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Thousands of Free Online Course Materials Are Available and Easy to Find
FREE Online Course Materials are building blocks for course curriculum. Faculty can construct their complete course by selecting online materials to cover individual topics or learning objectives. Open Course Materials are part of a larger category of Open Educational Resources (OER) that includes whole courses, open textbooks, as well as small instructional modules that make up the Open Course Materials. Typically, learning management systems make it easy for the faculty to add links to these resources for the weekly instructional schedule.
BROWSE CSU’s MERLOT COLLECTION of over 35,000 FREE OPEN COURSE MATERIALSClick on the links to the major topics below and you’ll be able to navigate to free online resources you can use in our classes within the MERLOT library (www.merlot.org).
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Science and Technology
- Social Sciences
Many of the materials you’ll find in MERLOT have been peer reviewed by higher education faculty with expertise in using online resources. Looking for a video explanation on MERLOT and how to use it to find free course content? Click to MERLOT’s YouTube Channel and view a video of your choosing.
Looking for other online collections of free course materials? Go to MERLOT’s ‘Search Other Libraries’ and search other digital libraries individually or simultaneously.
Open textbooks are typically authored by faculty and published on the web with the support of universities or new commercial companies. This new business model enables free online access to textbooks.
Open textbooks are usually governed by Creative Commons licenses that enable users to download, customize or print the textbook without expressed written consent of the author. In contrast, new commercial companies provide free access to the textbook content online, while charging lower prices for print products and supplemental services.
The EDUCAUSE LEARNING INITIATIVE has provided a nice overview of the 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing (pdf) by Judy Baker and Jacky Hood from Foothill College (California Community College)
How Can I Find Open Textbooks? Easy!
MERLOT’s collection has over 2,200 Open Textbooks. Click on a link to your subject area and you’ll get a hit list of Open Textbooks in different sub-disciplines. MERLOT’s indexing tools enable easy browsing and searching the entire collection of open textbooks.
21st Century Learning Products Books and Video Lectures
1-Page Accounting is concise with links to more complete explanations.
A Christian Thought Experiment
Academic Earth — many video lectures from the world’s top scholars on many subjects
Accounting Practice Sets — one designed for a pencil and two designed for software.
Accounting Test Review Notes is a 48 page, seven tests reviews of Accounting I and II.
Accounting Tests with Answers help you prepare for tests.
Active Free Stuff has a developing education section.
Aussie Educator Textbooks— has an extensive collection of textbooks and portals
Bibliomania— reference books, literature notes, study guides, articles, interviews…
Bookboon.com–– concise free textbooks contain advertising
Book Summaries— 5-8 page summaries of current political science books
Business Courses are from major universities.
Business & Economics Video Lectures
Business e-books tend to be applications oriented.
Business Textbook Internet Library— many business areas
Chaos Science Revealed! Order “Chaos”, on DVD!
Classics Sixty-one of the greatest classic and growing.
Community College Consortium Open Educational Resources Open Content
Computers Books For Business
Computer Education Libraries have free software, tutoring, and books.
“Cosmology: History and Nature of Our Universe”, on DVD, Xplore the Mysteries of
Creative Commons— click on Find CC Licensed Work, enter the subject area
Debt, The Big Secret Behind U.S. Federal
Dieting has an interesting approach.
Digital Book Index has 130 000 title records, 90 000 of these books are free.
Economic Textbooks has books for economics majors and professions.
Economics Test Review Notes
Education Libraries cover economic implications of education, improvements, reforms
Education, U.S. vs. Germany and Britain, Our Biggest Value Added Competitors is a subject I became interested in when I semi retired in 1989. It lead me to Individualized Curriculum Will Grow Better Students at a Lower Cost.
Educational Audio/Video Libraries cove academic subjects
Effective Reasoning, How to Make Your Point! Order “Argumentation: The Study of Effective”English Video Lectures-TOFEL
English as a Second Language has extensive help.
English Video Lectures will help you learn English.
Excel Statistics Lab Manual is written in Excel. Use aprilblackie to unlock
Excel, Quick Statistics Course Using MicrosoftTM has free books, homework, and tests.
Flat World Knowledge has free textbooks with advertising.
Free Book Center has many computer and mathematic books.
Free High School Textbooks
Free Non-business Textbooks from Anthropology to Software and Sociology and beyond.
Free Online Books links to major collections plus subject collections.
freeonlinebookstore.org has an extensive, well organized collection.
Freeload Press has free college textbooks paid for with advertising.
Get Free pdf books is extensive.
Globusz has great business books on other subjects.
Global Text Project–– click on the Books tab.
Grade Saver Online Study Guides: extensive, grouped alphabetically for easier access.
Health Care Cost Statistics are not pretty.
HippoCampus has audio/video lectures on Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Religion, and U.S. History
iLumina has sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chem, bio, physics, math, CS.
