Repositories and Assistance
Here are some helpful OER Repositories you can check out.
- MERLOT This is a repository of open materials, videos, animations, graphics, lecture notes, websites, and textbooks that are open for instructor adoption and adaptation.
- OER Commons This is a repository of open materials, videos, lecture notes, and textbooks.
- Saylor Open Textbooks Saylor Academy offers open textbooks and courses that are completely free.
- Open Course Library This is a database of open courses and their respective materials that you can research and use.
- Open Textbooks on OER Consortium This listing of textbooks within specific disciplines comes from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.
- Openstax From Rice University, Openstax is a nonprofit organization which creates free, peer-reviewed textbooks in a variety of disciplines.
- College Open Textbooks Offers materials for community colleges and other two-year colleges. Textbooks on this site are peer-reviewed.
- Lumen Learning Lumen provides open courses for free or at minimal cost.
- British Columbia Open Campus Textbook List This list of textbooks out of British Columbia focuses on the top subjects in B.C.
- University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library This open textbook library contains free and peer-reviewed textbooks.
- Wikibooks This is an open-content textbooks collection.
- Skills Commons This is a free and open digital library of workforce training materials.
- Johns Hopkins School of Open Health Courseware This is a list of 110 courses in the medical field that are either free or low cost.
- Excelsior College Open Textbooks Here’s another open repository from Excelsior college, which has a growing OER initiative.
- SUNY Open Textbooks These are open textbooks from the State University of New York’s open educational initiative.
- The OER Catalogue Open Educational Resources for Higher Ed
OER Web Search Tips
Google can be helpful–use Google Advanced Search
Pair CC keywords, Boolean operators, and discipline-specific terms to yield results:
- Use and, or, not
- Example: “James Baldwin” not Alec
Use quotes to yield more precise results:
- “CC BY-SA”
- “CC BY-SA-NC”
- “Creative Commons”
- “Open Access”
- “Open Educational Resource”
- Or just search OER
For additional help, you can consult the Copyright Librarian, who provides help with:
- Research Design (know your needs)
- Licensing Questions (understand license terms)
- Source Attribution (keep track of sources used)
- email, phone, and in-person consultations
Contact: Mary Bates-Ulibarri firstname.lastname@example.org (505)224-4000 x52552
Or you can contact the OER course designer in Distance Learning who can provide assistance with:
- Locating and evaluating OER materials
- Licensing questions
- Review of textbook and alignment with course objectives
- Creation and adaptation of OER textbooks
- Completing the Open Education Resource Evaluation Rubric
Contact: Bryn Campbell, PhD Bcampbell22@cnm.edu (505) 224-4000 x54136