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Open Educational Resources: Create

Educational materials made freely and legally available on the Internet for anyone to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute.

Creative Commons Search

Search the web with Creative Commons filtered search engine to find web sites, articles, videos, images, and other resources licensed for sharing.

OER and Accessibility

Just like traditional textbooks, open educational materials must be accessible to all students.  Below are resources that help with accessibility standards for OER.

Helping Students Use OER Text Materials

Your students may need help figuring out how to adapt to all online materials.  Some will want to download and print them.  Here are links to some instructions and tools that will make it easy for them to adapt to your materials.

Here are short videos showing how to highlight and make notes on the digital copy of your text materials by using Adobe Reader (for PCs) or Preview (for Macs) or Notable PDF (Chrome.)

Getting Started

Affordable Learning Georgia Tutorial: Creating and Modifying Open Educational Resources - this is an excellent tutorial on how to create your own OER and adapt others' OER to your course.

Government Publications

Everything published by the Federal government is free of any copyright restrictions.  The research, reports and websites can be useful resources for classes when creating your own course material.

  1. A great starting place to search is USA.gov.
     
  2. Try to search a specific agency's website.  A-Z List of Federal Agencies. Many times these materials are not retrieved with simple Google searches.   Here are some examples of US Federal Databases. 

Homeland Security Digital Library
The Homeland Security Digital Library is a collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. Topics include maritime, unmanned aerial systems, terrorism, epidemics and many more. 

SciTech Connect
SciTech Connect is a collection of science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Open Journals

"The most comprehensive searchable index of free scientific and scholarly content in full-text formats."  (Choice Reviews)

Other open access collections: