OER Repositories

  • Academic Earth – A beautifully designed site with over 1,500 video lectures from MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, Academic Earth provides easy access to a large collection of free open courses, and excellent information on over 100 online degrees.
  • Applied Math & Science Educational Repository – Though this site specializes in math-and-science based resources, this repository of online educational content offers resources in a variety of other disciplines, including: vocational education, health, and even language and literature. 
  • Commonwealth of Learning – An organization hosted by the Government of Canada that brings together over 50 different countries all over the world to “help governments, institutions and organisations expand the scale, efficiency and quality of learning by using appropriate open, distance and technology-based approaches.” Resources on the Commonwealth’s site include OAsis, the organizations Open Access Repository, the Journal of Learning for Development, and some course materials.  
  • Curriki – Curriki is an online repository with over 250,000 resources and over 500,000 community members. Their mission is to help minimize the education divide all around the world by equalizing access to free, quality learning materials. The site makes world-class learning materials freely available to educators, students, and  parents. It’s resource library allows you to search by topic, education level, subject area, and education level.
  • George Mason OER Metafinder – The George Mason OER Metafinder searches multiple OER repositories. This includes many popular sites like: the Library of Congress, BC Campus Open Ed, College Open Textbooks, The Digital Public Library of America, MERLOT, MIT OpenCourseware, the OER Commons, the Open Textbook Library, OpenStax, Project Gutenberg, and others.
  • iBerry – A non-profit resource repository.
  • iTunesU – In 2008, The Open University and iTunes joined together to create iTunes U, a repository that provide users with open, quality, digital, content through the familiar Apple interface. The collection includes a large selection of audio-visual content.
  • iUniv -The iUniv contains an extensive library of video courses from universities all over the world.
  • Khan Academy –  Much like iUniv, Khan academy contains multiple video rounds up courses, along with interactive activities like flash cards, quizzes, and PDF assignments.
  • Lumen Learning – Lumen Learning’s site contains over 40 open access courses in topics ranging from pre-calculus to public speaking. Lumen combines these open courses with access to ancillary materials provided via affordable programs designed by Lumen. These include: Candela, Waymaker, and OHM. 
  • MERLOT II – MERLOT II stands for Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching and is a  California State University project that offers over 40,000 peer-reviewed online educational materials.  
  • NPTEL –  NPTEL stands for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning and provides access to downloadable online web and video courses in engineering, science, and the humanities. These materials have been designed in conjunction with NASSCOM via funding from the government of India in an effort to increase access to engineering education in India.  
  • OER Commons – OER Commons, a “digital public library and collaboration platform” created by ISKME, is a searchable repository of 50,000+ open educational resources with minimal copyright restrictions. Resources are usually licensed under a Creative Commons (CC) license.
  • OERu – OERu is a project of the non-profit OER Foundation. It  provides access to a robust list of open courses, some of which can be used to gain low-cost university credit.
  • Open Learning Initiative – The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) was created by Carnegie Mellon University with funding from the Hewlett Foundation. The initiative was designed to provide open, online courses of the highest quality to students and teachers at little to no cost. As of right now, the OLI provides 30+ courses in a wide variety of disciplines.
  • OpenDOAR – The OpenDOAR project provides a searchable list of open-access repositories, mostly from African universities.
  • Open of Course – Open-Of-Course provides access to open tutorials and online courses in topics ranging from language to computer programming. The site requires registration and contains courses in both English and other languages.
  • Saylor – Saylor.org academy is a non-profit initiative determined to provide “open education to all.” Like many other Open CourseWare providers, Saylor offers access to a large catalog of online courses. Unlike, many other programs, some of Saylor’s courses can be applied towards college credit. 
  • Wikiversity – Wikiversity, much like its counterpart Wikipedia, provides access to free informational materials that are editable by the Wikiversity committee. All Wikiversity text is licensed under a CC-BY-SA license.
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