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Open Educational Resources

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (

For more information, check out this EDUCAUSE article: "Seven things you should know about Open Educational Resources"

Creative Commons (CC) Licenses enable copyright holders to provide preemptive permission for certain uses. There are six different CC licenses composed of various rights and restrictions. All of the CC licenses require attribution, and best practices for attribution are provided.

Creative Commons licenses and terms

"Creative Commons Licenses Explained" by MaconEastLibraryProject is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

CC Search
This Creative Commons search page allows you to "find content you can share, use and remix."

"MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community."

OER Commons
"We are a dynamic digital content hub offering a suite of OER supports. From roadmaps to training to tools, we'll get the right OER to your students."


OpenStax College
"OpenStax College offers free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers."

Open Textbook Library 
"A catalog of open access textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members, made available by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. All textbooks in this catalog are openly licensed, complete, and available in print at very little cost."

College Open Textbooks
"Peer-reviewed open textbooks collected by both non-profit and for-profit corporations. Includes a range of formats and copyright licenses, although all are free for use."

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