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning, work on building open educational resources on how to create OERs, and networking on funding proposals developed as free content.

Open Educational Content

  • Affordable Learning Solutions
    • The California State University System created the Affordable Learning Solutions program to enable faculty to choose and provide more affordable, quality educational content for their students. The program provides access to free and low-cost course materials, e-textbooks, online courses, and other educational resources.
  • College Open Textbooks
    • The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.
  • Coursera
    • Provides universal access to thousands of courses and specializations by partnering with the world’s best education organizations and top universities.
  • EdX
    • Founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012 an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.With more than 90 global partners, we are proud to count the world’s leading universities, nonprofits, and institutions as our members.
  • Khan Academy
    • Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
  • Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
    • The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog provides broad access to a wide variety of catalog records and digital images from over 50 different collections.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection
    • The Met implemented a new Open Access policy, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero designation, that provides access to ~450,000 pieces of its art collection for the public domain.
  • Open Course Library
    • Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Legislature, the Open Course Library provides a collection of high quality, free to use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse, and download.
  • Open Learning Initiative
    • Grant funded group at Carnegie Mellon University that offers innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.
  • Pexels
    • Search through thousands of royalty free images on Pexels. You can use all images on Pexels for free, even for commercial use. All images are completely royalty free.
  • TED
    • TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.