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Finding Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Open Textbook Library
"Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality."
OpenStax publishes a line of general education textbooks that are provided for reuse via Creative Commons licenses.
"MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community."
"Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations."
"The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities."
BCcampus Open Textbooks
This collection of textbooks is published and curated by BCcampus. Many are customized for use in Canadian or British Columbian college courses.
A Sample OER
These 3D models of infectious pathogens are made freely available by chemistry faculty at Lawrence University. The models can be downloaded, printed, adapted, and reused because they are shared with Creative Commons licenses. Find many other samples in this OER guide.