Iran, A Concise 20th Century History of Iran
Iraq, A Concise 20th Century History of
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (US) provides content of popular courses.
Lecture Fox has physics, chemistry, computer sci
ence, mathematics, and the faculty mix.
Light and Matter open source physics textbooks
Math Texts from Professor Mark Dubin, at the University of Colorado
Math, Interactive, where you learn math by playing with it.
Mathematics textbooks online: George Cain, School of Mathematics, Georgia Inst Tech
MBA Prerequisite Books and Notes— many business areas
MIT Open Course Ware
Music, Learn the Language of Music! Order “Understanding the Fundamentals of Music”, DVD, CD, MP3!
National Academies Press, The ‘Read more than 3 000 books online.
Online Books Internet Library — many areas, especially literature.
Online College Classes also has books, podcasts, videos …
Online Medical Textbooks: has a wide a variety.
Online Science and Math Textbooks: biochem, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals
Open Book Project encourages and coordinate collaboration among students teachers
Open College Textbooks beginning of 2009
Open Course Ware Finder allows search six open courseware sites simultaneously.
Open Culture lists books by subject.
Open Learn from the UK has comprehensive materials on business, technology, the Arts…
Orange Grove Text Plus from
Oxford Scholarship Online: monographs in many academic areas and 1,350 Oxford books.
Perseus Digital Library, The Tufts Univ ‘Perseus brings a wide range of source materials.
Project Gutenberg covers both fiction & non-fiction.
Pink Monkey: study guides, book notes, and online textbooks for 15 subjects.
Quick Notes Course Outlines— accounting, economics, statistics, mathematics
Saskatchewan University (CA) has general engineering class notes.
Science Texts an extensive list from Professor Mark Dubin, at the University of Colorado
Sparknotes study guides covering a range of areas is predominantly Language based
Statistics Tests with Answers help you prepare for problem tests.
Statistics Test Passing Help has multiple choice and true/false tests, answers provide.
Sunnis and Shiites at War
TED talks has mind-expanding short talks.
Textbook Revolution— many diverse areas
The Assayer coves many areas, specializes in math and science.
VideoLectures.net has many subjects, with a focus is on computer science.
Wikibooks open-content textbooks — many diverse areas
Web-Books.Com has over 1,000 free public domain e-book downloads.
Webcast.Berkeley has current and archived course and recorded special events.
World Wide School® Library: Lit, Soc Sci etc. divided into language sub-directories
21st Century Learning Products Courses for students and Course Materials for teachers. Subject area include Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics using Excel.Minitab,SPSS,TI-84.
100 Free Online Ivy League Courses
A Christian Thought Experiment
Academic Earth – Video lectures from the world’s top scholars
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
English as a Second Language has extensive material.
English Video Lectures will help you learn English.
Kutztown University specializes in Small Business Management
National Repository of Online Courses— high school, AP and college courses
Online College Classes
Open Course Ware Consortium has an extensive list of open courses by country.
Open University -UK
Quick Notes Course — accounting, economics, statistics (Excel, Minitab, SPSS, TI-84)
Sofia from Foothill-De Anza CC with testing material makes this truly a user friendly site.
Utah Open Courseware Alliance
Yale Open Educational Resources Initiative
University of California’s College Prep Online (AP and other courses online)
UC Irvine Courses Online
University of South Queens
Development Sites with Completed Textbooks
eduCommons will help you develop and manage an open access collection of course materials.
Global Text Project, originated by Dr. Richard Watson at the University of Georgia.
OpenTextBook.org is a registry of textbooks and text book material that is open in accordance with theOpen Knowledge Definition (OKD).
FlexBooks has HS science, math, engineering, and technology textbooks
Wikibooks – offers over 30,000 open-content textbooks.
Flat World Knowledge is a commercial digital-textbook publisher offering free open textbooks.
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, which was founded by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and the League for Innovation in the Community College.
The Free Textbook Project help in creating and sharing educational materials.
Textbook Development Sites with helpful textbook materials
The Orange Grove
CK–12 Foundation provides learning segments that can be combined into books.
Connexions, from Rice University “… is a rapidly growing collection of free scholarly materials and a powerful set of free software tools to help, authors publish and collaborate, instructors rapidly build and share custom courses, learners explore the links among concepts, courses, and disciplines. View an in-depth introduction to Connexions in the TED2006 presentation by Connexions Founder Richard Baraniuk.”
California Open Source Textbook Project (COSTP) is a collaborative, public/private undertaking. It has been created to address the high cost, content range, and consistent shortages of K-12 textbooks in California.
Open Educational Resources Commons is a teaching and learning network of shared materials, fro
m K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone.
Open of Course is a multilingual community portal for free online courses and tutorials.
TED2006 an in-depth introduction to Connexions presentation by its founder Richard Baraniuk.
Open Educational Resources (OER) Index
Open Education Resource Center for California provides support for community college educators.