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Open Textbooks:Use-Reuse-Remix

Be part of a growing movement to change education!

Please consider assigning an Open Textbook for your fall semester classes. We’ll provide everything  you need with just one click.

An Open Textbook is licensed openly, so it’s free for you to use, re-use, modify, and adapt to fit your course requirements.

Open Textbooks are flexible for educators and free for students, offer interactive learning experiences, come with a community of your peers on the cutting edge of education innovation. They are an affordable, flexible alternative to traditionally-published textbooks.

The BCcampus Open Textbook Toolkit is your starting point on how to change education with just one textbook. It provides:

  • Links to all our high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks ready to use right now,
  • Links to best practices in open learning and teaching, and how you can contribute,
  • Instructions and how-to videos,
  • Downloadable posters and brochures to help you spread the word about open educational resources,
  • A place for you to sign up to receive updates and tell us of your experiences using open textbooks,
  • A chance for you to receive a free gift when you assign your first open textbook.

When you assign an open textbook, you’re joining a world-wide movement to make education free, open and accessible to all. We’re looking forward to having you join us.


Open Textbooks Toolkit


The BCcampus Open Textbook Toolkit is your starting point on how to change education with just one textbook. It provides a list of our open textbooks, information and guidelines for adopting and assigning an open textbook.

About Open Textbooks in B.C.

In October 2012, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education announced its support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 highest-enrolled first and second year subject areas in the province’s public post-secondary system. BCcampus is tasked with co-ordination of the project because of our 10-year experience funding open educational resources (OER) through the Online Program Development Fund.

The goal of the Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making open textbooks available for use by B.C. faculty, and digital versions of the texts are free of charge to faculty and students. Printed copies are also available on demand for a low cost.

High-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks ready to use now

The following textbooks have been rated 4 or higher (out of 5) by your peers in the British Columbia higher education system and are available for download now:


  1. Open Textbooks formats
  2. Guidelines on choosing and assigning an Open Textbook
  3. Adopting an Open Textbook video tutorial
  4. Why Open Textbooks? A video clip from BCcampus
  5. Print Support Materials (poster, brochure)
  6. Have you adopted an open textbook? Share your experience with us. We’ll send you a thank you gift.
  7. Open Textbook FAQ
  8. Sign up for updates if you have already adopted a textbook

1. Open textbook formats

The textbooks are available to read online, download epub and mobi formats or purchase a low cost print copy online.

2. Guidelines on choosing and assigning an open textbook

If you are an instructor looking for an open textbook to assign to your class here are some guidelines.

3. A short video tutorial on how to adopt an Open Textbook:

4. Why Open Textbooks? A video clip from BCcampus.

5. Print support materials. Help us spread the word!

Download and use now:

Download, use, re-use and remix:
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6. Have you adopted an Open Textbook?

Recently adopt an Open Textbook from the BCcampus textbook colleciton? Tell us about it!

7. Open Textbook FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Open Textbooks.



Open Education Week-2014


Open Education Week is taking place from 10-15 March 2014 online and in locally hosted events around the world. The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and opportunities it creates in teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free an open to everyone.

What is Open Education

Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that allow everyone to reuse and modify educational resources.  Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for everyone, everywhere, all the time.  It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources to build something new.  Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, open source educational tools and more. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world.

The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new.  In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.  Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate. Open is key; open allows not just access, but the freedom to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and small.

Why is Open Education important?

People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, we help create a world where people can fulfill this desire. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn things that will help them on the job. Faculty can draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. People can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share ideas and information. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and inviting fresh approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.

What is Open Education Week?

Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.

Who is contributing to Open Education Week?

Open Education Week is coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, an association of hundreds of institutions and organizations around the world that are committed to the ideals of open education.  Universities, colleges, schools and organizations from all over the world have come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone.

Learn more

Check out the videos to learn more about open education and why it’s important to communities around the world. Then find what interests you, and explore. Join a webinar, see what projects are going on around the world, or attend a live event. You can tweet a question or comment (#openeducationwk), or contact us at

Open content licensing for educators (OCL4Ed):Free Professional Development Opportunity

Open content licensing for educators (OCL4Ed) is a free OERu micro Open Online Course (mOOC) designed for educators and students who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and Creative Commons licenses.  Register today.


Access to education is a fundamental human right and UNESCO considers this essential to exercising the other human rights[2]. This course is contributing to the inevitable outcome in the future where open education will be taken for granted by all education institutions.

Sadly, today many education institutions restrict access to learning by locking content behind all rights reserved copyright. In today’s world where the cost of replicating digital information is near zero combined with the affordance that the cost of developing high quality courses collaboratively using open educational resources is far cheaper than doing this alone, we have unprecedented opportunities to promote the sustainability of education futures for all.

This micro Open Online Course (mOOC) on open content licensing introduces the concepts of open education, copyright and Creative Commons as a contribution from the OER university collaboration and the UNESCO-COL OER Chair network in widening knowledge and capacity development in support of the global open education movement.

This course is freely available for anyone with an interest in open education with options to earn certificates of participation or formal assessment for tertiary academic credit. This course guide provides and overview of the course and assessment options available for participants.

