10 OER resources every educator should know about

[Listed alphabetically]


What: The Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER) is a portal of OER built specifically for those in community and technology colleges, but is free for anyone to use.

About: The National Science Digital Library (NSDL)—the parent of AMSER—is an online library which directs users to high-quality STEM resources. NSDL was created by the National Science Foundation in 2000 to provide organized access to resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of STEM education. NSDL aggregates content from a variety of digital libraries and projects, including Internet Scout and AMSER. NSDL also provides access to services and tools that enhance the use of online resources in a variety of contexts.

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2. Blended Learning Toolkit

What: An OER for building your own online curriculum. Download one of its sample courses and you get a set of web templates you can load onto your own server and use as the basis for an online course.

About: From the University of Central Florida (UCF), the Toolkit is a free, open repository of information, resources, models, and research related to blended learning. Funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenge Wave 1 grant, the Toolkit is a collaboration between UCF and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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What: The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin focuses on foreign language learning, and provides materials for the study of Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese and Hindi, as well as videos for the study of Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English conversations.

About: Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, COERLL’s mission is to produce and disseminate OERs for the internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). COERLL aims to reframe foreign language education in terms of bilingualism and/or multilingualism. As such, all COERLL resources strive to represent more accurately language development and performance along dialectal and proficiency continua.

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What: Begun by a consortium of state higher education systems, this massive OER repository offers learning objects, full course curricula, open access journals, assessment tools, open textbooks, discipline-specific pedagogical resources, and more.

About: Material is peer reviewed, and reviewer and user comments are accessible to all. Academic discipline is represented by communities, each with their own editorial board of faculty from disparate institutions. Browsing through users’ “personal collections” can provide insight into how others use the materials.

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5. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)

What: MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

About: Pioneering the OER movement, MIT OCW offers thousands of full courses that can include lecture notes, online textbook material, assignments and exams with answers, and multimedia. The course content is downloadable through iTunes and YouTube. Like any open educational resource, these materials are freely available for educators to re-use with attribution.

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