CUNY Academic Works

This Open Educational Resources series collects research and instructional materials — from articles to original textbooks and syllabi — by the faculty of the City University of New York. Users can search by institution, author, or discipline. (Users can search across 913 disciplines!) For instance, Queensborough Community College has developed a number of math OERs…

Teaching Commons

This aggregate site compiles and organizes by subject open access materials from higher ed institutional repositories. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more. Visit Teaching Commons

HERB

HERB is a highly curated database of primary sources, assignments, and other teaching materials related to the social history of the United States. Most resources are designed to give an account of what life was like for “ordinary” people during important moments in US history.  It is run by the American Social History Project/Center for…

Art History Teaching Resources

Art History Teaching Resources is a peer-curated and populated site where instructors share lesson plans and resourcesrelated to art history. You will find a rich array of detailed syllabi, assignments, exams, image clusters, and video tours of important museum collections–a useful accessibility tool if students do not have first hand access to the art. This…

Open Stax

Developed as an open source educational technology initiative at Rice University, OpenStax provides free, peer-reviewed textbooks that cover topics for many of the nation’s highest enrolled introductory college courses.The platform’s first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and the library offerings have since expanded to include to more than 20 books for college…

Open Library

Open Library is an extensive catalog of published books. The goal of Open Library is to “list every book — whether in-print or out-of-print, available at a bookstore or a library, scanned or typed in as text.” The catalog contains over 20 million recorded books and the platform provides access to ~1.7 million scanned versions of books. If…

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg provides access to over 55,000 freely downloadable ebooks. The goal is to “encourage the creation and distribution of digital books, commonly known as eBooks, providing copyright free books for download via their website.” Check out the history and statistics of the project on the Project Gutenberg Blog. Visit Project Gutenberg Image source: Internet Archive

LibriVox Audiobook Collection

Volunteers from all over the world  have read and recorded various texts from poetry, to short stories, whole books, and even dramatic works, in many different languages, and released these recordings into the public domain. They can be found here for use in courses or just for fun listening. Visit the  LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection (part…

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive hosts a massive repository of digital media with the mission to “provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.” It began as a project to archive the Internet itself through the Wayback Machine, which now provides access to 20+ years of web history. Users and volunteers at the Internet Archive are ” building a…

Omeka

Omeka is a free, open-source publishing platform that displays library and museum collections, archives, and scholarly collections or exhibitions. Omeka provides a platform where scholars, students, library and museum staff and  digital collection systems can some together to build and share resources. Andrew Torget’s Video “Omeka in the Classroom” gives a very concrete example. We…

Open Culture

 Open Culture is an extensive repository of open “cultural & educational media on the web”. Resources available on Open Culture include: 1,250 Free Online Courses 1000+ MOOCs 1,150 Free Movies 700 Free Audio Books 800 Free eBooks 200 Free Textbooks 300 Free Language Lessons 150 Free Business Courses Free Courses Astronomy Biology Business Chemistry Classics/Ancient…

Teaching with Wikipedia Guides

Many students (and professors!) begin researching an unfamiliar topic by reading about it on Wikipedia. But how does Wikipedia actually work? Who can edit Wikipedia? And how does an editor craft language to be added in an entry? WikiEdu Guides help faculty create  assignments that use Wikipedia to engage students in knowledge production and develop…