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Open Courseware Sites

Open Education Resources (OERs) provide teaching and learning materials that are freely available and offered online for anyone to use.


Online Education DatabaseThis Open Education Database site provides 80 open education resource tools for teaching and learning that is freely available for courses. Users have access to full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, activities, games, simulations, and tools to create these components.


The list provided includes 80 online resources that you can use to learn how to build or participate in a collaborative educational effort that focuses on publication and development of those materials. Although some choices focus solely on publication, development, or tools used to accomplish either effort, some provide multifaceted venues that offer communities a space to collaborate on one or all of these efforts.


Open Learning InitiativeThe OLI project, initiated by Carnegie Mellon, offers modules based upon crucial elements of instructional design grounded in cognitive theory, formative evaluation for students and faculty, and iterative course improvement based on empirical evidence. Each module undergoes scrutiny by OLI researchers who conduct a variety of studies to examine the effectiveness and usability of various educational innovations. Some courses are open, others are accessible to students with access codes. These courses are disseminated at no cost to individual students and at low cost to institutions.


The Open UniversityThe Open University (OU) is the United Kingdom's only university dedicated to distance learning. Through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership, the OU seeks to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open and distance learning.

 The latter development process is conducted through the OU's LabSpace, described as "the experimental zone for OpenLearn." LabSpace is designed as a community-led site, primarily for educators, providing a range of online tools to foster the concept of sharing and re-use of materials.


OSSLET - The Open Source Sharable Applet Collection allows students and others to utilize modules called "osslets" to bring the power of the open source movement from software development to curriculum development.

The curriculum materials accompanying each osslet are written in generally available formats – for example, Microsoft Word – and users are encouraged to modify them. Each osslet also includes at least one interactive component that uses either Macromedia Shockwave or Macromedia Flash.


visual understanding environment

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.

VUE’s unique pathways tool now supports the construction of interactive presentations. The pathways tool allows the presenter and audience to focus in on specific content while at the same time maintaining a sense of its overall context within a VUE map. VUE authors may also navigate their pathways in a linear or non-linear fashion, allowing for “just-in-time teaching” and more in-depth exploration of a topic.


Vegas Science TrustThe Vega Science Trust aims to create a broadcast platform for the science, engineering and technology (SET) communities, so that they can communicate on all aspects of their fields of expertise using the exciting new TV and Internet opportunities. Vega also develops broadcasts for the Internet and are actively expanding their library of archive recordings.


MIT Open courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare
is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.  MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

  • OCW is not an MIT education.
  • OCW does not grant degrees or certificates.
  • OCW does not provide access to MIT faculty.
  • Materials may not reflect entire content of the courseSMETE


The SMETE Digital Library is an online library and portal of services by the SMETE Open Federation for teachers and students. Here you can access a wealth of teaching and learning materials as well as join this expanding community of science, math, engineering and technology explorers of all ages. SMETE opens up the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology education to teachers and students anytime, anyplace.

We invite you to explore, share, discuss and learn at our Engineering Pathway and SMETE digital libraries.


Research ChannelResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that connects a global audience with the research and academic institutions whose developments, insights and discoveries affect our lives and futures.

ResearchChannel is now available to more than 40 million satellite and cable television subscribers worldwide. The channel is also available on 70 university and school-based cable systems in the United States and in other countries.

Go to researchchannel.org for more information and to access thousands of videos online.

Also see the Research Channel on YouTube.



The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 100 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

The OpenCourseWare Consortium has also partnered  with the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) to maximize and expand the impact of opencourseware to community college students, faculty and learners worldwide. CCCOER represents an important voice in higher education, having over 200 affiliated community colleges that are interested in the benefits of open sharing.

OER Commons

OER Commons is the first comprehensive open learning network where teachers and professors from pre-K to graduate school can access their colleagues' course materials, share their own, and collaborate on affecting today's classrooms.

It uses Web 2.0 features (tags, ratings, comments, reviews, and social networking) to create an online experience that engages educators in sharing their best teaching and learning practices.



NEEDSNEEDS is a digital library with links to online learning materials in engineering and related areas of science and math. They currently partner with TeachEngineering in the development of the Engineering Pathway, a portal to a comprehensive collection of resources for all types of engineering education.

They also offer the Premier Award annually for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware to recognize high-quality, non-commercial courseware designed to enhance engineering education.



MERLOT (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Teaching online) maintains its currency through ongoing and continuing communication with its worldwide supporters in a variety of ways, including the annual MERLOT International Conference, the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT), member publications, and news.

The Web site contains leading edge, user-centered, searchable collections of peer reviewed, higher education, online learning materials created by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.

 Academic EarthACADEMIC EARTH:

Academic Earth was founded with the goal of extending high-quality online learning opportunities to people around the globe.

Academic Earth provides an online video service offering a selection of courses, lectures, and other content (collectively, "Content") available on the http://academicearth.org/ website.


OPALThe overall aim of OPAL is to support open educational practice. This will lead to greater effectiveness of teaching and learning by enhancing the quantity and quality of open educational resources that can be incorporated into higher education and further education provision.

Definition of open educational practices: Open educational practices (OEP) is defined as use of OER to raise the quality of education and training and innovate educational practices on an institutional, professional and individual level.


open coursewareThe Open Educational Quality Initiative (OPAL), with the support of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), European Foundation for Quality E Learning (EFQUEL) and several European universities, is a consortium which works to promote the production, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) in higher and adult education.



Multimedia Training Videos is a series of completely free and open educational resources for learning a variety of multimedia and ICT tools. It was created by members of the MSc in Multimedia. The project is a joint collaboration between Joint Information Systems Committee-JISC, Higher Edcuation Academy and University of Westminster Education Initiative Centre.