Open content licensing for educators is a free micro Open Online Course (mOOC) designed for educators who want to learn more about open education resourcescopyright, andcreative commons licenses. This course will help you to:

Course Aims:

  • Reflect on the practice of sharing knowledge in education and the permissions educators consider fair and reasonable;
  • Define what constitutes an open education resource (OER);
  • Explain how international copyright functions in a digital world;
  • Distinguish the types of Creative Commons licenses and explain how they support open education approaches;
  • Acquire the prerequisite knowledge required by educators to legally remix open education materials and help institutions to take informed decisions about open content licenses;
  • Use social media technologies to support your learning;
  • Connect with educators around the world to share thoughts and experiences in relation to copyright, OER and Creative Commons.




With the increasing popularity of online education has come a profusion of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Courseware (OCW), Open Educational Resources (OER), and other general educational resources that can be accessed online. MOOCs are usually full courses with actual assignments and a similar structure to a traditional college class, whereas OCW and OER are simply resources, such as textbooks, class rubrics, and other corollary materials that students can use to guide their independent learning. This collection isn’t intended as an ordered ranking comparing the quality of these sites, but a repository of great resources for anyone who wants to learn more about MOOCs and OCW.

MOOC Platforms & Tools

Many companies have set up platforms that anyone can use to create and promote MOOCs, and as the MOOC format gets more popular, there will doubtlessly be heavy competition to create the best course creation and hosting service. This competition will lead to an increase in quality of some MOOCs, but it will be more difficult to sort out which courses offer the best and most relevant content.

  1. Alison


    Alison is a large MOOC platform with over five million different online course offerings that are free and enable students to further their education in a number of fields.

    Deeper LearningThe Benefits of Learning on Alison

  2. Udacity


    Udacity wants to bring engaging and effective education to the masses. They offer interactive, free courses for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced learner.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us

  3. Coursera Blog


    Cousera offers a collection of MOOC courses from across several universities. Classes are available from colleges such as University of Toronto, Berklee College, and Stanford University.

    Deeper LearningDo your homework

  4. edX


    Edx gives students opportunities to pursue their education on their schedule. Their classes extend across many different subjects, and the company has collaborated with educators in both traditional and emerging fields to build and publish course content.

    Deeper LearningWhat we’ve learned from teaching MOOCs

  5. udemy Blog


    udemy Blog is the world’s largest destination for online courses and teaches students how to take a course on just about anything. Free coursework includes information on building a mobile app, Microsoft excel, Photoshop, writing, technology, and more.

    Deeper LearningInnovative Business Ideas, Where Do They Come From?

  6. MOOC Campus


    MOOC Campus is the world’s first residential campus for DIY education and they pull material from some of the best institutions around the country such as the University of Michigan, Yale, Berklee College of Music, and more.

    Deeper LearningPoison Ivy Scholarship

  7. University of London International Programmes


    University of London International Programmes enables students to further their education from anywhere and do so with increased flexibility.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  8. Harvard Open Courses


    Harvard Open Courses more aptly equip students to have the resources to take courses online and have the ability to do so through one of the best universities in the country.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  9. Hibernia College


    Hibernia College outlines the different MOOCs students can take and how to best advance methods for furthering education. The site provides useful tools for learning more about Ireland’s history and culture.

    Deeper LearningThe Gathering

  10. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne MOOC Factory


    This MOOC institution is a great way to learn on a variety of subjects and it includes a common format of seven week courses with two hour lectures. The site provides information for how to produce and submit your own MOOC as well.

    Deeper LearningMore Information

  11. WVNET’s MOOC


    WVNET’s MOOC is part of the West Virginia Network and it provides a fantastic resource for different courses, this particular one focusing on the practical application of software defined networks.

    Deeper LearningEnroll Now

  12. Codecademy


    Codecademy is a MOOC-like online learning program that allows for students of programming to begin learning or enhance their coding language skills. Open courses include coding modules for Ruby, PHP, and Python.

    Deeper LearningWhat language do you need to know ?

  13. Open Learning Design Studio’s MOOC


    This nine week course ran from January thru March 2013, but the materials on the site are still freely available. The curriculum was written for higher education professionals, such as teachers and support staff interested in learning about professional development.

    Deeper LearningSteal this course

  14. ETMOOC


    This site helps run the etMOOC platform for curriculum delivery and student interaction. Any relevant course information, including recommended schedules and topics, are delivered through this site.

    Deeper LearningDigital Citizenships

  15. Synaptic Global Learning


    Synaptic Global Learning helps administer the courses for different MOOCs and has useful resources that enable the education field to be advanced online.

    Deeper LearningAdaptive Learning

  16. MOOC Community


    This blog serves as the homepage for a Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC that ran from May – June 2012. Site held all the course information, as well as all the linked blogs of students.

    Deeper LearningHanging Around with the Creatives

  17. World Education University

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    The World Education University focuses on developing online materials that allow students the fundamental right to an education, regardless of any inhibiting factors.

    Deeper LearningCatalog

  18. The Academic Financial Trading Platform


    This MOOC course site allows enrollment in business classes taught by professors from top business schools. Completion of these courses earns students a certification as well as a working knowledge of stock market prediction techniques.

    Deeper LearningFAQ

  19. MOOC-Ed


    MOOC-ed provides educators with free professional development opportunities. These courses are flexible, relevant, and innovative so that educators can continue to think about teaching and education.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  20. Health Informatics Forum


    The MOOC available through the Health Informatics Forum is comprised of 16 components, such as The Culture of Healthcare and Terminology of Healthcare. Offering this information for free allows this kind of health information to be readily available and accessible.

    Deeper LearningCommunity college training schemes in Health IT in US, an evaluation of results

  21. Creativity & Multicultural Communication


    CDL offers a free 13 week course that explores global communication. This MOOC focuses on improving creative communication, understanding communicative theories, and working with multicultural communication.

