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Suggested Open Education Resources
Below is a list of suggested OER resources, focusing on textbooks. Remember: your subject librarians at FSU Libraries would be happy to help you find good OER materials for your classes!
British Columbia Open Campus Textbook List
The B.C. Open Textbook Project was started to reduce student costs by using textbooks with open licenses. Textbooks focus on the top subject areas in British Columbia.
College Open Textbooks
College Open Textbooks focus on materials and adoption for community and two-year colleges. Textbooks are peer-reviewed and available for free or at minimal cost.
Lumen provides open courses to support classroom learning for no or minimal cost.
"MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community."
This is an index to MIT OpenCourseWare and contains open textbooks or very detailed course notes. MIT OpenCourseWare is one of the few collections with open materials on aeronautics, engineering, and nuclear science.
OER Commons contains open resources ranging from full university courses to mini-lessons to open textbooks.
A nonprofit group at Rice University, OpenStax provides textbooks for AP and college classes. Funding is provided by various foundations and through "partnerships with for-profit companies that provide sophisticated, optional online homework at a low cost". All textbooks are free and peer-reviewed; optional online homework is not free.
Open Textbook Library from the University of Minnesota
The Open Textbook Library contains complete textbooks with open licensees which are used by two or more institutions. All textbooks are free and peer-reviewed.
Below is a list of other locations with items which can be used as OER. Remember: your subject librarians at FSU Libraries would be happy to help you find good OER materials for your classes!
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
DOAB intends to make it easier to find Open Access books. All books in DOAB are free to read but may not be free to share or copy. All publishers are screened to make sure they have good peer-review and licensing requirements.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Free Copyrighted Textbooks and Other Materials
A list of free (but not open) copyrighted textbooks and other materials from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.
Library resources as course materials
"Library resources can be one way to lower textbook costs for students. They are high-quality resources that students already pay to access through their tuition and fees. This post explores several strategies that libraries can pursue to encourage the use of library content as course materials."
National Academies Press
The National Academies Press is a National Academy of Sciences institution. Items are not published under an open license but are still publicly available. Be sure to check copyright restrictions before copying or redistributing!
Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)
OAPEN is an online library of Open Access books and is based in the Netherlands.
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
"The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is a trade association that was established in 2008 in order to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines."
Open Access Textbooks: A FIPSE Grant Project
The legacy page of a Florida initiative to "create a sustainable model for the discovery, production, and dissemination of open textbooks."
Open Course Library
A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download.
Open Syllabus Project (OSP)
"The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is an effort to create the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools. We have this opportunity because, to date, syllabi are almost completely unexploited resources. They are treated as ephemera of the teaching enterprise rather than as its DNA."
Florida's Open Educational Resource Repository
Saylor Academy Open Textbooks
Saylor Academy Open Textbooks are available under an assortment of licenses. Saylor Academy also has open online courses.
SOL*R: A Repository of Freely Available Online Learning Resources
SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities and tools, all the way to full programs.
An open-source online homework system focused on mathematics courses and supported by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Options include a free trial, limited free hosting, and fee-based hosting.
Create Your Own OER
Some instructors have taken the idea of Open Educational Resources and decided to create their own textbook, video, or other resource. If you decide to do the same, these are some items which might help.
Alternative Textbook Grants at Florida State University Libraries
The cost of college textbooks has risen at 300% the rate of inflation since 1978, with a 90% cost increase over the last decade alone. Students increasingly report not purchasing textbooks due to high costs, a trend which is widely recognized to negatively impact student learning outcomes. To address these concerns and build on the FSU Open Access initiative, FSU Libraries are offering Alternative Textbook grants to support faculty and instructors in their efforts to replace commercial textbooks with open alternatives that are available at no cost to students.
Congratulations to the winners of our inaugural Alternative Textbook Grants!
The grant program, launched by the Libraries in November 2016, awards successful applicants with $1,000 to support the development of open or library-licensed course materials that are available at no cost to students. These high-quality materials are written by experts and peer-reviewed, ensuring a level of intellectual and instructional rigor on par with expensive commercial equivalents.