Open Educational Resources – Finding Resources in Repositories



OER repositories

There are many repositories of OERs publicly available on the internet. A large proportion of these showcase OERs associated with particular educational institutions or projects, but there are several repositories which aggregate material from a range of sources. Here is a list of some of them – an internet search for ‘OER repositories’ will reveal more.

  • Solvonauts  – a search engine that searches across repositories (they also provide open repository software for institutions wanting to set up their own repository of OER).
  • MERLOT  – tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and content builder webpages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare  – a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OpenCourseWare (OCW) is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
  • OpenLearn – a repository of open materials produced by The Open University, who also work with other organisations by providing free courses and resources that support their mission of opening up educational opportunities to more people in more places.
  • OpenStax  – tens of thousands of learning objects, organised into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable (note: this resource was formerly known as Rice Connexions).
  • Saylor  – nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each of which is available right now – at your pace, on your schedule, and free of cost.
  • AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository  – a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges, but free for anyone to use.
  • Internet Archive  – a library that contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China.
  • OER Commons  – free-to-use learning and teaching content from around the world.
  • Open Course Library  – a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts.
This list has been generated by the Open University and has been adapted from the course ‘Taking your Teaching Online’.

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