    Deeper LearningAn Insight to the Power of Creative Mind

  22. Open Online Experience


    OOE13 is a yearlong MOOC experience created for instructors of K-16 programs. It deals with the use of technology in teaching and learning and their importance in education, as well as overall development of professional knowledge.

    Deeper LearningLearning Topics

  23. Class Central Blog


    Class Central Blog has a straightforward layout that presents students the different blog posts and the best ways to go about using MOOCs to enhance education.

    Deeper LearningCan a MOOC Change the Environment?

  24. My Education Path


    My Education Path blogs about the advances in educational options for students as more material is made available for free online. The site highlights new features as they’re implemented.

    Deeper LearningCertification Exams directory brings new value to

  25. OpenLearning


    OpenLearning is an initiative focused on providing the best resources for expanding online education to people that may have not previously had access to it. The blog highlights the different ways they’re currently expanding to meet increasing needs.

    Deeper LearningOpenLearning Ranked 2nd on Anthill SMART 100

  26. H817 Open


    This blog is the main course blog for the Open University MOOC course in Openness in Education. This blog acts like a way to link and moderate learner participation.

    Deeper LearningHow Open Online Education Works

  27. OCTEL


    This course introduces teachers to the new technology available for classrooms. It can prepare instructors to introduce new methods and technology into their teaching.

    Deeper LearningAction Plan and Case Study Activities

  28. #OLTAK Online Learning and Teaching, Alaska MOOC


    #OLTAK Online Learning and Teaching, Alaska MOOC aims to help anyone interesting in moving beyond the traditional models for learning that have been the same essentially for hundreds of years.

    Deeper LearningFeatured Speakers

  29. Consumer Behavior MOOC


    Consumer Behavior MOOC from Textbook Videos runs a variety of classes with different content covered each week in 52 professionally-produced videos.

    Deeper LearningProducer Behavior Content

  30. Information Visualization MOOC


    Information Visualization MOOC partners with Indiana University to provide an overview on the state of the art in information visualization. The site breaks down what information is discussed week-to-week as well.

    Deeper LearningList of Clients

  31. Learning From Data


    Learning From Data is a great introductory Machine Learning online course taught by Caltech professor Yaser Abu-Mostafa. The lectures are taught via live broadcast and include a Q&A, homework, and a final exam.

    Deeper LearningTextbook

  32. Games MOOC


    Games MOOC is an interesting concept and it’s an open course designed for educators who want to learn more about games, simulations, and game-like environments for education.

    Deeper LearningGetting Started

  33. MOOC List


    This massive directory offers students a comprehensive listing of MOOC courses from universities and other institutions. It offers easy to use search features, where courses are indexed by topic, school, course length, or other criteria.

    Deeper LearningAcademic Partnerships

  34. DeakinConnect


    DeakinConnect is offering their first MOOC course. Their Humanitarian Response to 21st Century disasters teaches basic emergency response and discussing organizations involved in emergency response.

    Deeper LearningAbout

  35. Stanford Online


    Standard has dozens of free educational resources, courses, and initiatives through its new free online education portal. The same material that Stanford students have access to is available here.

    Deeper LearningAbout

  36. University of the People


    This tuition free university is dedicated to helping all students receive a higher education. Several online degrees are available, including Business Administration and Computer Science.

    Deeper LearningAre MOOCs for everyone?

  37. uneOpen


    UneOpen is Australia’s first open online institution that allows for students to also gain credit towards a university degree.

    Deeper LearningONE Degree

  38. University of Miami Global Academy


    The University of Miami Global Academy provides free online courses on Calculus AB/BC and details how to use MOOCs for those who never have previously. The site takes full advantage of the burgeoning MOOC movement and enables students to more adequately learn.

    Deeper LearningUM Global Academy

  39. Berklee Online


    Berklee Online is a comprehensive source for gaining a better music education online from one of the best music schools in the country. The site is highly regarded as one of the best online learning tools currently available.

    Deeper LearningOnline Courses



    These free, four week modules are open to anyone who registers. Students can take classes like project management, financial literacy, and more.

    Deeper LearningFree Subjects

  41. MOOC2Degree


    MOOC2Degree helps students who complete MOOC courses earn credit towards a degree with a participating university. Some partnering schools are University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, and University of West Florida.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us.

  42. WizIQ Courses


    WizIQ offers a comprehensive collection of free or inexpensive online courses. These courses increase professional skills and offer prep for standardized tests.

    Deeper LearningFeatured courses

  43. NovoEd


    NovoEd equips students with the resources to take higher level courses online, completely free, and promote a stronger educational presence of MOOCs. The goal is to enable a wider range of students to have the educational resources needed to succeed.

    Deeper LearningAdvanced Venture

  44. FutureLearn


    FutureLearn is a beautifully colored site with a minimalistic layout that is catered to individuals looking for new ways to further their education.

    Deeper LearningNews

  45. SyMynd


    SyMynd is a MOOC platform with a wide array of options for classes, but has a strong emphasis on marketing and technology-based coursework. The site aims to better promote online educational resources.

    Deeper LearningDigital Marketing

  46. 10gen Education


    This particular MOOC platform teachers students how to develop and administer MongoDB. Their courses were developed through a collaboration with MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley.

    Deeper LearningCurriculum Development for Online Ed

  47. iversity Blog


    This blog focuses on the creation and collaboration of MOOC programs. The blogger also talks about the different developments in the MOOC field.

