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Open Educational Resources

Mason OER Metafinder & OASIS

Described as "Google for OER" because they search across numerous popular OER repositories at once: 
Your one-stop-shops for finding OER!

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COOL4Ed (California Open Online Library for Education)

From the California State University, COOL4Ed offers numerous ways to learn about, search for, and locate appropriate OER for your courses (including etextbooks, supplemental materials, courses, eJournals, and articles).
You can even search by your current textbook's ISBN number to get a list of OER alternative titles! Just scroll down the page and look for this search box:
Image of ISBN search box on COOL4Ed 

Finding Open Educational Resources

There are many different types of repositories that house Open Educational Resources, and this page is designed as a guide to these different collections. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is a good sampling of the types of resources and collections of OERs that exist.  

By focusing on your course learning objectives, you can decide the type of resources needed. For example, not every course will need an entire textbook to meet the course learning objectives.

What you can find here:

  • OpenTextbook repositories: Collections of textbooks designed to be open for faculty to reuse - remix - redistribute in courses for free. 
  • OER Repositories:  These are collections of open materials covering all of the educational spectrum.  There are materials covering all educational disciplines.  
  • OpenCourseWare repositories: These are collections of materials submitted by faculty members at universities that are part of the OCW movement.  
  • Finding Open Images:  Some search sites and techniques to help you find openly licensed images.
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