Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources: Additional Resources
Open Textbook Collections
- George Mason OER MetafinderSimultaneously search multiple OER repositories.
- Affordable Learning GeorgiaAffordable Learning Georgia is designed to enable Georgia faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students.
- British Columbia Open Campus TextbooksBCcampus was asked to create a collection of open textbooks aligned with the top 40 highest-enrolled subject areas in the province. A second phase was announced in the spring of 2014 to add 20 textbooks targeting trades and skills training.
- Digital Public Library of America Open ShelfAs part of DPLA’s core mission of maximizing access to our shared culture, DPLA is aggregating openly-licensed books and making them available to libraries.
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)A clearinghouse of open access books available worldwide.
- OpenStax CollegeBooks developed following the traditional textbook publishing model, including peer review, editorial support and supporting materials, like slides, test banks, and syllabus content.
- OpenStax HubsCreate, share, and adapt resources like test questions, slides, and lesson plans for OpenStax texts.
- Open SUNY TextbooksThis pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.
- Open Textbook Catalog (University of Minnesota)Clearinghouse of open textbooks in various locations
- Saylor.org BookshelfBooks written for Saylor.org and Flatworldknowledge
Open Access Resources
- DOAB: Directory of Open Access BooksThe primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory will be open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.
- Flat World KnowledgeOffers over 100 rigorously reviewed textbooks at a low cost, starting at $19.95.
- InTechInTech is a pioneer and world's largest multidisciplinary open access publisher of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. Since 2004, InTech has collaborated with more than 83436 authors and published 2211 books and 7 journals with the aim of providing free online access to high-quality research and helping leading academics to make their work visible and accessible to diverse new audiences around the world.
- MERLOTMERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.
- OER CommonsContains catalog of hundreds of open textbooks from higher education institutions around the world.
- Open Course LibraryThe Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials – including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments – in 81 high-enrollment college courses. The courses provide faculty with a high-quality, affordable option that will cost students no more than $30 for textbooks. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.
- A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with StudentsA handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources.
Examples and Research
- OER HubThe Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) are leaders in researching the impact of open educational resources (OER) on teaching and learning practices.
- Open Education GroupThe Open Education Group is an interdisciplinary research group that (1) conducts original, rigorous, empirical research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and (2) designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption.