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OER: Open Educational Resources

A guide for faculty and students about OER at Pasadena City College

OER Resources

As previously noted, OER are basically anything you can utilize in a course that are open to use - from full courses to textbooks, from individual modules to media components.  Unfortunately, there isn't a single tool that harvests everything for us, so below are some resources that you can use to help identify OER materials. You might also want to try George Mason University's OER search tool, which will search through key repositories for OER, but not everything.

George Mason University's OER Search Tool:

Search: Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)


SUNY Geneseo, Milne Lbrary's OER Search Tool:

Suggested Repositories

OpenStax Merlot Pixaby
Merlot OEConsortium Wikimedia Commons
California Open Education Resources Council Showcase Serendipity CreativeCommons
CollegeOpenTextbooks SkillsCommon PhET Simulations (Science/Math)
University of MN Open Textbooks Orange Grove DigCCMixter
Open SUNY MIT OCW LibriVox
BC Campus Lumen Learning Springer Open Journals
Directory of Open Access Books OER Commons TEDTalks

Additional Strategies

There are additional methods to identify OER.  YouTube, Google, Bing, SoundCloud, Flixstr, and other popular tools all have access to OER.  To help with finding OER through these platforms, please see a reference librarian, or contact the OER Committee.​