Finding More OER

What are Open Education Resources (OER)? OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge. Hewlett Foundation Open Education Resources opens in a new window. The OERN collaborative has organized a variety OER collections that can easily discovered at the Hewlett-supported OER Consortium and OER Commons opens in a new window as well as MERLOT's open educational digital library services and resources.

Finding OER Easily:

In addition to the Hewlett-supported OER, the OERN collaborative will integrate MERLOT opens in a new window (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching,) and other open digital libraries from around the world. MERLOT brings over 10 years experience in OER digital library services and has a federated search service that enable you to simultaneously search digital libraries from across the globe at opens in a new window including:

  • National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library (NSDL): USA's national online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
  • EdNA Online: Education Network Australia - Online network of education learning materials for Educators (Australia)
  • ARIADNE Foundation for the European Knowledge Pool - Foundation for the European Knowledge pool (Europe)
  • NIME Gateway to Learning for Ability Development A data retrieval service of e-learning courses and educational contents offered by higher education institutions (Japan)
  • comPADRE - Network of educational resource collections supporting teachers and students in Physics and Astronomy (USA)
  • IEEE Computer Society - IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (USA)

Other Open Digital Libraries in the Sciences

Biological Sciences LogoBiological Sciences Pathway opens in a new window Provided by BEN: BioSciEdNet at AAAS BEN Collaborative partner organizations provide access to over 4,700 reviewed resources covering 77 biological Sciences topics. BEN provides resources, tools, and professional development for educators at the high school and undergraduate levels. BEN is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Registration is required.

Connexions logoConnexions opens in a new windowA place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute. (USA)

Math Gateway logoMathematical Sciences Pathway opens in a new window Math Gateway is an online resource published by the Mathematical Association of America. The site provides online resources for both teachers and students of Mathematics that include: Convergence, a magazine that teaches Mathematics using its history; the Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (JOMA), a scholarly journal, plus; free classroom-tested and peer reviewed digital classroom resources.

ChemEd logoChemEd Digital Library opens in a new window Provided by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) The ChemEd DLib collaboration will include collections of the JCE DLib and the ACS Education Division. An innovative element of the project will use tables of contents of textbooks to locate resources. ChemEd DLib will create new communities centered around different educational levels (such as high school, undergraduate), provide resources in different sub-disciplines of Chemistry (such as physical), and different pedagogical areas (such as problem-based learning). Other project partners include the University of Wisconsin at Madison (JCE) and Carnegie-Mellon University (Chem-Collective project).

Finding OER in MERLOT's collections

This section of the website provides links useful for learning about Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Faculty Development, and more using online resources. University of Lucknow faculty can learn how peers in different disciplines are using digital learning objects and other online resources in their courses.. In addition, links to useful sites for teaching online are provided.

Scholarship of Teaching with Technology

MERLOT Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT): opens in a new page Free online articels on Strategies and outcomes for successful online learning and teaching.

Hewlett Leadership in OER

Discover a variety of OER collections provided by the Hewlett-supported OER Consortium opens in a new window and OER Commons opens in a new window

MERLOT Faculty Development opens in a new window

Welcome to the MERLOT Faculty Development Portal, the gateway to educational resources for all your teaching-with-technology needs.