MIT OpenCourseware

MIT OpenCourseware is an online repository with course materials for over 2340 courses developed for MIT’s online learning outlets. MIT OCW is widely used by educators and students both for developing/assembling course content and finding additional course materials to supplement learning. Courses are listed by topic, instructional approach, and materials. The OCW Educator helps users…

Equality Archive

Equality Archive is a multimedia open educational resource that documenta the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. Drawing on the Equal Rights Amendment (and its lack of success in Congress) as source of inspiration, Equality Archive contains multimodal (text/image/video) entries about feminist histories, people, and issues. You can search these issues,…

Best Video Resources

This Baruch CTL-developed resource explains how and why you would use Vocat, a video annotation tool, in your course. The site provides an extensive catalog of videos sorted by topic, from advertising and the Civil Rights movement to feminism and New York, that could be useful in a range of courses. Writing teachers will want…

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…

Smarthistory

Smarthistory is a Webby Award-winning OER textbook created by two professors who wanted to bring the artifacts of museums to students who couldn’t easily access them. Described as “a leading resource for the study of art and cultural heritage,” Smarthistory provides a comprehensive collection of videos, images, and essays organized around themes and approaches relevant to…

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…

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP Study Guide

This resource is for educators who would like to use the documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. Even if the film (available for purchase) or subject does not speak directly to your course content or goals, there are several excellent ideas for activities and discussion questions that could be adapted for courses…

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…

Folger Shakespeare Library

Located in Washington D.C., The Folger Shakespeare Library’s website hosts many useful resources geared toward teaching and learning the Bard’s work. There are  full teaching modules that focus on  commonly-taught Shakespeare plays. These modules contain lesson ideas, homework assignments, and assessments. The site also hosts a Teaching Shakespeare blog that discusses the way that teachers…