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5 Great Sites to Help You Find Open Educational Resources (OER) for Your Course(s)

What is OER?

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium–digital or otherwise–that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions” (UNESCO, 2002).


Who’s using OER?

According to a recent national survey of more than 4,000 faculty and department chairs, “for the first time, more faculty express a preference for digital material over print in the classroom” (Babson Survey Research Group, 2019). In fact, 46% of faculty surveyed reported some level of awareness of OER (+12% since 2015), with 13% requiring an OER in one or more of their courses—almost 3x the OER required in 2015 (Babson Survey Research Group, 2019).


Where can I find OER?


Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching | California State University System | ~160,000 Contributors | 84,000+ Learning Materials




Openly Available Sources Integrated Search | SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library | 88 Sources | 352,000+ Learning Materials




Open Educational Resources Commons | ISKME | 60,000+ Learning Materials

OER Commons


OPEN TEXTBOOK LIBRARY | University of Minnesota | 625 Peer-Reviewed Textbooks

Open Textbook Library


PIXABAY | 1,000,000+ Images & Videos (No Attribution Required, But Encouraged!)



College of Charleston OAKS

New Course Display Feature in OAKS

A new feature is available in the OAKS My Courses widget that will make it easier to access your courses. You can now display courses by specific semesters, such as Spring 2015, and by your role (Instructor, Content Assistant, Student, etc). As a result, you’ll be able to find your current courses more quickly and easily. Please see screenshots below for examples of the new feature (note:  this feature will display differently depending on the number of semesters you have taught, thus there are two sets of screenshots below).  If you have any questions, please contact

Screenshots for users with less than 10 terms (uses a drop-down feature).

  1. From the semester drop-down menu select a term.



  1. Only courses from selected semester will be displayed.


Screenshots for users with more than 10 terms (uses a button feature).

  1. Click the Select Semester button to select a term.


     2. From the pop-up window select desired term.


  1. Only courses from selected semester will be displayed.