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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and open online educational materials offered by universities and organizations worldwide. Anyone interested in building their capacity through education has an opportunity to create and share knowledge by participating in this international learning network.

OpenCourseWare (OCW)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: This is a free and open sharing online publication of over 2,000 of MIT’s course materials. http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

UMass Boston: Faculty, staff, students and learners across the world are invited to explore this free online educational resource. http://ocw.umb.edu/

Utah State University: The educational materials offered strive to promote lifelong learning and provide open access to higher education. http://ocw.usu.edu/

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Open public health courses, materials and images are easily accessible and offer the opportunity to share public health knowledge to the international community. http://ocw.jhsph.edu/

Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI): This online publication provides students, educators and independent learners with tools and resources to improve their teaching and learning. http://oli.cmu.edu/

Tufts University: Course content is openly shared with free access.  http://ocw.tufts.edu/ and http://sites.tufts.edu/tuftsoer/

Merlot (California State University System): Free and open multimedia educational resources for teaching and learning. http://www.merlot.org/

MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)

EdX (Havard-MIT Initiative): An open source resource which offers free access to online courses and MOOCS. https://www.edx.org/

Stanford University (OpenedX): Delivers digital course content as an open source platform for software developers to use and exchange ideas for the support and improvement of online teaching and learning. http://online.stanford.edu/openedx

Coursera: Almost 1000 courses are offered from universities and organizations with free universal access. https://www.coursera.org/ 

Open Textbooks

Minnesota State Colleges & Universities: This site provides links to a few free online textbooks developed by faculty across the disciplines.  http://asa.mnscu.edu/educationalinnovation/open/find.html

Free Online Video and Audio for Online Learners

University of California Berkley: Gain free access to course video and audio used to support courses offered at the university. http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

HippoCampus (Monterey Institute for Technology and Education): There are over 5,700 free videos covering 13 subjects for learners in middle school to college. http://www.hippocampus.org/HippoCampus/?user=hippocampus

General Open Educational Resources:

Washington Community and Technical College’s Open Library (OCL): “…is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts”. http://opencourselibrary.org/

Open Culture: Open Culture offers cultural and education media from a variety of universities. Choose from free online courses, MOOCs, movies, audio books, ebooks, textbooks, language lessons, k-12 education…etc. http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses



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