    Deeper LearningFrom Good to Great – The Key to MOOC Success

  48. P2PU


    Peer to Peer University is a great resource for gathering more information pertaining to MOOCs and other eLearning materials. The site posts on different developments on MOOCs as well.

    Deeper LearningMechanical MOOC

  49. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education


    The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education has shared libraries and shared academics resources which serve students by providing them with new scholarly information. Their model is “inter-intuitional” and collaborative.

    Deeper LearningResources


MOOC Blogs & Info

The MOOC format is still relatively new, and many people involved in the industry are discussing the impact that MOOCs will have on higher education, traditional brick and mortar universities, and eventually employment and hiring practices. These blogs offer info on specific MOOCs, as well as discussion of the broader concepts behind MOOCs and online education in general.

  1. MOOCtalk


    MOOCtalk is run by Dr. Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford University, and he uses the blog to chronicle his experiences as he teaches MOOCs online. His blog highlights the particular setbacks and pitfalls of MOOCs, as they’re currently still in the early stages.

    Deeper LearningThe MOOC will soon die. Long live the MOOR.



    This blog provides a space to host all MOOC related theories and information. News and information about MOOC courses can be found here, as well as links to available courses and student forums where MOOC related discussions take place.

    Deeper LearningMOOCs for Beginners

  3. MOOC News and Reviews


    This blog honestly and candidly reviews currently running MOOC programs. It highlights the potentials and pitfalls of both individual courses as well as entire platforms, and helps students make decisions about their education.

    Deeper LearningEducation for All?

  4. MOOC Research


    This research initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to explore the effectiveness and potential of MOOCs. Projects submitted here are peer reviewed and will eventually be available through the Evidence Hub.

    Deeper LearningAnnouncing MOOC Research Initiative

  5. Degree of Freedom


    Degree of Freedom bills itself as an adventure in online learning and highlights different initiatives within MOOCs and their increasing prevalence into mainstream culture.

    Deeper LearningInterview with Huntington Lambert, Dean of Continuing Education at Harvard

  6. !12LOL!


    This blog explores the positive and negative aspects of MOOC courses and online learning. Run by a professor, she explores the ideas of lifelong learning, how digital design impacts learning, and learning strategies that help students.

    Deeper LearningMobile Learning

  7. Alt-Ed


    Alt-Ed documents news and initiatives relating to MOOCs and other alternative education projects. This includes highlighting any significant mention in academy news or other reviews.

    Deeper LearningHow MOOCs are getting money

  8. OpenMooc


    OpenMOOC is the coding language and software that helps build MOOC platforms. Just like MOOCs, it is free and collaborative.

    Deeper LearningTaking a Class in OpenMOOC

  9. Jenny Mackness


    The author of this blog discusses in detail the role of open education and how it may change the entire face of education. She focuses on the creative and social implications of open learning and how and if it affects an individual’s experience.

    Deeper LearningOld Globe MOOC

  10. MoocMoocher


    This blog serves to discuss the interesting and upcoming issues that have arisen in relation to MOOC classes. It tries to answer the question “What makes a successful MOOC?”

    Deeper LearningSynthesizing MOOC completion rates

  11. The Good MOOC


    This blog tracks changes, news, and announcements about MOOC courses and education. The blogger also lists courses that she has taken or is currently completing.

    Deeper LearningThe Power of Data in MOOCs

  12. Experiments In The World Of MOOCery


    The author of this blog used to write online courses. He now writes for distance learning courses and contributes to MOOC courses.

    Deeper LearningMy MOOC experience

  13. MOOCs Provider Directory


    This site directs students to MOOC providers and institutions. It divides the MOOC course providers by K-12, higher education, and “other” for easy searching.

    Deeper LearningOther MOOCs

  14. CourseTalk


    CourseTalk is a useful site that outlines many different courses, including ratings of the classes. They pull content from Coursera, edX, Udacity, and other sites.

    Deeper LearningPopular

  15. iTunesU Wiki


    iTunesU Wiki breaks down every possible source students have through iTunes to further their education and outlines the entire courses available in one place.

    Deeper LearningPages and Files

  16. Mooc Production Fellowship


    MOOC Production Fellowship awards 10 fellowships to enable people to work, create, and distribute MOOCs. The idea is simple and aims to promote further usage of MOOCs.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  17. Synergis Education Academic Operations


    Synergis develops online and hybrid education programs to serve the community of non-traditional and adult learners. Run by higher education professionals, their mission is to raise the standard for 21st century education.

    Deeper LearningWe Need Training

  18. Connectivist MOOCs


    Connectivist MOOCs provides a list of all the current and future connectivist MOOCs that will be available. Viewers can also suggest additions to the list.

    Deeper LearningSuggest an Addition to this List


Open Courseware

Open Courseware is course material on a specific subject that is made freely available by the owner of the material. Large universities and other education providers will often make some of their course materials available as OCW as a supplementary resource for students who are interested in the topic, but may not be able to fit the actual course into their schedule.

  1. National Repository of Online Courses


    The National Repository of Online Courses is a library of high quality, free online courses contributed from instructors and universities around the world. Their large list of classes covers an extensive number of subjects.

    Deeper LearningRepository

  2. Penn State Open Educational Resources


    These Open Courseware classes represent many of the same resources available to students who are registered in Penn State Classes. They are available to those who enroll through this OER site regardless of intention to pursue a degree.

