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Open Educational Resources.

Online links to open educational resources (also known as reusable learning objects or open educational content), teaching and learning materials that can be used free of charge in accordance with conditions set out in Creative Commons or other licensing arrangements.

Introduction to OER

Youtube clip presented by Catherine Casserley of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation presenting an overview of open educational resources.

OER Commons

Key site for the sharing of OER, including K-12 and post-secondary content. Also incorporates a community forum for sharing information on OER.

JISC OER Programme

Information on funded projects (JISC/HEFCE/HEA) supporting open educational resources in UK higher education institutions.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation - Open Education Resources

Philanthropic funding for the development of OER globally.


iTunes online store for educational content. Requires iTunes software to access

Youtube EDU

Educational video content (caveat – scholarly credentials of this content cannot be assured).

MIT OpenCourseWare

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.

Biology Courses and Open Educational Resources

The Biology Courses website is the on-line presence of a nationally funded project that is part of the UK Open Educational Resource Programme (Phase 3, 2011 – 2012) run by the JISC / HEA. The project is called HALS OER – Health and Life Science Open Educational Resources and everything you see on the website is shared around the globe, openly and freely available to use.”