More OER


The SDCCD  has compiled a range OER resources for your consideration…

but we are always looking for additional, quality resources to recommend.

Know of an OER you think should be listed here?
Submit a resource you think fellow educators would love to know about by forwarding us the link.

Textbook Alternatives

  • Boundless: Chunked sections of standard academic textbook content, including accompanying PowerPoint presentations for download.
  • cK-12 Flexbooks: Collect open resources to create your own textbooks to share online with your students.
  • College Open Textbooks: Organized by subject, with various open licenses.
  • Global Textbook Project: Open document format for textbooks in business, computing, education, health, sciences, and social sciences.
  • Google Books: Download books designated as public domain.
  • OpenSTAX : Peer-reviewed online college textbooks.
  • Project Gutenberg:  36,000 digitized books that can be downloaded and/or accessed from mobile devices.
  • WikiBooks: open-content books in various languages.
  • BCcampus: OER textbooks from British Columbia
  • Cool4Ed: California Open Online Library for Education
  • Open Textbook Library: from the University of Minnesota
  • BookBoon:  download free ebooks and textbooks
  • Flatworld Knowledge: Purveyors of inexpensive (~$50) online and print textbooks of good quality.
  • Lyryx Learning: Helping instructors with Open texts.
  • Saylor Academy – provides excellent, free open textbooks and full online courses.

Scholarly Articles

  • Bepress: Digital commons scholarly publications.
  • DOAJ: The Directory of Open Access Journals offers a world-wide collection of academic sources in multiple languages.
  • Google Scholar: Search engine for scholarly articles.
  • Oxford University Press: Wide range of academic journal articles, many available for free download.
  • Project MUSE: scholarly sources for the humanities and social sciences.
  • Scientific Research: STEM-focused journals, with a smaller collection of business, communication, and humanities.

Instructional Video Repositories

  • Khan Academy: Instructional videos on topics ranging from math, science, computing, and engineering, to humanities and economics.
  • TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design – TED Talks are about 20 minutes each and almost always captioned.  Look for talks from today’s industry leaders to really inspire your students.


  • Prezi: Cloud-based presentations shared for public use.
  • Slideshare: Professional content available.

Government-Supported Educational Content

  • Chronicling America: Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities joint project to digitize United States’ newspapers from 1789-1922.
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: Browse the U.S. government’s holdings of educational resources promoting a wide range of subjects through almost any media imaginable.
  • Library of Congress: Digital collections from the world’s largest library.
  • NARA: The National Archive and Records Administration digital collection of federal records.
  • The Orange Grove: Florida’s Digital Repository.

Media-Generated Educational Content

  • C-SPAN Classroom: Social science-focused primary source materials.
  • HarpWeek: Searchable full-text of 19th Century American weekly media, Harper’s Weekly.
  • PBS Learning Media: PBS program clips, plus lesson and activity generators

College- and University-Related Collections


  • Creative Commons for Education: Search all OER content available on Creative Commons.
  • Connexions:  Repository for Educational Content.
  • OER Commons:  Find free teaching and learning content from around the world.
  • MERLOT: Multimedia Education Resources for Learning and Online Teaching – Lots of good stuff here that can be added as links to your course.
  • Internet Archive: The biggest library in the world overflows with videos, images, articles, and other educational resources suitable for all ages and learning styles.