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Education :: Curriculum & Instruction
Note to Faculty
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible online teaching and learning materials. They can be videos, textbooks, quizzes, learning modules and more. Using OER in your classroom will improve student engagement and success, provide immediate, equitable access to resources, save money for your students, and provide you a venue to use flexible, high-quality learning materials in your individualized curriculum. This guide collects the best-of-the-best OER and organizes them by college and department. Take a look and see what is available in your discipline.
- Open Textbook is a term used to indicate a Textbook that is fully OER.
- Public Resources are materials that are free, but licenses still protect the content in some way.
- Library Resources do not cost your students any money, and should also be considered as a means to lower the total cost of learning for your students.
- Affordable Learning Materials: course materials that cost students $50or less, in total.
Tips for finding and using OER and other affordable content:
- There are lots of OER materials out there. It takes time and persistence to find the ones that best fit your students' academic and research needs.
- Instead of focusing on the textbook that you want to replace, focus on what you want your students to know or do.
- Use the resources in this guide to find OER relevant to your discipline and courses. These links are great starting points but if you are not finding the OER that work for you, contact your subject librarian for personalized help.
- If you find an article in a library database that you want to use in a course, Library staff can help you with copyright considerations and provide access to the resource through reserves, embed in an online course, or on a website.
- Talk with your subject librarian with any questions you have about finding and using OER.
Links to more detailed information about OER and copyright:
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Provides evidence- and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education. Includes videos about K12 teaching and assessment strategies.
The PBS Digital Learning Library is a public media system-wide repository of digital media learning objects, including videos, images, podcasts and documents.
The Learning Classroom: Theory into Practice
This is an online college course developed for students preparing to be teachers, as well as inservice K-12 classroom teachers and other educators.
OpenLearn is a source of over 600 free online courses from The Open University. Education courses include topics such as teacher training, educational practice, and using technology in the classroom.
Teaching Channel’s mission is to create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow.
Balanced Literacy Diet
This website was designed to support teacher educators in their pre-service language and literacy courses with links to readings, video demonstrations and virtual classroom visits.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
Tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere, anytime.
Directory of Open Access Books - education
Academic, peer reviewed books that are available Open Access.
OAPEN builds a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences, and develops services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
Balanced Literacy Diet
How-to videos focused on elementary grades including topics such as reading, writing, assessment, vocabulary, and classroom tips.
MIT Videos - K12
Videos created by MIT students in response to contributing to the education of STEM students at the K12 level.
Data & Statistics
Explore education datasets, apps, resources for the classroom, and details about paying for college. These datasets cover education at all levels.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
NCES collects, analyzes and makes available data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
Texas Education Agency (TEA) - Reports & Data
Provides a treasure trove of information for researchers, parents and the public at large to mine and learn about the workings of 1,200 districts and charters, as well as TEA.