The most straightforward way to use OER is to find an existing OER you can adopt for your own course. In the world of OER, adopting means taking an existing OER and using it as-is (with no or minimal edits or alterations). Searching for OER on your subject is always the first step in any OER project!
This video from Open Oregon gives "a few strategies to spend less time searching and more time redesigning your course around your new open content."
We recommend making Open Oregon's Resource Tracker your first stop in your research process:
Already using OER in your course? Add your information to the resource tracker by filling out the Open Oregon Resource Tracker Form.
Similar to the Open Oregon Resource Tracker, librarians at Tacoma Community College have created a list of recommended OER by subject. If you are OER curious and want to see the type of resources that might be available, this is a good place to browse:
There are also plenty of OER repositories to search in! Below is an interactive searching tool that allows you to search within some of the top OER repositories:
This is a perfect place to start your search - the Mason OER Metafinder searches 16 different directories, repositories, and other places to find quality OER. This list includes - American Memory Project (Library of Congress), College Open Textbooks, Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), Merlot, MIT OpenCourseware, OER commons, and many more.
Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo has developed OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search), a search tool with more than 155,000+ records from 52 different sources that have been carefully selected in collaboration with SUNY OER Services.
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