What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)

"Open Educational Resources are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO).

Commonwealth of Learning: What are OERs

UNESCO: What are OERs?

William and Flora Hewlett Foundataion: What are OERs?

Learn More About OERs

EDUCAUSE - An easy guide.

A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources - A free e-book from UNESCO

Commonwealth of Learning - Free e-books.

OER Self-paced Course - by Judy Baker

Implementing OERs

OER Policy Development - For college governance officials.

Guidlines for OER - For educators and administrators

OER Handbook - For educators

Open Textbooks

   Articles on Open Textbooks

"The Object Formerly Known as the Textbook" (Chronicle of Higher Education)

"The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks" (US News and World Report)

"Pay Nothing? Easier Said Than Done" (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Find Open Textbooks

Open textbooks are typically freely available under Creative Commons License and available for anyone to use. Users can add their own material or change what exists and re-share. Some are peer reviewed, while others are not.

Open Textbook Library


BC Campus Open Ed Resources

College Open Textbooks

Intech Open ScienceI

The Global Text Project

OER Commons


Open Courseware Consortium

openstax college

The Orange Grove


Find Open Courses


Open courses are curricula that professors at various universities have made available under Creative Commons License for anyone to use. They may consist of recorded lectures, classroom notes, syllabi, assignments and other supplementary materials. Please note that some of these courses use traditional (and perhaps expensive) textbooks.

Khan Academy

Carnegie Mellon University



Open Course Library

Connexions (Also a good source for Open Textbooks)

For Questions Concerning OER