    Deeper LearningContribute

  3. Sofia Project


    The Sofia project allows for faculty from different community-college institutions to contribute and donate their intellectual material for repurposing and free use.

    Deeper LearningCourse Gallery

  4. Connexions


    Both instructors and students can view modules of information here. Authors can create documents or contribute materials, and instructors can build custom collections of material into courses or reports for students to use.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us.

  5. UC Irvine Opencourseware


    UC Irvine Opencourseware blogs about the different ways the face of education is changing and what we can expect to see in the future. The blog highlights courses, materials, lectures, and other ways University of California – Irvine is becoming more involved.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  6. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative


    Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative allows for students to work online through particular aspects of medical school and the site promotes stronger open courseware work as well.

    Deeper LearningView Course List

  7. HippoCampus


    HippoCampus works with teachers to deliver custom digital and multimedia content to students for free. Through this site, teachers can personalize the learning experience and use up-to-date tools and technology.

    Deeper LearningFAQ

  8. iUniv TV


    iUniv offers over 100,000 of free video courses. These courses are great for self-learners who enjoy social and visual learning.

    Deeper LearningHow to Separate Fact and Fiction

  9. East West Coalition OpenCourseWare


    East West Coalition OpenCourseWare aims to shrink the gap, in numerous ways, through the implementation of different OpenCourseWare.

    Deeper LearningActive Collaboration

  10. OpenSeminar


    OpenSeminar is a collaborative platform that allows instructors to meet and work together on different projects concerning eLearning. It’s sponsored by some of the largest science and technology foundations in the country.

    Deeper LearningResearching Ethics

  11. Open Courseware Consortium


    The Open Courseware Consortium is a crucial resource for online learning, and it takes advantage of the rapidly developing technologies to facilitate a wider range of access for people who may have not typically had it. The site provides news, course information, and much more on how to become more involved.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  12. Open Course Library


    Open Course Library allows for a wide array of courses to be taken online. The site breaks down how to use them and also provides ample resources for successfully enrolling and gaining a better education.

    Deeper LearningGet Started


General Open Learning

The Internet has enabled a movement to coalesce around the idea that educational materials should be free and widely distributed for anyone who cares to access them. There are many sites providing access to open education resources, including lecture transcripts and recordings, textbooks, class syllabi, assignment rubrics, and educational material in any format that can be transmitted electronically.

  1. Dr. Geez Blog


    Dr. Geez Blog is a great source for technology, math, and educational resources. Particularly, the way that news is presented and the consistent updates on events pertaining to open courseware are interesting.

    Deeper LearningCourse Syllabi

  2. Learning Emergence


    Learning Emergence helps make online learning more intuitive by highlighting different events, people, projects, publications, and other tools for online learning. The site also keeps others up to date on local activities and events to become involved.

    Deeper LearningLearn

  3. Remaking the University


    Remaking the University is a great tool for looking at all the innovative new ways technology is changing the educational landscape. The site has many different facets to explore that further explain online education to anyone.

    Deeper LearningFaculty and Governance

  4. Inger-Marie C’s Blog


    Inger-Marie C’s Blog talks about different ways technology is changing the face of education and how netbased learning will end up revolutionizing the way people complete school.

    Deeper LearningI am an Open Learner

  5. Open Culture


    Open Culture offers free resources of all kinds including eBooks, films, textbooks, audio books, Harvard classics, and more. They also have a collection of 725 course lecture videos through YouTube and iTunes from universities all over the world.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us.

  6. Open Colleges Blog


    Open Colleges provides advice and insight to job seekers and employees. Through interactive blogs, relevant recommendations, and interesting statistics, their blog attempts to help students find or increase employment after graduation.

    Deeper LearningDoing a course for work? Here’s what you need to know.

  7. Dave’s Educational Blog


    This blog is dedicated to the digital age of learning and education. The author writes about the value of open learning courses, as well as other 21st century educational tools.

    Deeper LearningUsing Moodle with a student centered curriculum

  8. re-mediating assessment


    The authors of this blog are interested in looking at the methods of student assessment across education. They are particularly focused on assessment in the environments of online learning, open courses, and MOOCs.

    Deeper LearningDesign principles for assessing learning with digital badges

  9. EdSurge


    EdSurge is a useful resource for researching and understanding the operations of different educational initiatives around the world. They highlight interesting articles and the best ways to go about optimizing education.

    Deeper LearningWiki

  10. Pontydysgu: Bridge to Learning


    Pontydysgu: Bridge to Learning is an awesome source for online learning, focusing extensively on providing ample resources for open education and e-learning 2.0.

    Deeper LearningMultimedia

  11. Computing Education Blog


    Computing Education Blog regularly posts about different issues in education and how technology in particular is changing the face of the industry. The author of this blog is critical of the way that MOOCs work, especially in cases where pedagogical best practices aren’t or can’t be implemented because of inherent limitations of MOOCs. This writer’s analysis would be great reading for anyone looking to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of MOOCs.

    Deeper LearningMOOC posts

  12. MindShift


    MindShift is working to change how people learn and posts different articles concerning education and its relationship to technology.

    Deeper LearningBig Ideas

  13. OLE


    OLE is the Openb Learning Exchange and posts on developments in online learning and the best ways to implement contemporary developments in education.

    Deeper LearningVideo

  14. Doug Belshaw: Open Educational Thinkering


    Doug Belshaw works for the Mozilla Foundation, specifically with web literacies open badges. He posts different developments concerning the subjects, along with interesting presentations and eBooks.

