OER - Open Educational Resources: Big List of Resources

This guide is designed to help PCC faculty find, create and incorporate open educational resources for classes.

OER by subject

Complete Courses

Open Course LibraryThe WA Open Course Library project offers 81 of Washington's most enrolled courses. There are a lot of great readings in these course files. Great community college content
Saylor.org: Saylor offers full courses online. It can be really helpful to use the reading lists from Saylor to find and organize your courses.
Open Courseware: An independent search engine that indexes open education classes from places like MIT, Yale and UMass.
LearningSpace from Open University: All of the learning materials presented on this site are CC licensed, but don't confuse "Learning Spaces" with the full Open University- their licensing/copyrights are different.
OCW Utah: Open education course materials aimed at a high school level.
Bridge to Success: Materials, mostly study skills, to support students transitioning to college.
Academic Earth: Find lectures and videos from some of the most respected instructors in the world.


Ted: Inspiring thinkers on a range of subjects present big ideas and lectures on a regular basis- completely CC licensed.
Khan Academy hundreds of short educational videos covering many subjects; especially strong collections in science and math.
PhET Science Simulations: These interactive tools from the University of Colorado at Boulder are mostly CC licensed.
Wikimedia Commons: The thinkers behind Wikipedia bring you images, video and music all openly licensed or in the public domain.
HippoCampus: HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education (MITE), is full of high-quality resources in a variety of subjects. It is aimed at high school and college level users.
Jamendo: Songs by musicians who want to share their music.
Vimeo: A social network of video producers. This is a great place to look for a wide variety of content- some is completely open for redistribution, some is open access.
Critical Commons: A community of people who seek to promote the use of media in teaching. The materials posted here are mostly presented using Fair Use guidelines.

Research Articles

Public Library of Science: An open publisher whose mission is to change the nature of sharing scientific research through open access.
Directory of Open Access Journals: The most comprehensive collection of open access journals in a variety of disciplines. Unfortunately, you can search by journal subject, but not by article subject.

Open Access Books

Open Stax: Rice Connexions is providing peer reviewed, quality open textbooks. There are some amazing textbooks available here, but some are still in production.
Open Textbook Library: Hundreds of complete, open college-level textbooks.
BC OpenEd a curated collection of open textbooks, many reviewed by British Columbia faculty.
Boundless: Boundless works with experts to compile web-based openly available content into the same general arrangement of textbooks. You can actually search the ISBN for your current textbook and see what content Boundless would use to replace it.
Open Academics: University of Minnesota collection of open textbooks with full reviews.
Wikibooks: A project of the Wikimedia Foundation, this collection of group written textbooks in a variety of sources follows rules similar to Wikipedia.
Project Gutenberg: Find the full text of classics and public domain works from the first massive ebook creating organization in existence. Nothing fancy here, just files with the full text.
Google Books: Some books presented in this mass conglomeration of scanned books are fully available, most are excerpted.
Bloomsbury Academic: Bloomsbury is a well-respected and long time UK publisher who has released some of their academic titles for open access/open education.

Large Repositories

Merlot: This repository is one of the biggest and more famous places to find and share teaching resources.
Connexions: Large repository of individual teachers' content, some courses and lots of modular writings about a variety of topics.
OER Commons: This resource seeks to collect and distribute a variety of OER at a variety of levels and subjects.
The Orange Grove: Florida's collection of open ed sources.
Curriki: Open source materials for K-12.
AMSER: Materials in the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository are free for use and adaptation. Most resources are at the high school and community college levels.
Edsitement!: Learning objects and lessons from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It offers a large collection of peer evaluated websites.
Open Culture: This blog formatted repository seeks to bring together free resources on culture and education. The list of movies here is impressive.

Images and Artwork

Creative Commons Search: Creative Commons has created this really useful search engine that lets you search for resources that are CC licensed. The image search is the most useful.