Open Education Resources

Incorporating Open Education Resources in Teaching and Learning

Open Education Resources, or OERs, are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Incorporating OERs into courses en lieu of textbooks can greatly reduce costs for students and thereby contribute to their retention, persistence, and eventual graduation.

Below is a list of Online Resources for Open Education Resources

Georgia College Lib Guide

Georgia College Lib Guide to Open Access Educational Resources

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching)​

MERLOT is an open educational resource project from the California State University system that started in 1997. “MERLOT currently indexes tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder web pages, together with associated comments, and personal collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material.” (from the MERLOT Collection page)

Affordable Learning Georgia

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) is:

  • A University System of Georgia (USG) initiative to promote student success by providing affordable textbook alternatives
  • A one-stop service to help USG faculty and staff identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and open educational resources (OER), building on the cost-effective subscription resources provided by GALILEO and the USG libraries
  • A California State University-MERLOT partner benefit service

Broward College list of Open Education Resources

Broward College has a listing of open education resources

Open Stax

OpenStax  offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers. Adopt a book today for a turnkey classroom solution or modify it to suit your teaching approach. Free online and low-cost in print, OpenStax College books are built for today’s student budgets.


Open.Michigan is a University of Michigan initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to share their educational resources and research with the global learning community.

Academic Earth

Academic Earth features an ongoing series of original videos and free online college courses.