Open Educational Resources
The world’s first online book publisher to provide free textbooks for students.
- College Open Textbooks
This site lists open textbooks organized by subject area, many of which have been peer reviewed for their suitability at community colleges.
- Flatworld Knowledge
FlatWorld offers textbooks that meet the highest standards at a fraction of publishers’ prices, making educators and students in control. Textbooks can be used as is or adapted to a specific course with an online editor. FlatWorld's authoritative, curated content is offered a range of customization and integration options, including: customizable content to match syllabi or easy, web-based textbook selection, assignment and purchasing.
Free educational resources
Pegged as the "largest library of free, online practice questions in the world, this Kaplan division teamed up with OpenStax to create questions sets specifically for its open textbooks.
- Lumen Learning
At the site, you may access information about what the company does, their open courseware, their OER degrees, and their intended outcomes.
- Lumen Learning Candela Courses
OER courses that provide a low cost e-book instead of the regular textbook. The courses they currently offer are, Adopting Open Educational Resources in the Classroom, American Government, American Literature I, American Literature II, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Applied Calculus, Arithmetic for College Students, Art Appreciation, Basic Reading and Writing , Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, Biology , Biology I, Biology II, Biology II Labs , Business Calculus , Calculus 1 and 2, Chemistry I & II, College Algebra , College Success, Composition I Anthology, Developmental English: Introduction to College Composition, Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing, Earth Science, Educational Psychology, English Composition 2,, English Composition I, English Literature I, Financial Accounting, Principles of Accounting I, Finite Math, Geology, Guide to Writing, Information Literacy, International Business, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Communication, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Introductory Statistics , Lifespan Development, Lifetime Fitness and Wellness, Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, Math for Liberal Arts Resource Pages, Microbiology, Microeconomics, Music 101, Music Appreciation, Physical Geography, Precalculus and Trigonometry, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Public Speaking, Technical Writing, US History I , and US History II.
- Lumen Learning Waymaker Courses
OER courses combined with personalized learning tools.
- Lumen OER Z-Degrees
These degrees have no textbook cost for students. These degrees were designed by Tidewater Community College in Virginia. The textbooks for the courses are replaced by OER. The degrees offered are, General Studies, Science, Business Administration, and Social Science.
The site states that, “MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.” On the page you may access courses that you are signed up for through My MERLOT, see membership options, create OER content with Content Builder, see the latest news and information about OER, add to the MERLOT collection, and search the MERLOT communities and resources. The site lists the following disciplines that they cover, Academic Support Services, Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Workforce Development.
- MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.
- MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks
MIT's library of online textbooks is one of the few sources for OER on aeronautics, civil engineering and material science, among many other disciplines.
- New Prairie Press
Textbooks in this collection are open access. These items are currently being used to support higher education at Kansas State University (KSU).
Expertly compiled modules to fit the scope and sequence of common courses. Use them as-is or customize them to fit your needs. Instructor manual, PowerPoint presentations, and test bank available for many modules.
- The NROC Project
NROC collaborates with postsecondary and adult educators to deliver courses and tools that address the challenges students face today.
- OER Commons
A digital library and network
- OER Consortium
On this page you are able to locate OER, learn more about OER, find out who is using OER, share and adopt OER and even join the group’s Advisory Group that meets monthly online.
- OER Consortium Find OER
Find open textbooks, links to books in the public domain and other free books, further information about OER, sites for OER for specific disciplines (only Math & Science and Social Sciences listed), sites to locate open courseware, and sites to locate digital media.
- Open Course Library
Managed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, this content is organized by course.
- Open Learning Initiative
Carnegie Mellon's (PA) open courses (and associated content) denote a marked emphasis on STEM, including computing.
- Open SUNY Textbooks
In response to the growing impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption across SUNY, the Open SUNY Textbook (OST) project, which originally launched from SUNY IITG, is offering services to support wide faculty adoption of OER that can be effectively sustained, improved and shared, as well as delivered to students to give them the day-one access to course materials they need for academic success.
- Open Textbook Library
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
This site offers a catalog of OER textbooks focusing on math.
As of 11/30/2016, the subjects listed are: Algebra and Trigonometry, Calculus, College Algebra, Introductory Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Pre-Algebra, Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, College Physics, Microbiology, Concepts of Biology, University Physics, American Government, Introduction to Sociology, Principles of Economics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Psychology, and U.S. History
Saylor Academy's resources cover content from art history to sociology with search filters that can help you locate just the right book, recording, presentation, video, chapter or image.
The leading resource for the study of art and cultural heritage
Biology Labs On-Line
An open access web site that offers a series of 12 interactive, inquiry-based biology simulations and exercises designed for college and AP high school biology students.
Virtual Biology Lab
A free, online educational resource that simulates natural environments with the way life responds to changing world. These are stochastic simulations, no two runs are identical.
The ChemCollective is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, tutorials, and concept tests. Teachers can use our content for pre-labs, for alternatives to textbook homework, and for in-class activities for individuals or teams. Students can review and learn chemistry concepts using our virtual labs, simulations, and tutorials. The ChemCollective is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon who are interested in using, assessing, and creating engaging online activities for chemistry education.
- COMPUTER SCIENCE
Green Tea Press
All of our books are available under free licenses that allow readers to copy and distribute the text; they are also free to modify it, which allows them to adapt the book to different needs, and to help develop new material. These books are available in a variety of electronic formats; some are also for sale in hard copy.
The American Yawp
A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook
- HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books.
- MATH AND SCIENCE
PHET Interactive Simulations
Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman. It creates free interactive math and science simulations based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
Open Source Physics
The OSP Collection provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling. Computational physics and computer modeling provide students with new ways to understand, describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena.
Monroe Community College (NY) professor Paul D'Alessandris' calculus- and algebra-based introductory physics texts were written under an NSF grant, but when mainstream publishers expressed no interest, he placed it online for the entire English-reading world to grab.