    Deeper LearningStart Here

  15. OER Commons


    OER commons is a very user friendly site that allows for browsing of open education materials. The network makes extensive curriculum, training, and tools available for teachers and learners.

    Deeper LearningOpen Educational Quality Initiative

  16. eLearning Papers


    eLearning Papers focuses on expanding the exchange of information concerning eLearning in Europe by focusing on stimulating research.

    Deeper LearningeLearning Europa

  17. The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning


    The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning is an organization with an intent focus on propagating effective learning methods globally.

    Deeper LearningThe AAEEBL 2013 Annual ePortfolio Conference

  18. Teach the Web


    Teach the Web focuses on providing the resources necessary to successfully implement web-learning and MOOCs globally. Each week, they cover another facet of open learning.

    Deeper LearningGet Started

  19. OER Africa


    OER Africa is a leading resource for promoting better educational resources for Africans through different open educational resources.

    Deeper LearningOER In Action

  20. COERLL Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning University of Texas at Austin


    The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning is one of 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers founded by the US Department of Education. COERLL is responsible for producing and distributing OER language resources for the public.



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Open Educational Resources (OERs):Locating, Creating, Licensing and Utilizing OERs,

Why Open Education (and resources!) matters

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are the future of education, and that learners and educators everywhere benefit from their proliferation and use.The goals of OERs include defining OERs, demonstrating how to create and interact with them, and exploring how to include them in the teaching and learning processes.These OERs are openly licensed for reuse, usually through a Creative Commons license, which allows them to be integrated into any type of learning environment, including being printed and bound.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the different types and formats of Open Educational Resources and determine which are appropriate for their own Open Educational Resource development.
  2. Apply an understanding of free and open-access materials and peer production to their own Open Educational Resource development.
  3. Efficiently locate existing Open Educational Resources.
  4. Integrate existing Open Educational Resources into their own Open Educational Resource development.
  5. Construct an Open Educational Resource that assures copyright laws and ADA have been addressed.
  6. Choose and apply a Creative Commons License to their Open Educational Resource and understand the philosophy of sharing content.
  7. Apply and/or publish an Open Educational Resource within a classroom environment and/or repository.
  8. Accurately tag and/or establish the metadata for an Open Educational Resource.

Learning Outcomes:

You will be able to locate, modify, and/or develop, and effectively tag Open Educational Resources that will be integrated into the classroom or submitted to an Open Educational Resource repository.

Module:1 What is Open?

Open education, including Open Educational Resources, Open Textbooks, Peer Production, and Open Universities

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe what an open textbook is and how it can be used.
  • Describe the peer production process and how it contributes to openness.
  • Explore the concept of open universities and the various definitions of “open” in that context.

There is a lot of confusion over the differences between the terms “free” and “open,”when we use the term “free,” it means no financial exchange for the product or service. Some see “free” as in “freedom”; however, most people associate it with no charge, and this is usually the best interpretation of a service or resource that is labeled as “free.”

Open encompasses both “free” (as in no charge, as discussed above) AND free as in freedom to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute (the four R’s).

Open Content definition from David Wiley found at Wiley refers to open content as meeting the “4R’s”
  1. Reuse – the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim form (e.g., make a backup copy of the content)
  2. Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  3. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  4. Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

So, we can say  that free and open are really not one in the same, even though people will sometimes use them interchangeably.


Wiley, D.(n.d.). Defining the open in open content.Retrieved from

What is an Open Educational Resource? Why is the OER movement growing in popularity so quickly? Why would you want to use or create OER materials? How do you license OER materials?

In the first of this OER webinar series, Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons, will answer these questions and more in an interview by Mitchell Levy, CEO of Happy About. Cathy is formerly the Director of OER Initiatives at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She was also Senior Partner and the Vice President for Innovation and Open Networks at the Carnegie Foundation. Several OER collections will be reviewed including College Open Textbooks, Connexions, MERLOT and SoftChalk CONNECT.

Open Textbooks: A Brief Overview

Module:2  Creative Commons and Copyright 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of Copyright and Fair Use
  • Differentiate how and when to use the different types of CC licenses
  • Describe the decision making process related to selecting the “right” tool for the content and application
  • Discuss attribution and what needs to be considered when using work that has been licensed under CC
  • Use the CC license chooser when creating open content
  • Practice combining or “remixing” different types of open content

Copyright for Open Educational Resources

Creative Commons

Selecting the Correct Creative Commons License

Module:3 Locating and Evaluating Open Educational Resources

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore how to locate open educational resources.
  • Explore the difference between an OER repository and a OER list.
  • Evaluate open educational resources.
  • Perform an OER search and share the results of his/her findings.

Finding and Using OER: The Where and the When

Where can you find quality OERs? Where are they distributed, and where and when should you use them? Are they easy to find? What kind of standards (quality, accessibility, licensing) are relevant and why are they important?

OER Repositories and Lists

Locating materials in the OER Commons, Part 1

Creative Commons License 
Locating materials in the OER Commons, Part 1 by Mark McBride is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

Locating videos in the OER Commons, Part 2

Creative Commons License 
Locating materials in the OER Commons, Part 2 by Mark McBride is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

Searching Florida’s Orange Grove

Creative Commons License 
Locating materials in the Orange Grove repository by Mark McBride is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

Searching InTech 

Creative Commons License 
Searching through InTech by Mark McBride is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

Some other tutorials and YouTube channels on searching OER repositories

OER Commons

Orange Grove Channel on YouTube

Creative Commons YouTube Channel

Reference list of commonly accessed OER repositories and lists.   Also browse this link to Wikieducator’s OER Handbook for Educators:

 Module:4 Creating Open Content

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to use  a variety of platforms to create open content
  • How to incorporate OER into your curriculum
  • The steps you need to follow when creating open content

Things to be consider,

Creating new open content vs. remixing content

Before you begin to create open educational resources, it is important to understand the difference between between licensing content you have created entirely on your own and licensing content that is a remix of other works (peer produced).

