Open Access & Open Educational Resources
The aim of Open Access (OA) is to disseminate scholarly research free of charge. Its proponents believe that communicating the results of research is an essential component of the research process and that OA has the potential to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, encourage innovation and enrich education by reducing barriers to access.
Understand Open Access and Open Educational Resources
- Open Access 101 (Video)
- Open Access Explained! (Video)
- Open Access Directory
- Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS)
- Open Education Group
- Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub)
Find Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resource with these Discovery Tools
- Mason OER Metafinder searches sixteen collections of open resources in real-time, returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site.
- Open Professionals Education Network – links to discovery tools for open textbooks, photos, video, audio, and more.
- Open Textbook Library – a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
- MERLOT II – tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder web pages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material.
- Open Stax College – open textbooks for high enrollment college courses using the Connexions platform.
- Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons – open teaching and learning materials including full university courses, interactive mini-lessons, simulations, and electronic textbooks.
- Open Course Library – Textbooks, syllabi, assessments, in 81 high-enrollment college courses created by a Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) grant.
- Teaching Commons – Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes high-quality open educational resources such as textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more. Discover content by type of work or subject.
- Open Book Publishers – Award-winning enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research available to readers around the world. Includes a growing collection of monographs and textbooks in all areas.
- College Open Text Books Collaborative A collection of twenty-nine education organizations focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.
More Open Access Discovery Tools for Articles, Journals, Books, Theses, Dissertations, Multimedia and Data
- Digital Commons Network
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
- The OAIster Database
- Streaming Media on the Internet
- OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center
- Open Access Theses and Dissertations
- OpenDOAR Directory of Open Access Repositories
- Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
- Registry of Research Data Repositories
- ROAD – Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources
Make Your Own Content Open
- Considering joining a community of instructors creating their own content: Rebus Community Forum
- Creating, Editing & Hosting OER: Kirkwood’s Community College’s excellent guide to helpful tools.
- Jhangiani R. and Biswas-Diener, R., eds. (2017). Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. London: Ubiquity Press.
- Falldin, M. and Lauritsen, K. (2017). Authoring Open Textbooks. Minneapolis, MN: Open Textbook Network – Includes a checklist of considerations and sections on copyright, Creative Commons licenses, textbook organization, authoring frameworks, and publishing tools.
- Moxley, J. (Sept – Oct, 2013). Open textbook publishing. Academe. – the story of one instructor’s decision to create an open textbook.