Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER Resources


OER in Tennessee

Tennessee Open Education

Tennessee Open Education Hub

A statewide professional learning community for faculty.


Curriculum and Lesson Planning

Big History Project

Social studies/history lesson plans, videos, and activities that fit within a free course (for teachers to implement).

Community of Online Research Assignments

A collection of research assignments that is shared with and by librarians, faculty, and other educators. The research assignments include best practices as well as informative user feedback.

Community College Consortium for Open Education

CCCOER is a growing consortium of community and technical colleges committed to expanding access to education and increasing student success through adoption of open educational policy, practices, and resources.

Creative Commons Collections

Contains images and other materials licensed under Creative Commons. Be sure to check use requirements for each resource.

Digital Public Library of America

Resources from America's museums, libraries, and digital repositories - all in one place.


The online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives.


OERs in English/Language Arts, History, Foreign Language, and Culture. Student activities and lesson plans include videos, interactive resources, and curriculum. While for K-12, many resources are applicable to first two years of college.

Illinois Open Educational Resources (IOER)

A database of OERs compiled and curated for Illinois educators. OERs include educational websites, museums, online games & activities, curriculum, and related research. Includes resources for Higher Education.

Khan Academy

Very popular online courses, videos, and supplementary materials. Applicable to higher ed.

Lumen Learning

Explore content that aligns with curriculum in most disciplines, especially general education and business courses.

Mason OER Finder

Search 22 OER repositories at once.

Merlot II

Used in higher education, this OER provides lessons and activities in all disciplines. Many can be modified for middle and high school students.


Search through 114 different sites at once, including digital presses, MOOCs, and Digital Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

OER Commons

A large repository of digital resources, searchable by keyword, subject, grade, standard, and even language. Each result details the terms of use for ease of implementing in the classroom. Can be used in higher education.

Open Course Library

A collection of shareable and adaptable activities, materials, assessments, and readings for a variety of disciplines. The information is managed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Open Learn

A repository of courses and materials for a multitude of subjects and topics provided by The Open University.

Open Pedagogy Notebook

This website is designed to serve as a resource for educators interested in learning more about open pedagogy. Browse through examples, which include both classroom-tested practices and budding ideas, and to consider contributing examples of your own experiments with open pedagogy.

The Public Domain Review

Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.

Science NetLinks

Created by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this site includes science lessons for grades K-12. Upper level lessons may be applicable to higher ed with some modifications.


Museums and Organizations

American Memory

Open access to American historical documents, sound recordings, videos, and other media such as photographs.


Over 54 million pieces of artwork, music, videos, and books from across Europe.

Note: These resources are not technically OERS, but you can access and use them freely based on terms of use, copyright law, and fair use. Read the fine print.

Google Arts and Culture

Explore museums, art, history, and culture through videos, exhibits, and music.

World Digital Library

Launched in 2009, the World Digital Library (WDL) was a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, with the support of UNESCO, and contributions from libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations around the world.


OER Textbooks

BC Campus Open Textbooks

Almost 400 Open Textbooks - all disciplines.

Directory of Open Access Books

DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.

Galileo: Georgia State System OER Textbooks

GALILEO Open Learning Materials brings together open educational resources throughout the University System of Georgia, including open textbooks and ancillary materials.

Open Textbook Library

800+ Textbooks available with a print option (pay). These are peer reviewed and often include reviews from other professors.

Open Stax

OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. 20+ Textbooks.

Pressbooks Directory

Over 5,000 open access textbooks published by approximately 150 organizations and networks. Nearly all books are highly accessible, and many include interactive H5P learning activities to engage learners.


OER Books and Videos


HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection.


All Libretexts libraries are accessible to everyone via the internet, completely free.


LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then release the audio files back onto the net for free. All audio is in the public domain.

Open Stax CNX

Textbooks originally for college, but adaptable for teaching, reteaching, or remediation in high school environments. Math, Science, History, Business, and Social Sciences textbooks available.

PBS Video

Videos made available through PBS. (These are subject to copyright - read fine print and use within Fair Use.)

PhET Interactive Simulations Science and Math

Simulations of science and math topics.

Project Gutenberg

Free digital books that are in the public domain.


Over 50,000 elementary through secondary education videos with over 5,000 categories, this site features videos for classroom use curated and compiled by teachers. Can be useful in higher education.


Images and Graphics


Over 1,000,000 free (do-whatever-you-want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

Flat Icon

Free, well-designed graphic vector images to use (with attribution) in the Selection collection.

Flickr The Commons

Under "The Commons," cultural institutions that have reasonably concluded that a photograph is free of copyright restrictions are invited to share such photograph under their new usage guideline called "no known copyright restrictions."

The Getty Open Content

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.

Library of Congress

Free-to-use themed sets of images.


Music and Film

Citizen DJ

Contains collections of public domain music to browse, but also links to Library of Congress recordings.

Library of Congress

Find public domain films showcased through the National Film Registry.


Licenses and Attribution

Licenses and Attribution

Creative Commons Licenses
foter CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

TASL Guide for Attribution

T = Title
A = Author (To whom should credit be given?)
S = Source (Where can people find the resource? Provide a link.)
L = License (Link to the appropriate CC license deed)




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OER Campus Facilitator
Kelsey A. Solomon, M.A.