Creating your own content:

What are you creating?
Who are you creating it for?
How are you creating it?
How open will it be? (keep in mind the technology you use to create an OER)

Creating content that includes works from others (Remixing):

The biggest concern when remixing is making sure that the items you are mixing together are licensed in a way that is compatible with each other.

Questions to ask:

  1. Does the item you want to use have an open license (ie. creative commons, GNU)?
  2. Are all of your items licensed in a way that are compatible with each other?
  3. How will you license your new remix so that it is a legal license?

This takes a little practice to understand. For example, CC-BY-SA can’t be remixed with CC-BY-SA-NC. If you’re not sure why not, you may want to consider completing Pursuit 2: Copyright and Creative Commons before completing this pursuit. There you will find an OER Remix game developed by David Wiley that will allow you to practice your OER mixing skills.

Creating OER: The WHO and the HOW

These questions, and more, will be answered by Rob Abel from IMS Global and others. In addition we will discuss different models for developing OER materials and demonstrate various authoring tools for creating OER content.  Models for OER development will include work by the math department at the College of the Redwoods. You will also see how Jacqui Cain from Tacoma Community College, as part of a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation grant, re-purposed Sherlock Holmes stories to create a full online course in Remedial English.

The OER series is sponsored by College Open Textbooks,ConnexionsIMS GlobalMERLOT and SoftChalk

Who is developing OERs? Who should be? How are they doing it? How can standards allow OER content interoperability? How can standards assure quality? How can I get started? How can I find the tools for creating OER content?


Audio and Podcasts:


Audio resources are an excellent alternative (or complement) to text resources.  When integrated correctly, they enhance the learning experience by providing a quick reference for students and a personal touch to the subject matter.

Audio files are commonly referred to as podcasts.  The term ‘podcast’ is a hybrid of two words: iPod, referencing Apple’s mp3 player, and broadcast.  However, an iPod is not required to listen to a podcast.  A podcast is simply a broadcast of a digital recording that is made for downloading or streaming to a personal computer or portible electronic device (1). Typically, audio files prepared for delivery for podcasts are encoded (compressed) using the .mp3 compression algorithm.


Audio resources can either be created by the instructor or the instructor can choose to integrate existing open-licensed audio files into courses.

Creating Podcasts

There are many free services that allow users to easily create podcasts.  One of the most popular open source applications is audacity, which is used in tandem with the  LAME mp3 encoder.

Here is an excellent Youtube video that covers the installation process for Audacity:

Also, there are a number of other Audacity and LAME tutorials available on YouTube.(2)

Once created, audio files can be given a Creative Commons license and submitted to an OER repository.  Not sure what Creative Commons is?  Consider completing the ‘Creative Commons’ pursuit within this course and then using/producing CC licensed music files in/for your OER.

Creating Screencasts

screencast is a video recording of computer desktop activity that may also include narration. Narrated screencasts can be integrated into instruction to provide step-by-step procedural guidance in using software applications.(3)

A sampling of free screencasting software includes:

Searching For (and Integrating) Podcasts

Since these files can be quite large, it’s important to consider how they will be hosted.


“Hosted” means the location where the audio file will be stored.  When working within higher education, how audio files are hosted will vary by institution.  Some institutions have streaming servers for audio and video, while others provide alternative space for faculty to store files.  However, in most cases audio files should never be stored directly within a learning management system like ANGEL or Blackboard, as this inflates the size of the course and makes it difficult to work with.

A third option that is institution-agnostic is to host audio files within the cloud.  The “cloud” (or cloud computing) refers to the use of networked facilities for the storage and processing of data rather than a user’s local computer.  Access to files, data or services is typically done via the Internet. (4)  So, in short, audio files can be developed, stored, and accessed within applications that automatically host and stream the content.

Services that allow for the easy storage of MP3 podcasts include:

Ipadio is especially useful because it allows users to create broadcasts from their phones.  It also automatically transcribes the podcast, allowing users to post a transcript of the session (thereby ensuring accessibility for all).  Read more about audio, video and accessibility here.

iTunes isn’t listed above because it acts as a directory service, providing listing updates for podcasts, rather than actually hosting audio files. See the iTunes “making a podcast” documentation for more information on RSS feeds (XML files that the iTunes Store processes in order to create podcast listings)

(1) podcast, n. Third edition, September 2006; online version June 2012. <;

(2) Licensed for reuse by Wikiversity under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (“CC BY-SA”) Content created by Teemu Leinonen and Hans Poldoja in

(3) PC magazine. online version January 2012 <,2542,t=screencast&i=60127,00.asp&gt;

(4) cloud, n. Second edition, 1989; online version June 2012. <;; Earlier version first published in New English Dictionary, 1891.

Video and Images:

 A picture says a thousand words – Images as OERs

Many of the concepts in this section of the pursuit mirror those within the previous page (Audio and Podcasts).  The following resources are provided to assist you in producing the highest quality multimedia OERs as possible, as well as ensuring that they are accessible to all learners.

