Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials that are freely available for use, remixing, and redistribution.

Faculty professional development funds are available in support of AB 798 to increase high-quality open educational resources (OER) and reduce the cost of instructional materials for students. Participation would mean faculty have adopted OER in Fall 2016 or will adopt in Spring 2017 that demonstrates student savings of at least 30% compared to instructional materials that they have previously used. The amount of faculty development funding available is $250 per course (not section) with a two-course maximum for any faculty member. Specific cost savings for fall courses must have already been implemented. Additional information can be found here. Use this link if interested in applying.

 

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  • MERLOT - Peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials.
  • Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) -Learn how to find no/low cost course content that can substitute for more costly textbooks.
  • OER Commons - OER content is made free to use or share, and in some cases, to change and share again, made possible through licensing, so that both teachers and learners can share what they know.
  • Cool4Ed - The three State of California Higher Education Systems are working together to provide you easy access to quality FREE and OPEN eTextbooks that everyone and anyone can use for teaching and learning
  • Internet Archive - The Internet Archive offers a library of Open Educational Resources and university lectures. This library contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China. Many of these lectures are available for download.
  • The Orange Grove - Online library of free instructional resources.
  • OpenStax College - A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc.
  • MIT Open Courseware - Free lecture notes, videos, and exams from MIT.
  • Academic Earth - Free online video courses from leading universities.
  • Open Education Consortium - The Open Education Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.
  • SOFIA- Sofia encourages the free exchange of community college level materials.
  • TED- Consider using TED to initiate class discussions.
  • Kahn Academy- Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free!