Open Textbook / Course Sources
Recommended starting points if you are looking for complete open textbooks or courses that could allow you to replace your current textbook.
- Sponsored by Rice University
- Over 30+ textbooks primarily in math, natural sciences, and social sciences
- Peer reviewed, openly licensed, 100% free for digital; texts can be printed and/or provided in a quality print version for nominal cost.
Cool4ed.org - California Open Online Library for Education
- Joint project of the CSU, UC, and CCC systems of public higher ed in CA
- Includes links to multiple open textbooks identified for the 52 most-enrolled courses common across the CSU, UC, and CCC, along with reviews from faculty from each of the systems and a comprehensive accessibility review
- Also includes subject-specific links into the MERLOT referatory (which is worth exploring in its own right)
- Comprehensive sets of open course materials (readings, activities, and other resources) across dozens of courses
- Lumen offers free "office hours" to discuss OER and Lumen's resources1:30-2:30 pm Pacific, Monday through Friday
Carnegie-Mellon Open Learning Initiative
- 27 courses built with extensive research on sophisticated personalized learning tools. Many are aimed at the introductory community college level.
- Open resources supporting workforce education/career training, developed through the federal TAACCCT grant program.
- Few “textbooks” but lots of other course materials and resources.
- Can be a bit difficult to navigate/search but for Career Technical Education classes that have little to no OER through the typical sites, this can be a very useful resource.
Other state/provincial Open Ed project sites for discovering course materials:
- University of Minnesota’s Open Text Network
- BC Campus Open Ed
- Washington Open Course Library
- The Orange Grove: Florida’s Open Educational Resource Repository
- Open Oregon Resources
College Open Textbooks
- Led by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, this is a collaborative effort of 2-year colleges, non-profits, and corporations to identify and review high-quality open textbooks and course materials.
- Complete open courses arranged by subject
OER Commons - Full Courses
- Search by subject for full OER course resources across a number of different source sites
- STEM-focused project to continuously develop and refine custom texts and class activities/exercises; view and use resources developed by others and/or create your own. Site emphasizes students as potential co-creators of course materials.
Do you have suggestions for other resources that you think belong here? Please contact Jim Julius.
If you couldn't find a complete text replacement for your course, maybe you can find some more granular OER content that you can use for portions of your class.