What are examples of OER?


Examples of OER, include:

  • Full university courses, complete with readings, videos of lectures, homework assignments, and lecture notes.
  • Interactive mini-lessons and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics.
  • Digital textbooks that are peer-reviewed and supported with ancillary materials.
  • Elementary school and high school (K-12) lesson plans, worksheets, and activities that are aligned with state standards.
  • Adaptations (including translations) of previously-published OER.

Here are some well-known examples of OER to explore:

  • Khan Academy
    Offers online practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. It covers math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

  • OpenStax CNX
    A dynamic non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes.

  • Open Textbook Library
    A curated and peer-reviewed collection of open textbooks that have been adopted at multiple institutions of higher education.

  • Curriki
    It’s online community of educators, learners and committed education experts works together to build and share quality K-12 materials that benefit teachers, parents and students globally.

  • Wikipedia
    The largest free encyclopedia in the world built collaboratively using wiki software.

  • Wikimedia Commons
    An online repository of free-use images, sound, and other media files.

  • Saylor.org
    Creating and curating open educational resources (OER), piloting innovative credentials, and deploying open source technology, all toward supporting learning opportunities for all who seek them.

  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
    OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects freely available on the Web.

  • Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)
    Learning for everyone, by everyone, about almost anything.

  • CK-12
    Education non-profit. Improving K-12 learning globally.

  • Open Course Library
    A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download.

  • Siyavula
    An educational technology company with a mission to create and enable engaging, integrated, high-quality learning experiences in Mathematics and Science.

In addition to these dedicated sites, it is worth noting that popular search engines such as Google Images, Flickr, and YouTube include a search filter that enables users to easily find relevant OER.

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