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.