Applications (Images)

Searching for Images

There are a number of ways to locate high-quality images that are licensed for reuse.  The best way to start is with a Creative Commons search:

It is important to note, however, that is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn’t been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.

This content licensed by Creative Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Flickr also has a portion of its site devoted to Creative Commons licensed images.  These images are sorted by license type, and are easily searchable.  Many are also editable using the tips provided below; just be sure to check the license before altering and re-licensing an image:

If you need help downloading a Creative Commons licensed image from Flickr, try this wikiHow article entitled, How to Find and Download Creative Commons Images from Flickr.   Content on wikiHow is shared under a Creative Commons License.

Finally, Google’s advanced search features will also allow you to isolate Creative Commons licensed images.  For a detailed tutorial on the three search types listed in this pursuit, view the video below:

Creating Images

Though this topic does not technically fall under the OER umbrella, you may find these tips on composition, display, etc. useful as you begin your journey creating OER images:

Once you have taken your photos or located your photos using the search tips provided above, you may want to edit your photos to better suit your needs before licensing or re-licensing.  Here are some suggestions for photo editing software (Please note that not all of these programs are free or open.  You will need to determine which is a proper fit for your needs).  

  • Adobe Photoshop Express – web-based image editing software
  • Gimp – powerful free image editor for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • GimpShop – GIMP modified with an interface similiar to PhotoShop
  • Paint.NET – image editor for Windows
  • Picasa – photo management and editing software by Google
  • Seashore – free image editor for Mac

Additional information on this topic can be found in the article “7 Image Editing Tools to Create Top-Rate Visual Content” by John Haydon, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported.

Once you’ve created your photos, you will want to license (or re-license) them using Creative Commons.  You may also want to share or redistribute them.  Here are some suggestions:

Websites for sharing photos under open licenses:

  • Wikimedia Commons – open photo and media database by Wikimedia Foundation
  • Flickr – popular photo sharing site owned by Yahoo, only part of the images are under Creative Commons licenses
  • CC Wiki – Featured Image Sites – image sites using Creative Commons licenses

This content licensed for reuse by Wikiversity under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (“CC BY-SA”)


–  (video) should be providing the visual counterpart of the literary essay, should arouse our dreams, satisfy our hunger for beauty, take us on journeys, enable us to participate in events, present great drama and music, explore the sea and the sky and the woods and the hills. It should be our Lyceum, our Chautauqua…and our Camelot. (E.B. White, 1966)

Locating video

Like images, there are many ways to locate quality video that is licensed under a Creative Commons license.  As with images, the best place to start is with a Creative Commons search of Youtube or Vimeo, two of the most popular sources for videos on the web:

Remember that search limitations apply (as discussed above in ‘Images’).  It is always the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the desired content is available under a Creative Commons license that allows for reuse and/or adaptation.

In addition to a Creative Commons search, there are a number of video databases that contain video licensed for reuse and/or adaptation.  However, it is important to remember that not all the videos on these sites are usable in OER.

  • Video Lectures – Hundreds of on-demand video lectures, most of which are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license
  • TeacherTube – Videos for teachers by teachers
  • – Click on the ‘Videos’ link for a database of older films sorted by topic.  Also offers an increasing number of newer films
  • Sutree – Aggregator of how-to videos from across the web
  • Scivee – Videos on publications and research across the sciences (Link to Brochure)

Licensed for reuse by Wikiversity under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (“CC BY-SA”)

Editing Video

Anyone can create a video using a digital recorder, camera, or phone and then upload it to Youtube or Vimeo, but open source video editing options are very limited at the moment.  Those services that do exist are very limited and often produce poor quality results.  We encourage members of the OER community to offer their experiences with using open source video editing software in the Community Area of the course (use the course menu to navigate to this area).  We will continue to update this section of the course as we obtain new information on the topic.

Creating Accessible Video and Audio

User accessibility must be considered when creating and licensing OER videos so that users all are able to access the information contained therein.  A brief overview of the basic principles of creating accessible audio and video can be found here.  The page also discusses a number of solutions for the closed captioning and/or transcription of audio and video.

You may also wish to explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning, which will assist you in creating fully accessible OER content.

Creating an Open Course:

If you are interested in creating an open course, you must first find a platform in which to place your content. A good place to start is wikieducator. They offer free workshops throughout the year related to the development of content in the wiki and the CC license. They have a large support network and will be there for you every step of the way.

You might also consider an open source or free Learning Management System, such as Blackboard’s Coursesites (the LMS used for this course), Canvas, or Moodle.  It is important to review the features of each of these systems to determine which would be important to you.  You can read more about our choice of Coursesites for this open coursehere.

By now you’ve realized it is easy to get overwhelmed. There is so much out there that you may suddenly feel you are drowning in information, resources and tools. Take your time, start simply and pick the resources and tools you feel comfortable with. When creating your course, start with the traditional steps. First, think about who your audience will be. Who do you expect to enroll in your course? Is it meant to be used within your college or will you open it up like a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?

Create a general outline of how you envision the course progressing, learning activities and what content you want to include. Then, slowly starting exploring what content is available and think about what tools you might want to use.

Another thing to keep in mind is the interest and demand for the development of OER as a way to make education more accessible. There are several grant opportunities available such as the Hewlett Foundations Grantseekers program.

Listen to this Google Hangout with Carol Yeager and Betty Hurley-Dasgupta from Empire State College as they discuss their experiences with developing and offering open courses and MOOCs:

Module:5 Open Access

Main source and references: