Open Educational Resources Used in Various Colleges and Universities

These lists and links are harvested from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources list serve ( ) conversations and a few other sources.  This is a work in progress and will grow as more suggestions come in.


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Looking for all types of content for Intro to Archaeology and Magic, Folklore and Healing, aka Magic, Witchcraft and Religion or Magic, Myth and Healing for an Anthropology colleague of mine.  
One of our instructors shared her materials for the Magic course in Canvas Commons.  I think this link will work:
If not, search commons for “magic, witchcraft and religion” and the course should come up.


We list a selection of Anthropology Open Access and OER here as well.

I have an anthropology instructor who is seeking a quality text on taxonomy and behavior of primates for an introductory anthro course. He already has Our Tribe from OpenSUNY but would like something specifically on primates. He is also seeking a concise OER on evolution. 

I am one of the managing editors for a new peer-reviewed, mulit-authored, open access introduction to biological anthropology textbook that will be coming out in the Fall of 2019 (produced in part by the Society of Anthropology in Community Colleges and the American Anthropological Association). It will be a comprehensive text that can be used for four-field introductory courses (in conjunction with the new open access Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology< > textbook) as well as biological anthropology courses. If he would like to get on our email list of the first to have access and receive notice of the completed text he can send us his email.

Below are some of the resources I use for Evolution in my Biology course. 
Berkeley has a great Evolution tutorial (and lots of other great content).  It’s not Open, but you can link to it for free. This is probably the best of these resources for straight evolution. They have lots of great stuff.
OpenStax Concepts of Biology.  This is their book for non-majors. They also have a book for majors if you need more depth in the evolution sections.   [You can pick out the specific chapters]
CK-12 Biology.  This site covers material for Kindergarten through college; so the depth of coverage varies greatly. They have a long list of concepts; search for evolution within.  I have found that students really like this resource and it’s nice that you can build a piece that just covers evolution
LearnGenetics has some great resources.  These are not Open, but you can link to them for free.
HHMI BioInteractive also has some great resources. Again, not Open but free.


Looking for all types of content for Intro to Archaeology and Magic, Folklore and Healing, aka Magic, Witchcraft and Religion or Magic, Myth and Healing for an Anthropology colleague of mine.  
One of our instructors shared her materials for the Magic course in Canvas Commons.  I think this link will work:
If not, search commons for “magic, witchcraft and religion” and the course should come up.


Cultural Anthropology

Hi there, during this year our anthropology program is piloting the new OER (open sourced) Intro to Cultural Anthropology text that is published by our Society for Anthropology in the Community College (SACC) colleagues:
Critique: We've found it is a mixed bag; some of the chapters are quite good, others are really bad, some are entirely superfluous for an intro text. We have been ensured that SACC plans to do a much better job with the 102 text. Our colleague Joylin Namie will be a co-author and I've spoken with the editors about our concerns for the 101 text.
Question: Our plan is to supplement the existing SACC OER 101 text by substituting better chapters from other texts for some of the topics. How much of any non-OER published text can we copy/PDF and provide to our students online through Canvas without getting in trouble with private publishers or the law? I've heard the number is 3 chapters, but I want to be sure. I want an official answer based on what is known to be legal and professionally ethical at this time. Our goal is to make this work, to finalize an acceptable text for our ANTH 101 students, and move forward not having to worry about legal or ethical issues. Thanks in advance for your advice.

I am one of the authors of this textbook and I can assure you that the second edition of Perspectives is in progress. In it, there will be a new introduction chapter and changes to some of the other chapters. I know that SUNY anth faculty have adapted and changed some of the textbook chapters to better fit their needs. They may be willing to share with you what they produced from thePerspectives text. It may work as a stop gap until the second edition is completed sometime next year.

I am also one of the editors for the new SACC biological anthropology textbook: Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology. I hope Joylin Namie won’t mind me saying that she did indeed write a marvelous chapter for Explorations. The completed volume will be available by Fall, 2019.
All the best,
Katie Nelson, Ph.D.
Instructor, Anthropology
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator 
(Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Chair, Teaching Anthropology Interest Group, AAA
Communications Coordinator, General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association
Online Content Editor, Teaching and Learning Anthropology Journal
Inver Hills Community College
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55056
Office: Fine Arts Building, Room 157
Phone: 651-450-3492

Physical Anthropology

Can anyone recommend texts/mash-ups for an introductory Physical Anthro course (not cultural anthro).

We can recommend the Open SUNY Textbook The History of our Tribe: Hominini. It may not be a full answer to everything in the physical anthropology course but will be a good starting resource.

The Arts

Art Appreciation

We have an instructor who would like to go textless in her Art Appreciation course. Do any of you know of any great OER textbooks and resources for this discipline? Also, it would be great to know where to find copyright free images of artworks. I know that some museums have released photos of artworks under a Creative Commons license. I would appreciate any college level art resources that are also accessible.

I have an instructor using smarthistory.

Wikimedia Commons has access to copyright free artworks. I don’t have a textbook source, but that’s a good place to start for the slides.

This is what first popped to mind for me: Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC0:

I have not used this resource, but it looks pretty solid:

We are using this open textbook for our Art Appreciation course:

The instructor may find some ideas here:
And an aside, the instructor may also be interested in this new OA journal, Art History Pedagogy and Practice:

Introduction to the History of Modern Art (OER)  was developed by Prof. Sharon Jordan at Lehman College (CUNY):

Our Art History LibGuide lists many OA sources under "Websites":

Art History

I’m looking for an Art History OER to replace Gardner’s “Art Through the Ages.” Any ideas?
You might find one of these a good replacement: Pacific Northwest HistoryThe BC Open Textbooks collection has the Canadian History Pre-Confederation.  This was just published last year and may have some content of interest.

Try these, mostly primary resources:
The Tacoma Public Library has a robust Northwest Room:
as does Seattle's:

Our Art History and Music (Appreciation) instructors are looking for OER collaborators, and we appreciate it if  you would help us with suitable connections.
Our Art History professor was the curator of Getty Villa, and joined our college as a full time instructor few years ago.  He is looking to replace his expansive Art History and Art Appreciation books.
Our Music professor was a professional guitar player and member of a band.  He also joined our college as a full time instructor few years ago.  He is looking to replace his Music Fundamental book. 

I suggest you search the CCC OER Advisory listserv if you haven’t already:!forum/cccoer-advisory
And if you are not finding something suitable, you may want to post what you’re colleagues are looking for there.

I was visiting today Dr. Jones of Boise State University who is working on an Art History OER. I’m wondering if anybody else is working on such a project or would like to use one…Any ideas?
You can see what's in use in Oregon at this link:
Have a look at  - that
course will have some resources he can use.

Many instructors use the resources from smarthhistory/Khan Academy which are very good to reinforce concepts.  However, I believe those narratives are intended for AP Art History in High School.
Sometimes I feel our students need a bit more depth or comparison pieces to understand the techniques, style and cultural context.

Gosh, I have to disagree with this assessment of It's designed for  introductory college level courses, and I think perfectly well pitched for community college students. It is not a stand-alone option, to be sure, but may well get there in time. I am a big fan and encourage anyone interested in art history OER to check it out.

I’m on the hunt for materials for a  Modern Art History class (late 19th and 20th century art). From previous listserv conversations I have found these comprehensive texts. Thought I would do another inquiry to see if anything new has come around.
I think the hardest part for your project is going to be finding images and artworks that can be used for discussion. You might try these museums for images of artwork:
The MET:
The Rijks Studio at the Rijks Musuem:

The Open University might have some useful material for you:

Digital Arts

Does anyone have any recommendations for OER materials for Digital Art?   

I'm not sure if this quite meets your need, but you could check out:   

Interior Design

I am on the hunt for resources for Interior Design.  I reviewed the archives and didn't see anything.  Does anyone know Interior Design faculty who are using OER.  The department chair is very interested in making her classes no cost and asked for resources for 4 different courses.
AutoDesk offers a TON of resources including full software installations FREE for students, educators and educational institutions.


One of my colleagues is interested in adopting an OER for his intro to Film course.  Do any of you have suggestions for him?

 Rich Edwards at Ball State produce a MOOC a couple of years ago on Film Noir. It’s at Not sure if it’s categorized as OER but you could contact him directly to gain ideas.
 Film is one of the areas where I haven't found a go-to OER resource to recommend. This is what I recently sent an instructor:
- Chapter 8 of a Saylor textbook on media and culture:
- Search for "film" or a more specific keyword relating to a weekly learning objective, with the education level drop-down menu set to "community college"
- Use a whole book or book chapters from the library's e-book collection, but check with a librarian first to make sure that the e-book license will support this kind of use and potential printing.
She replied that she found a useful resource in OER Commons:

Graphic Arts

Is anyone using a fabulous Graphic Arts OER?  If so, please share with Dan and myself.

Hi Neil, would this one work?

Introduction to Art

I have new adjunct professor who is looking for a textbook for her art class and was wondering if anyone can recommend a title/s?. Her class is  Introduction to art .If you need more information, I can provide. This is will be her first to use an OER.

I have a couple of faculty who are using and really like this text.
Introduction to Art-082817 ( )
One of them couples the above with this text to include elements of equity and inclusion in the course.
Introduction-to-Design-Equity-1547573587 (  );

Modern Art

I’m on the hunt for materials for a  Modern Art History class (late 19th and 20th century art). From previous listserv conversations I have found these comprehensive texts. Thought I would do another inquiry to see if anything new has come around.

I found this book, which covers the time periods for my Modern Art History course:  
Gardner's Art Through the Ages -- however, it's a 2nd edition and was published in 1986:
While there are more recent editions, they don't cover the time periods that I need to cover in this course. I am also under the impression that if I use Marilyn Stokstad's book (most recent, for example), I can use up to one entire chapter for a reader compilation. Are these correct guidelines for putting together a collection of readings?

Music Appreciation

I have a colleague looking for resources in Music Appreciation. Do you have any recommendations? 
There are two OER in use in Oregon that you might want to check out:
Music Appreciation by Ronda Neugebauer,
Understanding Music: Past and Present,

There is a Music Appreciation course from Central Virginia CC developed by Linda Kobler. You may want to get in touch with her

Music Theory

I’m having trouble finding good OER materials for a Music Appreciation Course. Suggestions? 
Try  and other similar links in the public course catalog 
In case you haven't seen these:  

Open Music Theory is in use at Portland Community College. Some chapters could be appropriate for a music appreciation course.

Music History

I have an instructor of a large course on the history of popular music looking for OER (or even just publicly available) to use in place of a commercial textbook. 

This might be helpful - but most likely does not cover the entire course.
A Quick and Dirty Guide to Art, Music, and Culture
Full Text:

A few weeks ago, I came across this (condensed) book online at the IIP site for the U.S. Dept. of State,  . It's a freely available book (not OER and not in the public domain) that's been condensed from its original publication -- but still comes to 100 pages with 12 chapters -- about the history of American popular music. It wouldn't cover the whole course, but might be a viable option for the topic of U.S. popular music?

I forwarded this to our music department chair.  Here's his response, FYI: 

"This is a condensed version of an older (ten years old) edition of the book we actually require for our course (Starr and Waterman's American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3  (this is a condensed first or second edition, and we are going to use the 5th edition as soon as it arrives in the next week or so).  ...  It might be suitable for a high school level course, but even that is doubtful, as it is now quite out of date.   

The full book runs to over 500 pages, not including appendices and the index, and instead of the extensive photo galleries in this PDF, there are five to six listening guides in every chapter that walk students through a specific recording of a song.  The new 5th edition will have a website that provides streaming audio so that students know that they are listening to the music that the book is actually referring to." 


I'm looking for OER connected to a course focused on 20th Century Theatre, and I'm wondering if any one knows of good resources for either modern drama history, or literature resources that cover things like realism, naturalism, absurdism, etc in ways that touch on theatre. This is another professor that would like to use OER to add a more global perspective (yay!) especially adding resources on theatre in Africa and India. 
I have found Theatrical Worlds, and I think that will be helpful, but I'd like to see if there is anything else out there, and I'm having trouble finding resources that give background information on recent theatre history. 

I don't know if this exactly hits the mark, but Cleveland State has been working on an interactive book:

Does anyone know of users of this Open Source Theatre textbook?

The SUNY system has several faculty using it, including adopters at SUNY Oswego and Buffalo State College. Our faculty draw from the version available through the Open Textbook Network, which includes reviews from faculty nationwide:

Faculty at Linn-Benton Community College also use this book in TA 147: Introduction to Theater. Here's the entry on Open Oregon's resource page. I'm happy to provide further contact information off list.

Visual Literacy

Does anybody have any resources for visual literacy?
I really like this TED Ed lesson to remind students that visual literacy is both useful in the arts, but also in real-world situations.



I have faculty on our campus adopting Open Stax Concepts in Biology -- one got in touch today to ask about more materials than what she has found either at Open Stax faculty resources or in the Open Stax hub on OER Commons. If you know of something great that's in use on your campus, will you send me the name of someone to put her in touch with? 
Deb, have her get in touch with Lumen about our faculty resources for Biology. We provide these free to verified faculty. Just have her click on Request Access under Faculty Resources at

 Anatomy & Physiology

Looking for open resources in anatomy and physiology lecture and lab materials. 

We have found the OpenStax for A & P.  
The Lumen resources are based primarily on the OS books with additional resources (like videos and self-checks) included throughout. You might also check the Noted Anatomist YouTube channel - . My understanding is that these will be openly licensed soon.

This one is from down under…Human Physiology:  The permission is pretty strict, but still…

I'm writing on behalf of an Anatomy & Physiology instructor who is considering switching to OER but concerned about access to high-quality images. She would also be interested in connecting with other instructors doing similar work.  So far we are aware of: 
- OpenStax textbook and its instructor guide
- Anatomy Zone:
- Mt Hood lab/homework:
Any other recommendations would be appreciated!

Amy - have her look at the content on which LFCC created with a DOL TAACT grant.  Free to register and save items; lots of resources that are free & open.

Thank you for sharing Anatomy Zone – that’s much better than anything I’ve been able to find for our folks.

If she’s looking for specific images (rather than a full ready-to-go set) and is willing to spend the time, the links below have some great options.
This is pictures from research papers. So, a lot of them are too detailed – but with good keyword use, there are some truly amazing pictures.
For example:
I’ve actually found lots of great images here for my biology classes.  Not fancy, but my favorite site.
This has more basic pictures that are meant for the general public.  Search and then select “images” under “more”
Also a good image search

The instructor that contacted me has decided to work with the Oregon State University adaptation of the OpenStax A&P book (currently under revision at: ).
I got a TON of other suggestions, which I've listed below. Many thanks to everyone who replied!
- Human anatomy, including structure and development and practical considerations by
- PHIL (Public Health Image Library):
- Figshare has collections of illustrations. Try a search for “anatomy illustrations?”
- Wikimedia Commons:  
- Wellcome Collection:
- Antique Anatomy:  (these are PD images, so they may be too old to be useful)
-  This is pictures from research papers. So, a lot of them are too detailed – but with good keyword use, there are some truly amazing pictures. For example:
-  This has more basic pictures that are meant for the general public.  Search and then select “images” under “more”
-  Interactive diagrams and text about human anatomy. Navigate by clicking on either table of contents or diagrams. Some diagrams are available in 3D with the ability to zoom and rotate.
-  Interactive textbook on anatomy and neuroanatomy. Requires Shockwave plugin, so doesn’t work in Google Chrome. Traditionally copyrighted—you can send your students to look at it but can’t make your own copy.
-  Another interactive textbook. Easier to navigate but not as comprehensive as the previous one. Includes quizzes.
-  An open anatomy textbook. Available online for free or as a print-on-demand. Instructor supplements available if you create a login. (As a side note, OpenStax books are usually very high quality!)
-  and  A set of two open textbooks on anatomy and physiology. The first one includes self-check questions and quizzes. Comes with instructor resources if you contact Lumen Learning to verify that you are an instructor.
-  An open anatomy and physiology textbook in HTML format. Very easy to navigate.
-  Interactive Anatomy & Physiology open textbook. Clearly states learning objectives, has embedded self-quizzes, and saves student progress with a free login.
-  Open textbook in PDF format. Not as interactive as some of the others, but has nice diagrams.
-  Open encyclopedias and atlases of anatomy. Most have detailed diagrams.
-  A very extensive set of videos of a human corpse dissection. Not streaming videos; they have to be downloaded (in .mov format).
-  Set of videos of 3D models with narration. Requires a free login.
-  Anatomy review games
-  Blank and labeled diagrams of molecules, bones, cells, blood vessels, the digestive system, the endocrine system, the immune system, and more
-  Photographs and self-quizzes for human anatomy, cells/tissues/organs, and neuroanatomy
-  Self-quizzes with unlabeled diagrams.
-  Games and exercises
-  This open anatomy course uses entirely OERs.
-  Just diagrams. Straightforward to use, but not the most attractive web design.
-  Labeled photographs of a plastic human anatomy model. Again, not the prettiest web design.
-  Diagrams with explanatory text. More terrible web design.
-  Open textbook on human osteology.
-  Light-up diagram of a human male skeleton. Site also has skeletons of other primates for comparison.
-  Extremely in-depth coverage on the human eye.
-  Side-by-side comparison of a brain scan and a brain model. Requires Javascript.
-  Several pages of brain scan labeling exercises
-  Neuroanatomy diagrams
-  Interactive diagrams of the respiratory system
-  Detailed interactive diagram of the larynx


I am putting this out there hoping someone might know the answer to this question. We have a Anatomy and Physiology Lab instructor who is looking for materials for an OER textbook that she wants to create. We are helping her search for 2 labs: 
1. Fetal Pig Dissection lab instructions
2. Fetal Pig Heart Dissection lab instruction
We've looked at Galileo and Lumen Learning. Does anyone know of any other resources?


I have a faculty member in dire need of resources for her Anatomy and Physiology course as the bookstore has a backlog on the required text, can anyone assist? 
Here's what we have in MERLOT. Lots of textbooks.

The easiest solution is A&P by OpenStax. There are supplemental resources and even more in OERCommons.

We have some anatomy materials in the UND Scholarly Commons at   under Open Educational Resources.  
We have used the OpenStax A&P book for both our Intro to A&P (BIOL105) and our A&P1 and A&P2 series but we modified each chapter to fit the lower level (The OpenStax book is higher than 100 or 200 level).  I have each chapter in a Word document, modified to fit our goals and objectives.  If you want them, I'd be glad to share the files with you and you can edit anyway you want.  I have embedded a few things - links to videos and quizlets I created about each topic.  

Libretexts has the OpenStax and Boundless books as well as books on animal anatomy and other supplementary materials

Josh Halpern
Dissemination Team Chair

I have an Anatomy & Physiology Instructor looking for interactive/adaptive resources that replicate the experience of Connect, from McGraw-Hill.
He said “the abundance of opportunities to provide practice, repetition, and immediate feedback is something I haven't yet seen from an OER resource yet”.

I know that at last year’s Effordability Summit at Stout there was a faculty member out of Minnesota who had designed an A&P lab for OER.
His name is Rahul Kane from Century College and his talk was called “Creating and Teaching a Completely Online Two Semester Lab Course in Anatomy and Physiology.”
Bob Butterfield may know more, but I would think you could get in touch with Dr. Kane directly via the campus website.

 believe the faculty member was using LRNR (   )  
A faculty member at UND, Dr. Ethan Snow, has designed an Anatomy Lab Manual for 2nd year anatomy courses.  It’s at  .  He’s been using it for at least 2 years.  I honestly don’t know anything specific about it – I haven’t worked in medical libraries in many years, and have never taken an anatomy course – but Dr. Snow is very approachable.

One request which I haven’t had any luck finding are separate anatomy and physiology OER.  I have discussed with the instructor the beauty of OER is the ability to separate and re-create as you want but he wants me to check and see what’s already out there.  Anyone have any such resources? 
See the Anatomy section of our OER by Discipline Guide for resources.

I tried to indicate where appropriate that materials would need to be reviewed as far as using it under the Fair Use act. I have removed any options that may be questionable for content and below are the remaining items that are either under CC or are Open Access and for educational use.    -- free but not open licensure – look at every item individually    - Complete YouTube playlist for A & P all under Creative Commons    -- This is a book option where you can request access for instructors where the instructor will be vetted to gain access to the resources including PPTs and a question bank. Students will also have separate resources. 


lab materials for assignments:  

One of our tenacious faculty here at Skyline College has been revising and remixing an OER Human Anatomy lab manual that just came through my in box this week (it will be shared via the VRC shortly). Of note, Human Physiology lab manual is undergoing final edits & will be available for sharing soon.


Just wondering if anyone has any leads on OER for botany.  Other than a lot of PD books on Project Gutenberg I can't seem to turn anything up.

We start building in this area a few months ago, but a lot more is needed:


I am putting together a list of potential open textbook options for a community college ecology course. Here is the course description:
An introduction to the interactions between living organisms and their physical, chemical and biological environment. Several levels of ecological organization are examined. These include the study of different types of populations, communities and ecosystems. Topics include population structure and growth, species interaction, energy flow, nutrient cycling, succession, and applications to current environmental management issues.
So far I’ve found some potentially useful, remixable resources, but no single open textbook that touches on most of these topics. These include:
·         OpenStax: Biology, Unit 8 (“Ecology”)
·         MIT OpenCourseWare courses: Fundamentals of Ecology and Ecology I (lecture notes, assessments
·         Wikibooks: Applied Ecology
·         Boundless: Biology, chs. 44-47 

Below is a list I put together for our “Sustaining Life on Earth” course. This class does cover ecology and is taught by the Biology Department, but it leans a bit more towards the political than a traditional ecology course.
The following texts can all be modified, remixed, and combined:
              you could pull ecology from both the Bio book (majors level) and Concepts (non-majors)
              These are part of the OpenStax platform so it should be easy to build in with what you find above
              This is actually for K-12 but the HS content is very good.  I use this in my GE classes and the students really like them. In addition to the textbook there are activities, videos, etc. 
              Example of a text:
              This focuses more on society rather than science, but there may be some interesting things here.
The following are free but not Open (meaning you have to use their site)
              I don’t know much about this site, but it seems to have some good content. I can find out more if you like what’s here
              I’m not sure if this is adaptable or not (it might be)
Random bits:
              This is written by students; but it might have some interesting idea
              these are mostly highly specialized but there are some great reads here! They all have free PDFs online (but they have to be used as is).
              these may be too complicated for students; but fun summer reads for you :)


I just received a phone call from an instructor (and the department head for Plant Science) who is looking for OER on forest ecology. A colleague of his teaching statistics in that department told him about OER and he wants in on this. Does anyone have anything on forest ecology?

So the two areas that the prof might want to check out are chapters from:
British Columbia in a Global Context
Physical Geology
…oh one more! Open Oregon’s 
Forest Measurements: An Applied Approach

A professor is interested in finding an OER text/course for a General Ecology undergraduate course that also supports field work, if possible.  A prerequisite of the course is biology.  Any leads on existing resources or projects in the works will be greatly appreciated. 

We have put together a list of Biology Resources for undergraduate level here:
The resources are divided by class type.  There is “Ecology” under the GE level; but the instructor may also want to look at the Ecology for majors further down the page.


I’m helping a professor locate OER for a genetics course. She’s worked with a reference librarian and has found some material; however, most of it is below the academic level of her course.

 I've found that InTechOpen has some higher level scientific books, though they are often more focused than a traditional textbook - . I have a professor reviewing some texts for her Biochemistry class but none in genetics as of yet. Though I did a quick keyword search and there are titles in the collection!


I have a Psychology professor who is looking for OER material for an upper level course on Gerontology.  Preference would be for something like a traditional textbook, but any and all suggestions would be appreciated! 
A colleague in Gerontology uses our library subscriptions through Springer Publishing eBooks. She recommends checking with the library to see what they have available.


Looking for an open text for an introductory Horticulture course.   "...a general background in horticulture plant growth and development. Areas include the production, utilization, and marketing of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, floriculture, landscaping, turf, and nursery."

A search of MERLOT yielded:

Human Biology

Hi all, I have an instructor looking for Human Biology.  I’ve shown her these:
Free Anatomy Videos
Anatomy & Physiology Lab Homework and Reference Materials
Does anyone know of anything else?

We have an Anatomy manual in our OER section of our institutional repository, at  - just go down to the Anatomy Lab Manual.

 Butte College just finished their Human Bio text (probably same C-ID #) on the LibreTexts (Bio library):
This is remixable like all other content on our library if it doesn't 100% fit your purposes.

Here are a few more resources for Human Biology curated by a CA Academic Senate project:   

Lab Books

Can anyone let me know if there is a biology lab book online that is part of open access?
Open Oregon's grantees have made some biology resources, including lab packets. The content is in OER Commons:
I’m forwarding a message from Suzanne Wakim, Biology Instructor, OER Coordinator, and much more at Butte College, CA.

I haven’t used any of these, so I don’t know much about them. But, some options that looked good after a quick glance through:
These look like a traditional lab manual for f2f labs for a GE Introduction to Biology Course.
These also look like a good lab manual for f2f.  But, they are pdfs so adaptation might be more challenging
Another lab manual:
 Our Biology department has an amazing collection of images.

Here is the link and description:  

Link to the BCC Bioscience Image Library:

The BCC Bioscience Image Library is a media file repository of images and video clips made available to educators and students in the biological sciences. The resources are created by faculty, staff and students of Berkshire Community College and are licensed under Creative Commons 0. This means all content is free, with no restrictions on how the material may be used, reused, adapted or modified for any purposes, without restriction under copyright or database law.

About the Images

The Biology Image Library is a growing collection of over 700 text supported microscopic and macroscopic images and videos drawn from commercially prepared slide collections and live specimens commonly used in the study of Biology, Botany, Zoology, Histology and Microbiology. 

Following the procedure of the teaching laboratory, each microscopic specimen is studied at a range of magnifications. This allows an initial low magnification observation of the overall arrangement of organs and tissues. Higher levels of magnification allow increasingly more specific examination of tissues, cells and cell structure. Whenever relevant or applicable different staining techniques and developmental stages may be demonstrated.
These seem to be more for a microbiology or majors course:
This is a list of some neat virtual labs.  Probably not what they’re looking for but interesting nonetheless.

My intro Bio and Chem instructors are interested in OER. It’s been fairly easy to locate textbooks and some lab manuals for them to review.  However, they are also interested in a hybrid or online version of the course and were wondering if there were open licensed online lab simulations in these areas?   A Google search brings up lots of results but I’m unsure which are complete, high quality content, so any feedback on what your faculty are using (OER, low cost, or traditional access model) would be appreciated.  

HI Jessica, here are biology lab manuals created in Oregon:

FYI. The LibreTexts has the largest collection of Living Labs (i.e., OER content you can edit) out there including both wet and dry labs

Our labs are wired up to take advantage of the other content on the library, which is a guiding principle of our effort - integration not fragmentation of OER content. Let me know if you want to know more about our growing collection of Labs. We have been active in this area over the summer and can guide effort along your interests.

Don’t know if you got this (it was on the listserve Saturday), but I forwarded the following to our Bio faculty member that is working on our Bio for non-majors OER lab course. Looking at what Suzanne posted, drill a bit deeper - there are some OER bio lab manuals, videos and simulations that you might find interesting. It lists a few colleges who I gather have contributed to the lab course materials.
Direct link -
Original link shared - Biology Resources for undergraduate level:
If you use this original link, they are under the intro to bio with lab sublink under general ed.

Marine Biology

An instructor is developing a new lower-division marine biology course and would like help finding an OER if it might be available. 
I searched the Open Textbook Library, OERCommons, and BC Campus. I've found these possible resources: 
- Saylor course:
- UC TV videos on Oceanography, Marine Science, Marine Bioscience:
- Cases from National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science:
Any other suggestions?
You might find this very nice set of 3D scans useful.  They aren't OER per se, but they are freely available.
Most of my stuff is still behind OSU’s firewall . . .so far a consequence of our developing online courses for which we charge money.  Possibly our 3D scans will be of interest?  Those are open access.




There is a microbiology from OpenStax.

There are a few open texts related to earth science including this one from Ck-12 that might be useful -

We've put together a list of links to BIO material:


James Glapa-Grossklag
Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning
Director, CCC Distance Education Captioning & Transcription Grant
College of the Canyons
T: 661.362.3632


Looking for OER book in Nutrition (biology based, not health based), along with a food tracker that has reporting options. 

One text I’ve been able to find is “An Introduction to Nutrition V1.0”  
It seems as though this text was distributed under a CC license at one point, but was picked up by a publisher .
The text is available at the link below:
I haven’t spent too much time reviewing this text, however, many of the URLs are out of date and/or not working anymore.

I just did a search for one of our culinary faculty who wanted a nutrition book from a culinary standpoint.  All I could find were these biology ones:
These are all openly licensed so you would be able to take chapters from them and put them together any way you like.


Can anyone recommend a quality site for  teaching photosynthesis?

Here are a couple I've used for our Plant Biology course.   (A They Might Be Giants song)



I was talking to our Accounting program faculty chair about adopting OER for the Principles of Accounting I & II course. They are currently using McGraw Hill’s Fundamental Accounting Principles with Connect Plus (costs $252 for new).  He said that they have found the homework manager insufficient in some of the OER they have already looked. They are really interested in OER but the Connect Plus platform makes it so easy for them to teach this gateway course.
For those of you who are using OER for the Principles of Accounting, how did you address this concern from faculty? What are the ancillaries you're using?

We haven't made the full shift yet, but my faculty liked Lumen's Principles of Accounting and My Open Math. I'm pretty sure they have a Waymaker version.

I have looked through the archived email for this group and was able to find a brief decision on the need for an online homeworking system for accounting students. The referred to conversation was a year ago so I am holding out hope to learn of more recent developments or suggestions. I have an amazing accounting faculty who strongly desires to offer a zero textbook cost course and has no problem with the books available. Her concern is she knows it won’t be possible for her to give the same instant feedback students need and receive in the connect accounting homeworking system.  Does anyone have an accounting instructor contact who has successfully moved away from a publisher homework system I might connect her with?  She desperately wants to offer a course free to students but does not want their learning to suffer because of her choice.
I exchanged email with a professor of ours here at FSCJ who has used MyOpenMath for her Accounting for Managers class. She advised it might be best to start with the Lumen Learning Course List. They have both a financial accounting and a managerial accounting course. I believe the Financial Accounting course is in Lumen OHM, their new Online Homework Manager, derived from MyOpenMath. I don’t know if Managerial Accounting is connected yet to OHM or if it uses MyOpenMath.

We are using Lumen OHM for the Financial Accounting course for online homework, but they don’t have the online homework piece for managerial and they don’t have a plan as of now to create it.

Our Accounting faculty are also wanting an online homework piece as well for the Accounting courses but the choices are slim to none.

It may also be possible (based on the instructor's time and your institution's resources) for the instructor to create their own homework set (we use Blackboard, which allows you to share pools and tests once they are created, as well as tagging the questions when you create them with specific feedback (for example, the assigned reading that is relevant to the topic)

Business Law

Some of my colleagues are researching materials to use in a survey Business Law course, so I am reaching out to see if anyone has created or knows of open Business Law texts that could be used in a sophomore-level course. 
The Business Law course is intended for managers of business and covers the topics of employment law, torts, contracts, intellectual property, and business forms. One of the core requirements is giving students an intro to the business legal world and ethics. 

One of our business faculty at LBCC customized and updated Saylor's Business Law and the Legal Environment text last year. You can find the LBCC version in our institutional repository.

Our “Legal Environment of Business” faculty uses a combo of:

We are about to teach our Beta version of Business Law I. This was recently developed as an online course from multiple sources. The following are the major sources for almost all of the content:
Business Law and the Legal Environment – Saylor Academy -
Business and the Legal and Ethical Environment -
Basics of Business Law – Lumen Learning -
Legal Basics for Entrepreneurs -

Business and Professional Writing

One of our instructors is looking for an open textbook on business and professional writing. What do you recommend?

How about these two books? They get great reviews!

I'm in search of a Human Resource management open textbook. (Not the flatworld one) 
Would the Saylor book work for you? Tillamook Bay Community College is currently using it:

Does anybody know of ancillaries such as student supplements or assessments that have been developed for Exploring Business – either the Saylor or the UMN versions?
There is an Intro to Business course at under demo courses. Feel free to use any ancillaries there.

I have a faculty member who is looking for an open textbook and/or other OER that covers the below business topics. Any suggestions?
- Business Communication
- Entrepreneurship / Business Planning / New Venture Development
Saylor has a Business Comm for Success book:
And Business English for Success:
And a Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship book:
And a book on Developing New Products and Services:

Corporate Training

I have an Ontario college educator seeking open materials for a corporate training and development course. She would be willing to adapt materials to our Ontario context of course.
Might you have suggestions and resources? I'm not seeing a large-scale open textbook, but small-scale would also be amazing.

I agree with Stephanie that corporate training can include a lot of different topics: leadership, team building, sexual harassment, etc. For specific topics, they can search in MERLOT.
I did find this book from BookBoon, How to Increase the Effectiveness of your Training.


I want to let everyone know that we have two new open textbooks from our Edwards School of Business that have been added to our catalogue. Both are by Professor Lee Swanson and carry a CC-BY-SA license. Please let me know if you know of anyone who adopts these. Thank you.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toolkit -
The Business Plan Development Guide -

I'm back asking for help for another colleague of mine. She teaches our Business 052: Introduction to Entrepreneurship using Entrepreneurship by Bessant and Tidd (
I searched on the archives here, and only really saw an OpenStax option ( ) but it looks like it's not available, yet. I did pass that on to my colleague to see if it would be helpful.
In the meantime, I've attached our Course Outline of Record, and would love if anyone could point me to any suitable OER. Especially helpful would be resources from instructors who've converted from a textbook similar to the one she's using. But, that might be too much of an ask, so I'll take any help that's out there. Thanks!

Dr. Michelle Ferrier, Ohio University & Liz Mays, Arizona State University and Pressbooks wrote Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship support by the Rebus Community.
Book link:
Book info:

International Trade / International Institutions

I’m seeking OER that addresses international trade and international institutions. This would be for a faculty member who is working on an OER book chapter for International Relations.

Textbooks cataloged in MERLOT include:
International Relations -
International Relations Theory -
History of International Relations -

Intro to Business

I’ve been given the opportunity to pitch an OER textbook for an Intro to Business class alongside the typical publishers. I know that this committee’s biggest issue with OER is the (perceived) lack of instructional materials (instructor test bank, student self-tests,  simulations, slide sets, etc.).   I’m aware of materials from OpenStax, eCampusOntario, and BCcampus but I’d really like to wow the committee with other possible solutions.
If you know of any additional ancillary materials for Intro to Business topics (esp. the OpenStax text), I would love to hear about them!

Lumen's Intro to Business has lots of faculty resources. You can see the list and request access here -

OpenStax has released it’s “Intro to Business” opentextbook as well as some other business texts. Also, if you use Canvas LMS, we are creating cartridges for the texts. Three in the series are completed. Find them in Canvas Commons. Search “CCC OEI OER.” They contain effective pedagogy and are accessible.

Fundamentals of Business, 2nd edition (2018) is an introductory level undergraduate business textbook freely available under an open license in PDF, Pressbooks, screen-reader-friendly PDF, epub, mobi and HTML.   
We have established a place for reviewers and users of this book to report interest/adoption   and a portal for sharing adopter-created ancillaries and communicating with other adopters. We are working on final stages of a testbank created for the book.

The Open Textbook Library lists at least three open textbooks on Business Law:    

If you are planning to use a casebook (of Federal/State cases) for a business law course, you might also be interested in OpenCaseBook (H2O) from Harvard Law School and Library Innovation Lab:   Harvard has digitized 40 million pages of published U.S. course cases (which are in the Public Domain) through their Caselaw Access Project. You can pull together the Federal and State cases you want students to read into a freely-available, online, CC BY NS SA 3.0 open case book. You can also annotate, highlight, add collaborators, etc.



I’m looking for a Principles of Management for business text – with ancillaries if possible.
Here’s what I’ve found.  Principles of Management         
          Republished in 2012
The same appears in Open.unm
          Publish date 2015 – Reviews 2018 (does that mean it’s been reviewed and would be current?)
Principles of Management – Lumen   Found in Opensuny, OER commons  - it is open?
Merlot – cannot connect because connection not secure – certificate expired yesterday.
I thought I had seen one in OpenStax  
Instructor looking for the most current.  Where would I find the last update?  
The newest edition of the book currently being used is $160 – ouch!

We just released in beta our online OER course development for Principles of Management. Our primary source was the Lumen Learning Principles of Management Course, mixed in with the Boundless Management text for some topics. Quiz pools were available too. All were open. 

  OpenStax will publish a Principles of Management book by the end of Spring 2019, with ancillaries available Fall 2019. 
Thanks, Nicole. For those of you using Canvas, there will be a Canvas course shell for the new OpenStax text about a month after the book is released.  

Microsoft Applications

I started to jump for joy when asked to teach a new (to me) business course in the fall so that our department could offer a certificate (4 courses) completely using OER’s. – yes, moving in the right direction, starting small.  However, the one course needed is CGS1101 – Microsoft Applications.  The instructors are using SIMnet software with simulations, recursive learning, immediate feedback, etc.  and not interested in redesigning a course because of the value SIMnet has.    Has anyone experienced this and is there anything out there that can be used?  I’m assuming because of the software from the publisher – McGraw Hill -  it  may be hard to compete/compare. 

Course description: A course designed to use components of the Microsoft Office suite in commonbusiness applications. Students will gain experience in using Word to create and edit documents; Excel to create, modify and chart spreadsheet data;Access to create, edit and manipulate data in databases; and PowerPoint tocreate a professional slide show presentation. Students will complete integration exercises. Windows functions such as file management, e-mail, and Internet Explorer will be addressed briefly.

In response to Request 1, we are using Information Literacy from Lumen Learning in combination with the activities from 

GCFLearnFree is not creative commons licensed, so I reached out to them about it and here was their response:

"While our site does not fall under Creative Commons, you can read our Terms of Use to see how specifically you can use our content.

As far as citing us goes, how exactly you do this will depend on the style guide you're using (MLA, APA, Chicago, AP, etc.), but a basic citation should look something like this: GoodwillCommunity Foundation. Web. 16 Jan. 2014 (or date accessed). 

You can also list Goodwill Community Foundation as the author/editor.

I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have additional questions. Thanks for using!"

I'm not certain how much redesign would need to be done for your course, but on our end, it was a matter of matching the current activities with the activities from GCFLearnFree. A moderate amount of time spent, but worth it for us.

Personal Finance

I'm in search of OER (textbook + supplemental materials) on personal finance for a faculty member. We're interested in Siegel and Yacht's "Personal Finance," but the 2009 edition is a little dated. Do you know of any revised editions floating around out there? Open to other possibilities as well.

Our personal finance instructor uses:

Next Gen seems like a great resource - they have a full curriculum with lessons and many resources:


Retail Management

Hi y'all, I'm the new OER Librarian at Tacoma Community College, and this is my first time sending out a call out for OER ideas and suggestions. 

We've got a bit of an OER emergency with a course and program here at TCC, for a Retail Management course (BUS 145), for winter quarter.

There look to be some very promising options at SkillsCommons for retailing -- any experience using or reviews for those resources -- or other OER ideas/suggestions for retail management? 

If it helps, here's a summary/paraphrasing of BUS 145 Course Learning Outcomes:

What is retailing and career opportunities in retailing
Trends shaping today's retailers and different types of retailers
Unique costumer benefits offered by stores, catalogs, and internet retail channels
How technology affects the future shopping experience
Factors affecting customer purchase decisions
Retail strategies
Types of locations available to retailers
Human resources in retail management
Consumer-retailer and vendor-retailer communications
Customer relationship management
Build brand equity for stores and merchandise
Employee recruitment, motivation, training, and evaluation for salespeople and store managers

We are currently using this textbook:

Retailing: Integrated Retail Management, 2nd edition

It is not OER, but it is an excellent book and students can read it online for $29.95 or purchase a digital bundle for $36.95. Compared to $260 for Retailing Management (Levy) from Amazon, it is an excellent value. And, again, it is an excellent book.

Savings and Investment

I'm looking for OER materials for a savings and investment course that focuses on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate.
As you can imagine, searching OER services for information on "savings" and "investment" produces a lot of results about OER, but not necessarily OER about savings and investment.
If anyone has a course or collected material, I'd appreciate hearing about it. I've found many results in sources like OER commons, but not necessarily a textbook or full course focused on this topic.  Any additional help is appreciated.

I've worked with a couple of faculty members at Nassau Community College to design an OER Personal Finance course. This is their recommendation: 
We found a book from Saylor that we think is very good.   The link is below.  I hope this is helpful!

Store Operations

I'm hoping someone may have found a textbook to use with a Store Operations course. I've been able to find some of the content requested in basic business and/or marketing textbooks, but am having trouble finding content that includes the following topics:  Best practices in retail Loss Prevention, Best practices in retail visual merchandising, Best practices in retail inventory management, How to create a communication plan, How to start your own retail business  DiSC Personality Profiles

I searched for a similar course and didn't find too much OER, but did find a decent number of relevant e-books in the O'Reilly/Safari Books platform, if your library has access to this database.  As for OER I found the following:


I have a faculty member seeking General/Introduction to Chemistry OER materials that would also include online materials such as problem sets, simulations, cases, etc.  Any help appreciated.
Ancillary materials for OpenStax Chemistry books are available at:

Also, various people have started sharing ancillaries here:

You might also try ChemWiki for ancillaries:

I use Openstax Chemistry textbook to teach General/Introduction to chemistry.

The textbook has  solved examples and unsolved problems for practice ,embedded videos and simulations . This book can be customized to align with the course outcomes.

 My colleague, Shawn Shields, has created a wealth of openly licensed short concept videos for her Chem classes here at Germanna to supplement her other OER materials.

Any OER chemistry sources for my community college instructor?

Our Chemistry department is already using the Harvey book on this list and is considering ways to move toward some of the others -

OpenStax has chemistry open textbooks. And, if your college uses Canvas LMS, we created a course shell for the OpenStax texts. For just the text, go to  . For the course shells, go into Canvas Commons and search "CCC OEI OpenStax".

For lab handouts, I mostly pick and choose from the Santa Monica College Online Chemistry Lab Manual Which I have had a lot of success with.  Other than that, I adapt or write my own labs, which I haven't uploaded as OER explicitly, but I am happy to do so. They're still a work in progress for the most part, but I'll attach some of the more complete/successful ones.  Contact Sean Ryland,  , for the materials

For general chemistry, the OpenStax textbook is available electronically at no cost, or at a very modest (<$100) cost for a fully bound and color printed version.  All OpenStax content is now available in fully ADA-compliant mode in CANVAS Commons as well.  LibreText and MERLOT also have OER chemistry content available for faculty adoption.

f you are looking for OER for General Chemistry I and II, I would recommend Open Stax as well.
However, if you are looking for an Introduction to Chemistry course, the Open Stax is a little too much for that and would require a lot of modification.
We, Forsyth Technical Community College, created an OER course for Introduction to Chemistry.  It has been submitted and approved through the Achieving the Dream Grant.  If you would like more information about the introductory level course, let me know.
Dr. Kirsten Williford
Program Coordinator, Physical Sciences
Chemistry Instructor
Forsyth Technical Community College

Any OER chemistry sources for my community college instructor?

OpenStax has chemistry open textbooks. And, if your college uses Canvas LMS, we created a course shell for the OpenStax texts. For just the text, go to . For the course shells, go into Canvas Commons and search "CCC OEI OpenStax".
If you are looking for OER for General Chemistry I and II, I would recommend Open Stax as well.
However, if you are looking for an Introduction to Chemistry course, the Open Stax is a little too much for that and would require a lot of modification.

We, Forsyth Technical Community College, created an OER course for Introduction to Chemistry.  It has been submitted and approved through the Achieving the Dream Grant.  If you would like more information about the introductory level course, let me know.

If you are using Canvas, Maricopa Millions has published three chemistry courses via Canvas Commons.  You can find them by using the search tag "MMOER."

I was wondering if anyone has adopted BCcampus' Introductory Chemistry - 1st Canadian Edition (
 and can share what is "Canadian" about it and whether it would be suitable for US adoption?
In your opinion would a US faculty member need to make substantial edits? 

In answer to your question about what is Canadian about Introduction to Chemistry - 1st Canadian edition, the adapting author,
 Dr. Jessie Key, states: "The only real efforts to 'Canadianize' it was to remove some of the questions with imperial units
 (there may still be some present), and to add topics which would be covered in a Canadian introductory chemistry course.
 Also, by default, I did use Canadian spelling for any content I wrote."
This was one of the first major adaptations embarked on by BCcampus Open Education
(referred to as the B.C. Open Textbook Project at the time).
With time, we developed a more comprehensive guide for Canadianizing open textbooks including adding Canadian content,
replacing examples with Canadian ones, and using Canadian spelling (see Appendix 3: Canadian Spellings and Word List in the
Self-Publishing Guide).
To read what other changes were made to the Introduction to Chemistry - 1st Canadian edition adaptation, see the
Metadata section at the bottom of the online home page of this textbook.

We have a faculty member looking for ancillary materials for an Introduction to Chemistry course. He is interested mainly in Power Point slides and test banks.
I have been able to find some materials looking through this listserv's archive: <  > .
However, he is adapting the textbook published by the Saylor Foundation (  ), and would like to know if there are materials out there that were developed specifically for that textbook.

We, the LibreTexts, have integrated that text and ungraded it a bit into 
our chemistry library (  ). We haven't prepared a slide 
deck (yet), but will do so soon as part of out comprehensive mandate for 
chemistry. We have collected a lot of questions over the years (public 
and private) for use as a test bank.  

The professor is welcome to use the OpenStax ancillaries for Chemistry or Chemistry Atoms First, even if he isn’t using our texts. 
Chemistry (Note, sometime this year we’ll publish a second edition of this book):
Atoms First Chemistry:
He’ll need to create an account and be verified as a faculty member for some of the resources. He can do that here:


Hi Amanda, Oregon instructors are using these resources:
Public Speaking: The Virtual Text
Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking (Saylor)

I recently did a similar search for our comm studies department. Below is what I found. I don’t know anything about these texts, but there may be something useful here:
they seem to have others; this is just one example
they have more; this is just what came up for "communication" (which is the query I used; there may be a better one)
this is a list of various options

In addition to Amy and Suzanne’s excellent suggestions, I would recommend that you look at the California Open Online Library ( site since Public Speaking (COMM 110 in California) was selected as one of the top 50 college courses.   The CA OER Council has posted faculty peer reviews for 5 open or low-cost textbooks for COMM 110.  Also, one of the faculty showcases linked to the site is from a community college instructor who has adopted one of these open textbooks in her Fundamentals of Public Speaking course.
Scroll down to Public Speaking (alphabetical order by subject.)

Has anyone found a good Interpersonal Communications textbook? Most of the ones I’ve found have focused on business interpersonal communications.

Hello Lori, I am using the following two books to teach an oral communication course

We’re looking for the same course. Here’s what we found:  This is what they're using at Bunker Hill CC.

I’m working on developing a new class for undergraduate Intercultural Communication and would prefer to use open resources.  Anyone have any ideas?

Chapter 8 is an introductory start:
OER Commons has a few:
search “intercultural communication”

 I've been trying to track down potential materials for a Communications class titled "Argumentation: Analysis of Oral and Written Communication". I've been able to find a number of items which deal with argumentation but they are usually designed for Philosophy classes. Does anyone have suggestions of materials for critical thinking which are more geared to an approach heavier on speaking and analysis of oral communication? 
Our argumentation and debate faculty is using "Influencing Through Argument”

That said, I am not actually sure of the copyright on this material because there are two places online you can find it, one is the link above that takes you to the book and one takes you to a page that says the book is not available online any longer and has an Amazon link. 

I would love to hear what others are using as I am in Communication Studies and working on compiling OERs in the discipline. 

On the verso page of that file (4th page in this case) it shows a traditional copyright in 2005 held by Alfred C. Snider.

Hi Kristie and Wil, The San Bernadino Community College has compiled a list of OER by subject and the one for Comm Studies is quite exhaustive. The link is:

Our Comm Studies folks use “Logical Reasoning” for their Argument and Debate class.

Hi, A college and I are hoping to use the Open Textbook Library book - Communication in the Real World: An introduction to Communication Studies  for our Fundamentals of Oral Comm class. Does anyone know if there is an OER test bank available for it?

I don’t have a test bank. I am using it as an Interpersonal book. I added a communication climate chapter to it and posted my remix to I got in touch with the helpful librarians at U Minnesota. They shared the Word source files. I highly recommend that you start your project with those files. Feel free to email me backchannel for more info.

Thanks, Jason. In case useful to you or others -- Andy Schmitz has HTML .zip files for a version of the text at
Editing Word files is easier, but if anyone needs to copy/paste just sections or wants to re-upload somewhere, the HTML could be useful.
This is the same book under a different title, which Schmitz explains here:

Communication Between the Sexes
A COMM-126 instructor is seeking to expand the scope of the course materials beyond binary gender categories for ‘Communication Between the Sexes.’  
You might check out Jimena Alvarado's Everyday Social Justice site:

The instructor might also be interested in The Gender Spectrum Collection of stock photos featuring non-binary and trans models, developed as a response to under- (or non-) representation of these communities in existing imagery.
It's not an OER or textbook equivalent by any means, but it seems extremely relevant to the topic areas you listed.

Media Design

My colleague and I are trying to wrap up a competency on visual design for our freshman level Workplace Communication class. We have found great OER resources for technical writing, and have adjusted those sources for our students, but we can’t seem to find any resources for creating visual design in terms of fliers or brochures (either print or digital). I realize this isn’t a thriving part of digital media, but it’s a great way to teach students about visual design by introducing an achievable low-stakes task. If you have any OER resources that you’ve used or any resources you’ve designed for this competency, we would greatly appreciate your input.

Hi Tammy, would this help? 
Digital Foundations: Introduction to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Cloud, Revised Edition

Intercultural Communications
I’m oh so close to securing a communication class and thus  am on the hunt for an intercultural communication book.  Any recommendations?

This is the intercultural book I am reviewing. I have never used it before but it looks promising. 

Lee, C.C. (2015) Internationalizing “International Communication.” available at;c=nmw;idno=12748916.0001.001;rgn=full%20text;view=toc;xc=1;g=dculture

     I have a faculty member looking to replace her text, Communication Between Cultures that she currently uses in a 100 and 200 level Intercultural Communications course.   The focus is more I would say draws more from Cultural Sociology and Anthropology at the 100-200 level rather than a linguistics approach.
A TBCC instructor is using Diversity and Difference in Communication (Open Learn) along with supplemental readings. 

Interpersonal Communications
I am on the hunt for Interpersonal Communications OER.   Here is a sample course description for IC:
This course is designed to help students analyze the principles of verbal and nonverbal transactions that occur in personal and professional interpersonal contexts. This course gives students the opportunity to apply theory and research findings into practical skills within interpersonal relationships.

Not a new text but I recently transferred the Flatworld IP text (modified for a quarter system IP class) to Pressbooks.  Includes native glossary and footnotes. 
Its clonable and no copyright on the modifications or technical updates.
(But watch for the language around how genders communicate.  It’s very binary.)

Nonverbal Communications

Can anyone recommend some resources, or an entire course for OER in non-verbal communication? 
Check this out:
I've also found that developing a taxonomy of nonverbal communication is a great way to draw on students' existing knowledge. With a little help from structures (like those in the above page) students can often reflect on and identify various forms of nonverbal communication in their experiences, and communicate about that to their peers.

Visual Communication

We have an instructor looking for a text for Visual Communication 

Two Oregon instructors are using Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning by Pamela Sachant, Peggy Blood, Jeffery LeMieux, and Rita Tekippe. Published by University System of Georgia, University of North Georgia Press:

Computer and Information Science

Computer Concepts and Applications

Hi, I am looking for resources for our Computer Concepts / Application course that is a general overview of technology and focus on MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.  What resources are you all using?  Our current textbook is over $250 and we NEED to replace it! Thank you!! 
I searched MERLOT for free books on Computer Concepts. Here is the hit list you can look at. Obviously, not all are what you are looking for, but you might find something.

Also consider:
Hi Matt, because this type of course has three different prefixes in Oregon, I'm going to send you three links to see what's being used here.
To add to the already stellar list!
Here is what my IS people sent for consideration

This is the youtube channel for one of the IS instructors.
Also if he wants to chat IS to IS Harry Hammerling one of our IS instructors would be happy to talk.

 An instructor teaching the courses below wishes to go OER.  If you know any textbooks or other resources that might work, please email me directly at  I'll compile a list and send it back out to the listserv. 

Thank you! 
Scott Davis 
OER coordinator, Coastline 


CST 232 Ethical Hacking 
This course is a survey of the ethical and legal issues pertaining to security testing. It will demonstrate how to use tools that can be used to gain information about a computer network, how to recognize that the tools are being used, and how to defend a network against those attacks. 

CST  245 Computer Forensics 
Introduction to Computer Forensics Investigations. The class will cover such topics as how to recognize that a computer crime has occurred and steps follow when acquiring, authenticating, and analyzing data on a compromised system. Hands-on portion will explore the use of several Computer Forensics 

This course covers the ten domains of information security known as the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Completing this course does not guarantee CISSP certification; however, the course addresses the test objectives defined by (ISC)2 for the CISSP examination.  

The only real *free* things I know are videos on and  if local libraries (or your college) has a subscription (my local library does, and many universities do, I highly recommend it), they have some decent CISSP books too. 
My suggestions for OPEN (OER) for computer science and networking is to take a search at the site.  All of their materials have a creative commons license so are OPEN.   They have at least 20 Computer Science courses from Intro to Computer Science, Programming in C++, Datbases, Networking, Information Security, Cryptography, etc.

All of these materials can be re-used freely.  Here is more information about their OPEN policy:

The second suggestion would be to search SKILLS COMMONS.   This is the OER Repository for the TAACCCT grants which were all community college grants targeted at career retraining and requiring material developed to be OER.  In some quick searching I found this course developed by David Rigor at Moraine Valley Community College.  The materials have a Creative Commons License Attribution or the least restrictive license allowing you to reuse, remix, revise, retain, redistribute.
Maybe the Cybrary is worth a look. Not textbooks but lots of resources.


Do any of you know any OER or perhaps free resources for learning code and creating apps?
Apple has just released a free, open source coding curriculum for Swift, their IOS programming language. HCC is offering this training now:
Here's the link to the Apple "Everyone Can Code" site,  , which includes links to learning more about their free "Get Started with Code" curriculum as well as learning more about their "Swift Playgrounds" curriculum and their "Apple Development with Swift" curriculum. 
I also came across a "Game Development and Programming for Beginners" course, CC BY SA, in OER Commons, here at  (abstract begins: "How to make a game app from scratch?")

I was wondering if anyone has found Creative Commons licensed resources for instruction of Microsoft Office 2013 (or newer). I think GCFLearnFree is a great resource, but it is not technically OER (and won’t work for our Z Degrees) without that CC license. I did find an open textbook for Excel, but that is about it. Lumen’s Information Literacy course does have some Microsoft Office information, but in the form of video tutorials. Is there anything else out there?

Lumen actually has a brand new open course in this area - . Much of the content is original. All the original content is CC BY. The content is fully attributed. 
In addition to the static content available at the link above, there's also a Waymaker version of the course available. (If you don't know what that means, see .)-- 


I have an instructor who is hoping to find OER for the course we call Microcomputer Operating Systems. It is a 100-level course. I am finding some okay sources to cover bits and pieces, but keep thinking I must be missing something! If anyone knows of an instructor using OER for a course like this, I’d love to see what they’re using. Thank you!

We used to teach an operating systems course similar to that. We updated it / replaced it with IT Fundamentals, a course that targets the CompTIA entry-level certification of the same name.
For an OER course on IT Fundamentals, see:
It typically shows up as #3 on a Google search for that topic, ahead of any other textbook on the subject. CompTIA called me once asking about the course. They recommend it themselves if they have someone who can't afford to buy their materials.

As an adjunct, I teach a course called “Computer Concepts and Applications” that most, if not all programs require (it’s the general tech ed requirement).  I am considering the possibility of creating an OER textbook (or at the very least review/study tool) to replace the $200 plus textbook that most instructors (including myself) use.
The outline (and our college’s course requirements) are listed in this Google Doc.  Any feedback, suggestions, ideas, etc. would be greatly appreciated. (i.e. should this be a textbook or supplemental guide, would you like to see specific topics I don’t have listed, should I remove topics listed…)
Should I choose to move forward with this project, and you would like to lend assistance and/or provide feedback at the end of the project, let me know! I’ll compile a list and make notification; should this pan out.  Of course, I will provide the final product to this listserv for everyone to use, should they desire.  Go ahead and email me individually rather than a reply all/reply to the listserv.

There are a few openly licensed courses already in use in Oregon that you might be able to use as a starting point:
Related readings that are being used in Oregon:

Introduction to Computer Systems

Hello All!  Our university offers a general education course called Introduction to Computer Systems.  The instructors have developed many materials themselves, but they also relying a commercial text (customized) for part of the course content.

Here at Palo Alto College we use two sources to cover the introductory computer classes.  is used for the Application Software  is used for the rest. appears to be a good resource, but keep in mind that while it is free it is not open (i.e., it is not OER). If you find something similar that is open please do share with the group.

 Hi Julee, a couple of solutions at Oregon community colleges:

Computer Fundamentals - In this course, students will learn basic Microsoft Windows 10 Operating Systems skills (including Core PC Hardware Components, Graphical User Interface, Local and Cloud File Management, Applications, Internet Browsers, Security, and key System Utilities), Google Email, Contacts, Calendar, and Drive applications, as well as introduction to Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation applications. Additionally, students will learn to create and convert documents between different format (Microsoft and Google apps). Moodle course:

Computer Literacy complete course is available via Moodle. From the link below, select CS120, then log in as guest to access the course. Course description: Students in this course will study computers and their applications (note: this is not a "first" or "beginning" computer course). Student will develop an understanding of concepts and terminology related to computer systems and develop skills and understanding in the use of software. Concepts include an overview of computer systems, system & applications software, networks, the Internet, and societal & ethical issues. Hands-on experience may include intermediate to advanced word processing, spreadsheets, database, graphics, presentation graphics, and web publishing.

The CS160 reader is a Creative Commons licensed resource used at Chemeketa Community College in Computer Science 160. It aligns closely to the topics covered in the new AP Computer Science Principles course.


Criminal Justice and Law


I am looking for some OER criminology sources that focus on theories of crime, methodological approaches, and major categories.
I have found some but I feel like I am going in circles on some of it. Does anyone have any links or resources they would be willing to share?

MERLOT has a category of Criminal Justice. This is further categorized in a number of areas:
Corrections (45)  Courts (15)  Crime and Communites (18)  Crime (61)  Drugs (14)  Forensics (117)  Intelligence (36)  Justice System (44)  Juvenile Justice (17)  Law & Society (71)  Law Enforcement (83)  Victims (21)  

Criminal Justice

We have one CJ text in our collection at BCcampus:

It was created here in BC so may have some Canadian content you'd need to modify.

I have authored two low-cost CJ titles which I use for four classes: Criminal Law, Criminal Court Process, Criminal Evidence, and Constitutional Law.  The ebook costs $39, so this totals around $20/class.  I authored these two textbooks because I had no choice.  There is little to no CJ OER.

Both titles are here. Please let me know if you have any questions!

I’m currently working on creating the following OER courses at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY.  I was wondering if others could possibly point me in the right direction for the following OER course materials:
1)      Criminal Justice Ethics or Ethics Related Materials
2)      Juvenile Delinquency Materials
3)      Internship Related Materials

I was just talking to the Director of Library Services at Houston Community Colleges and she had shared their “Criminal Justice” OER Libguide with me.  There are some great resources in here and I hope that is helpful.

There’s this BC Campus textbook on Ethics in Law Enforcement:
I have found ethics case studies through the Merlot search before. Some good ones on corporate/business ethics, but not always open.

I have a faculty member who is looking for OER materials for a Homeland Security course.  He'd prefer to use an OER textbook, but if any of you know of resources that you can steer us too, that would be very helpful.
I use two Affordable Educational Resources in criminal justice that I authored ($39.99) for four courses.  Perhaps he could use one of my textbooks and supplement with OER?  That is what I do.

I would be happy to work with him on this issue.
My textbook information is here.

We are moving our A.A.S. in Criminal Justice to a Z Degree and have faculty working on moving all of the courses to OER ($0 cost). This may be an opportunity for us to share what we have both already accomplished.
Please feel free to email me directly at the address listed below.
Linda S. Williams, MBA, MSA
Professor, Business Administration
Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake

We are beginning to investigate OER possibilities at our institution.  We have a faculty member who would like a OER text for his Introduction to Criminal Justice course.  Searching various repositories like MERLOT, Opentextbook and Openstax
gives us OER text options for Criminal Law and Introduction to Criminal Investigation.  We are having a hard time locating an Intro level text for Criminal Justice.
Any suggestions would be really helpful.

The Justice Institute of BC in Vancouver, Canada is also interested in Criminal Justice books.
We are just over halfway to developing a Zed Cred in our Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (very similar to a Criminology diploma).
We haven't had much luck locating OER or open texts for Criminology subjects either so have used our SMEs and instructors to develop our own that we'd love to share.
We've authored an Intro to Criminal Investigation book and a Law Enforcement Ethics book with a Law Enforcement Communications book currently in development.
We are also in the early stages of locating collaborators on books for the following courses: Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice System,
Introduction to Criminology and Introduction to Canadian Criminal Law.  
I'm not sure that the Canadian context will help you out, but there may be crossover and some pieces that could be adapted for the US context.
I'd be happy to be in touch with you once we're further along and I have more info. 

We are in the process of developing a ZTC degree for our Administration of Justice degree.  We would be happy to collaborate with you on bringing OER to this field of study. (Dan Hall from Taft College)

I have a Criminal Justice faculty member interested in creating an OER textbook on Corrections. This is to replace the print textbook: Hanser, Robert D. Introduction to Corrections (3rd ed. Edition). January 2019. Sage Publications.  ISBN 9781544339078.

Just based on the contents I wonder if this text might be useful:


I am working with an Instructional Designer who is preparing an online course for corrections workers (could be officers or outside contractors such as nurses, plumbers, etc. who work in prisons).  She is seeking OER materials on the following topics.  We’ve found some resources via MERLOT but are wondering if anyone is aware of additional open resources in these areas, particularly videos, simulations, or other interactive objects.
Correctional Role Expectations
Cross Cultural Relations (specifically culture, prejudice, discrimination)
Ethics and Professionalism
Communication Skills (and simulation videos of de-escalation techniques)
 Workplace Violence

We have a Criminal Justice area in MERLOT. Here is the link:

This goes to the criminal justice listing with the following sub-categories on the left. She could search these individual topics to find materials. The numbers in parentheses are the number of resources in each category.
Corrections (45)
Courts (15)
Crime and Communites (18)
Crime (62)
Drugs (14)
Forensics (115)
Intelligence (36)
Justice System (45)
Juvenile Justice (17)
Law & Society (67)
Law Enforcement (83)
Victims (21)

A professor is looking for textbooks and other resources for two law courses:  Business Law and Law & Society (Constitutional Law, court procedures, civil & criminal law and public policy).  We are aware of the Saylor textbooks, but she was not happy with them.  Can anyone provide some suggestions?
I have authored low-cost resources in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure ($39.99).  Both textbooks come with all course materials like PPT, lecture notes, quizzes, exams, discussion topics, and accessible (captioned) video lectures.  Criminal Procedure By Storm can be supplemented with OER and used for Criminal Evidence and Constitutional Law

Hello, all. I will be meeting with faculty in the Fire Science, Mortuary science, and Law Enforcement programs on my campus tomorrow to discuss OER. Does anyone know of resources for these programs. I searched skillscommons but got one result in fire science. Thanks for any leads.
Within the Criminal Justice topic there are resources under Law Enforcement (83)


Advanced Digital Cinematography
The semester has begun and things are moving at lightening speed! One of instructors has been asked to teach a new class (for her) and is in need of material.   Here is the course description:  Advanced Digital Cinematography  The course examines both traditional and digital cinematography techniques in the context of video production and digital cinematography for independent narrative film, television and commercial production. Students will demonstrate advanced skill in the creation of video using accepted techniques and skill in cinematography with an emphasis on format, lenses, lighting, exposure control and safety.  The only thing I have that may be close is The Film Experience– that I’ve gotten from this awesome group. 

There might be materials your faculty could draw from in the Open SUNY Textbook Exploring Movie Construction and Production.

Audio/Radio Production
I have a request from one of our faculty members:
" I have a question about OER — I’m not sure where to start. I’m looking to see if I can find an audio production/radio production textbook that doesn’t cost $100-200.  It’s a fairly specialized subject and so I realize that I may be out of luck — but I don’t know how to search for this! There seems to be a lot of different OER repositories — what’s my best first step?"
Perhaps your colleague can find a good textbook in this article
If the faculty member is looking for cost savings, and not 5R compatible material you might try BookBoon. It's not OER, but it would be a free book.
This is what's being used for an audio production course at Lane Community College:


Hi all, 
I have an instructor looking for leads on open course materials for an automotive program. I'm pasting below what I've found so far. Any more suggestions that I can pass along? I'll share back to the list. 
Thanks!  Amy

One org that is putting out a lot of resources, including entire courses, under open licenses, is Macomb Community College. You can search or browse their resource library here: . There are a ton of resources in the library so I recommend using specific keywords associated with your courses or learning objectives to sort through. 

There are three open automotive courses put out by the Butte County Office of Education that may be relevant:
Last, the TAACCCT grant archive has a lot of "stuff" when you search on automotive as a keyword:  A word of warning about this site - some of what you find here is useless - for example, a document that describes what they are going to build rather than actual course materials. However, it is the archive of record for CTE and if you dig with specific keywords there is useful content

I have an auto instructor who is interested in offering OER texts for two of his auto courses. I have provided the description of the courses below. Has anyone found  a wonderful OER in this area?
Thank you for your time,

Hi Alison,
My first thought for anything trades-related, such as the courses listed here, is SkillsCommons ( It does appear they have categories that would be relevant, though I don't know how in-depth any of them are.

I am looking for video or interactive OER content that would explain the basics of the following topics (e.g. how they work, terminology, etc).
Belt Drives, Chain Drives, Clutches/Brakes, Couplings & U-Joints
I’ve explored Wisc-Online and Khan Academy without luck.  Are there any other sources you would recommend?

You might have luck on Youtube with old "manual arts" training films.

Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene is one of the most expensive programs on our campus due, in part, to the fact that students have to buy their own instruments and scrubs on top of their textbooks.
The head of the department is excited about the possibility of using open textbooks, but so far my search has turned up little besides a few study tools or case studies.  Is anyone aware of open textbooks for the following:
Dental Radiology
Oral Histology and Embryology
Head and Neck Anatomy
Local Anesthesia and Pain Control

I just thought I'd write to say that this question has come up a few times on the list and hasn't been answered (sorry to get your hopes up with a reply). 
There are some hits in the Skills Commons repository: . But, be forewarned, the content there can be confusing in my opinion. Some of what's there is more of a stub or course description, rather than usable teaching materials. 
This might be an area where you'd need to work with library acquisitions to see about getting access to relevant ebooks with appropriate licenses as an affordability solution until the open content you need is available. 

We've looked in this subject area, too. I am attaching the spreadsheet I came up with for our faculty for dental hygiene. I'm also attaching a spreadsheet for pharmacology.
OER/DHY OER Selection Spreadsheet.xlsx
OER/HIMT 1141 Pharmacology OER.xlsx
Rachel Dilley, MLIS

Electrical Trade

I am working with an instructor in our electrical trades program at Central New Mexico Community College, and she would like to find OER materials for her courses (but we fear they do not exist). Topics that her courses cover include the following:
Electrical trades, journeyman electrician, NEC code, AC/DC circuits, series circuits, parallel circuits, inductance, capacitance, transformers, electrical installations, load calculations, ampacity, voltage drop, pipefill, boxfill.... 
Does anyone have leads for where to find and adapt OER materials that cover topics like this at a college freshman reading level? I appreciate any tips or guidance. Thank you.

Hi Jennifer, one place you might begin to search is the SkillsCommons website, many trades courses and course materials created as part of the U.S. Dept. of Labour TACCT grants. Give it a go!

Another resource besides the one recommended earlier by Jenni is.  
Check out BCcampus's 23 Common Core Trades books that might have some of what you are looking for.
Springer also has some open access journals on electrical engineering, etc. that you may want to check out.

Jim Pytel at Columbia Gorge Community College has some materials that you might find useful:
Basic Electronics 1: DC Circuit Analysis playlist (54 free online lectures):
Electrically Controlled Systems playlist (50+ free online lectures):
Hydraulics and Electrical Control of Hydraulic Systems:  

Does anyone have suggestions for OER texts for Emergency Medical Responder or Emergency Medical Technician courses?  provides a directory of OER links, including a few that link to full courses. 

Food Science
I have an instructor that is looking for a textbook on industrial food science and technology, not culinary. Any suggestions?
This is worth a look, though it might not be exactly on-point.

We have been looking for OER options for our Horticulture Dept. ... ironically, so far it’s been a “fruitless” search J
Would anyone here know of any materials that might fit the bill?  General Horticulture or beyond?

I searched MERLOT for Horticulture and came up with these 19 resources:
I also used MERLOT Smart Search and came up with these at other digital libraries:
And several other academic-related resources on the web:

There were many courses created during the TAACCT grants.  Check out  

Also, I was the instructional designer for the courses created by Triton College.  Most of the content is available, videos, readings and assessments.  I hope you find them useful.  I believe College of Lake County also created some. 

HVACR Resources
I am assisting a faculty member who is redesigning his course so students do not have to buy a book. Do any of you know about any resources that cover HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration)? He really wants to help his students out so they do not have to buy a book. 

Our program includes both a 9-month residential/light commercial certificate as well as a 2-yr AAS addressing commercial HVAC service, maintenance, and operation.  We teach both new students just entering the field as service technicians and/or installers as well as providing upgrade training for long-time technicians.  I primarily use manuals and data from the websites of the manufacturer and/or manufacturer reps to address service, maintenance, and operations.  It is far superior to any textbook since it is material addressed by the industry, not an academician, thus the student is more accepting of what is being taught.  Not all of what I list below is 100% useful, but I use elements of virtually everything on this list and more.
All About Circuits
Copper, Soldering, Brazing
ECM Motors
Induction Motors
I've not found a good generic resource on drives including the one listed above.  I prefer to use the drive manuals that come with the VFDs with which I teach.  We have Automation Direct GS1 and GS2 drives as well as ABB HVAC drives used to operate our pumps and our Air Handling Unit.
Control (I teach control using the Tridium JACE 6 and JACE 8000)
 - I have written my own fundamentals of control for the so-called control theory
 - I use the manuals that come with the Tridium Workstation AX software.  This won't help if you do not use Tridium Niagara or a rebranded version of the JACE
 - When I teach BACnet and Modbus, I use the manuals for the equipment that use those communication protocols.  For example, the Automation Direct Drive manuals above provide adequate discussion of Modbus.  The ABB Drives have a separate manual that addresses setting up BACnet communications for their drive.
Bell & Gossett
Marley Cooling Towers
Cleaver Brooks Boilers
The Trane materials are not free; in fact, I consider them expensive.  But it is possible to ask Trane for permissions to use pdf versions and place them on your course management system.  Go through your local Trane Distributor.
Baltimore Cooling Tower
Belimo Actuators
Catalog for damper actuators and valves
Knowledge Center
Much material here, but the damper applications guide is great.
VAV Systems
TSI / Alnor  (for airside T.A.B. work)  
Functional Testing Guides
Do not be confused by the word 'design'.  This is part of the commissioning process which necessarily employs many technicians
Air Balancing Guide that also addresses fans and fan curves
Any Number of YouTube Videos
I also use the owner and installation manuals for my lab equipment i.e.: AHU, Chiller, Boiler, geothermal, Pumps, Fans, VFDs, valves, dampers, control, etc.  The students appreciate the ability to learn from those documents.
If you are an ASHRAE, AHRI, ACCA, RSES, etc. member, don't forget to use magazine/journal articles.  I use many ASHRAE articles to address what the designer was suppose to do so that my students can understand how they operate so they can be properly serviced.
This is actually a short list.  There is nearly anything you want available for free and for legal use and distribution from manufacturer's websites.  Most manufacturers want these distributed and used by students and's free advertising.  However, it does take effort to use them in the classroom since they will not necessarily fit anindividual's teaching style or the progression of your specific program.  I've made it work and the students appreciate the literature to which they've been exposed and are able to use it in the field.

I’m sure you are aware of the site as Roane State was a TAACCCT grantee but they continue to enhance and add support the openly licensed materials at the site.  In particular they have some helpful resources for a number of Apprenticeships programs and HVAC is one of them.   The resources include sample instructional materials, program, pathway, and syllabi from multiple states.   Hope that some of this is helpful.

Fire Science
Hello, all. I will be meeting with faculty in the Fire Science, Mortuary science, and Law Enforcement programs on my campus tomorrow to discuss OER. Does anyone know of resources for these programs. I searched skillscommons but got one result in fire science. Thanks for any leads. 
There is a collection of Fire Safety in MERLOT (315 resources) at:

Our hydraulics instructor was interested in OER but then decided to retire.  Here is a Google doc where we were collecting potential materials.  ​
 Matt Schwarz MFG 104

We have 23 Common Core Trades books that might be in alignment with what you are looking for. You can find them here:


I have a department chair looking for keyboarding OER. I've checked openoregon, oasis, and skillscommon. Does anyone have courses using OER for keyboarding?

Try . Not a "course", but it does have links to many free tutorials.

Logistics, Transportation and Distribution

I'm having difficulty locating an open textbook for a logistics course about transportation and distribution.

Were you able to find usable materials on the Skills Commons site? Sample search results:
I have to admit that the content in this repository doesn't always make sense to me - sometimes clicking through doesn't seem to lead to actual materials. So it might take a bit of digging.

Manufacturing Technology

I presented in front of our CTE programs today about the importance of zero cost courses…… my phone was ringing in an hour with information requests from our Manufacturing Technology program. Best phone call ever!  Any resources you can suggest?

We have not had any faculty use these manufacturing OER yet, but here are a few for you and your faculty to evaluate:    (Need to sign up for a free account to access)

I am looking for guidance on the following topics:
RBTC 2347 Computer Integrated Manufacturing and,
RBTC 1305 Robotics Fundamentals

I'm not sure whether this is relevant, but Oregon has an open manufacturing textbook:

Please pardon the redundancy…I have not been paying attention to posts on disciplines that are not related to mine, but our CTE program is beginning to realize the value of OER, hence the request below. Other than, any other resources you can send will be much appreciated. 
IND 181 - World Class Manufacturing I
Studies the principles and applications of the globalization of industry. Emphasizes the fundamentals of interpersonal/team process, organization skills, total quality tools for continuous improvement, statistical process control, manufacturing resource planning and just- in-time.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits

Not specifically addressing this course, but manufacturing in general. 
Our Maintenance faculty have been able to get permission from equipment manufacturers to use their manuals for courses. See:
"Cutting, Heating and Welding Guide” from Victor Technologies 2012 edition (Manual No: 0056-3260)

Supply Chain is using:
Transportation Operations from Open Commons
I'm not sure whether this is relevant (this is way outside my area of expertise) but you could take a look at a manufacturing textbook created at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon:
  One more. Our Manufacturing faculty member just shared another resource list:

Is anyone aware of any OER for Manufacturing - Properties of Materials? The course description is:
Introduces the basic concepts of materials including composition, properties and usage in manufacturing processes. Provides an overview of the properties of materials as modified by heat treatment, welding and machining processes with an emphasis on metals.

I'm attaching an OER spreadsheet with my search results for  a similar course at Columbus State Community College. There are three tabs at the bottom, but one of them contains library resources, many of which your library might also have. I hope this helps.  

Medical Office Procedures

A faculty member is looking for OERs for the above.   The course focuses on medical law and ethics, medical office management, medical records management and the legal & ethical role of a medical office admin assistant.  I have some resources that I found at the Saylor Foundation.  If anyone knows of any other OERs for this course I would appreciate feedback.

I’ve just completed work on a grant where materials focusing on those topics were created:
RxTN Certified Clinical Medical Assistant content (I personally think this one would work better for the faculty member)
RxTN  Medical Law & Ethics content

Medical Terminology

One of our Medical Terminology* instructors has just about hit her breaking point with the publisher and their Byzantine process for accessing quiz question pools.  
What's out there that I can offer her?  MedTerms is a gateway course for ALL Allied Health, and going OER for this class would save students a TON of money.  
*This is basic first-year stuff - prefixes and suffixes, base words, etc.  E.g., "dermatitis" = "infection (itis) of the skin (derma)"

We've found several learning resources for medical terminology and cataloged them at You can find all these resources with this link: . Not all are openly licensed, but you can use the filters on the left to narrow the results by copyright license.  

Office Technology

I’m on the hunt for resources our office technology instructors can utilize.  So far I haven’t had a ton luck however feel there must be more out there than I have found (which is listed below).  I’ve searched SkillsCommons but admittedly have not found a good strategy to find resources on this site.   
You can search MERLOT by category, i.e. 
Keyboarding yields 3 typing tutorials:
Quickbooks yields 5 resources:

For typing / keyboarding, see:
For Microsoft Office, see:

Open Pedagogy at Polytechnics

Does anyone have any examples that they can share of open pedagogy at polytechnic institutions or trades / technical institutes?  

Perhaps relevant - we have faculty who teach technical writing classes in which students write open repair manuals with iFixit: /


Picture Archiving and Communication System

One of our faculty is interested in PACS (picture archiving and communication system). She is currently teaching the course using copyrighted materials from the library. She interested in developing the course as OER. Any suggestions on available resources? Thanks.  

I would suggest that she may want to replace the images with correctly attributed CC-licensed and/or Public Domain images. See this list for potential sources of images  
If she cannot or refuses, her options are to:
- Complete an informed Fair Use analysis for each item to determine if her proposed use is indeed fair 
- Obtain permission for each item for her particular use, request that the owner of the image CC-license them (or a lower-resolution version), or request permission which is transferable to other users
For any of these, she should spell out very, very clearly that the works are in-copyright and the terms under which she is using them (fair use, used with permission, CC) as a courtesy to downstream users or potential adapters.

A fellow faculty member is willing to get into OER, and is looking for an OER text or resource for pharmacology for MA students....anyone have anything?

I've attached a spreadsheet containing what I found for one of our faculty members in pharmacology.
Rachel Dilley, MLIS
Columbus State Community College


Veterinary Technology

Does anyone know of an OER dedicated to a Vet Tech program, especially a terminology title? 
You might want to check out the  site.   This is the site where the OER based materials/course syllabi developed by community colleges that received the Department of Labor TAACCCT Grants are stored.   Veterinary Technology was one of the disciplines/careers that was selected by some college grantees.  I took a quick scan earlier and saw mostly syllabi, student handbooks, instructor guides for vet tech  but the colleges do identify themselves and you can reach out and see if they are willing to share additional materials and/or their methods for creating OER-based vet tech curriculum.


Does anyone have some leads for welding OER material? Any information about the keywords below would be particularly helpful to our CTE program.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Laser Beam Welding (LBW)
Robotic Welding (no acronym)
Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
Oxyfuel Welding (OFW)
Oxyfuel Cutting (OFW)
Metal Fabrication (no acronym)
Nondestructive Examination (NDE)
Nondestructive Testing (NDT)
Destructive Testing (DT) 

Check out BCcampus's 23 Common Core Trades books that might have some of what you are looking for.
Have you looked in Wikibooks as well?
Springer has 17 articles from the Welding in the World journal that are open access:
I'd like to recommend SkillsCommons. It contains free and open learning materials and program support materials for workforce development. I've already found some on welding:

Does anyone have OER for welding? Our welding instructor is looking for resources he can use to replace his textbooks which is over $150. Any suggestions?
Your question sparked my curiosity... so I dug around some.
I found this page at Portland CC
Not a book, but this is cool:
Here is a book that says it is CC-BY 3.0
*Note: I hadn't heard of In Tech until today, anyone else know their work?

Here are some resources that I dug up for welding. Many aren't OER, but are free online.  (OER)  (OER)  (OER)  These are OER, but I'm guessing welding has probably changed a little in the past 100 years (they're kind of neat to look at though!)
Other free options:  (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)   (not OER, but free)   (You have to join the Yahoo group to access the files, join here)   (not OER, but free)  (not OER, but free)   (not OER, but free)  (really cheap welding books)   (not OER, but free)

World Class Manufacturing

I am developing a new World Class Manufacturing course and would like to include several hands-on examples to enhance the learning experience.  
Anyone aware of OER classroom simulations and/or projects that would enable to achieve this goal?

WISC-ONLINE has a variety on online learning objects


College Success

I am in search of two OER for our College Success course; a personality test and a budgeting tool. There are plenty of free personality tests and personal budgeting tools out there, but are any OER?

Take a look at the Quest for Online Success (the OEI readiness program) The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is providing the readiness for online learning program called Quest for Online Success (henceforth referred to as Quest or Quest course) to all 113 CCCs for prospective and currently enrolled students in online and blended courses.  This is currently in pilot but should be available for all CCC by Fall.  You can use as standalone or inside a Canvas course. 
If you do not remember how to get started, here is a copy of the current Getting Started email
If you do not remember your SmarterMeasure credentials, please email me at
Just as a reminder........... here are the basics:
What is Quest?
A free readiness for online learning course built in a Canvas shell that includes:
•             Two pathways – one for novice and the other for experienced online learners
•             SmarterMeasure, a diagnostic assessment of online readiness
•             Skill building multimedia tutorials
•             Quizzes
•             Supplemental resources
The best way to learn more about this program is to go to the Readiness Resource Repository at:
Who is eligible?
You can make Quest available to all prospective and currently enrolled online students.
Four Options
Quest for Summer 2017 remains essentially the same as Quest for Spring 2017.  As each of you spend more time customizing your Quest course with local resources, you will probably not want to start with a new file each term, but would rather update your current course and copy that course for the next term.  To that end, we will be sending you any changes we make to the Quest files.
The two changes for Summer are both found in the Getting Tech Ready module.  Under Supplemental Resources, you will want to delete the Creating Pdfs link which is broken.  You will also want to change your Canvas Tutorials file which includes links to various Canvas videos from the old Canvas website to the Canvas Community website.  The URL for each video has changed and we have provided a new file with all links updated. That file can be found at   These changes have been done for you if you are using the new files for Summer.
What is new for Summer?  We have created two additional files that separate the Novice and Experienced Student Pathways.  You still have the generic option with both pathways and the localized option with both pathways.  The benefit of splitting each pathway into separate Quest courses is that it provides a clearer option for students new to online learning. The Experienced Student Pathway includes resources which are beneficial for all students.  Both pathways include SmarterMeasure (listed as optional in the Experienced Student Pathway) and Module 4 - Becoming an Effective Online Learner.
Links to all four options can be found at
Implementation Details
Each step for creating your Quest course including suggestions for connecting all other eligible students to the Quest program can be found here
The Basics of Quest and SmarterMeasure Webinar on March 16th - please encourage your folks who are new to Quest to join us at noon.
Anita Crawley from the Online Education Initiative and Katie Winter from SmarterServices (company that provides SmarterMeasure within Quest) will answer the following questions:
•             What is Quest?
•             What is SmarterMeasure?
•             What are the benefits of adopting Quest and using SmarterMeasure as a part of Quest?
•             How do I get started?
•             Where do I go for additional information and support?
To Register:
Please tell us if someone else should be included or if you would like your name removed from this email group.  For questions, please contact Anita.

I am on the hunt for OER material around Study Skills for our Learning Strategies counseling course. Although specifically looking for study skills I will gladly accept any other suggested resources for a learning strategies course.

As part of the RxTN grant, we created some student support modules including Study Skills, Test Taking Skills, Time Management, and Reading Effectively for College Students. These modules are located at the bottom of this list:

Hi all, a couple of resources used in Oregon's colleges:
College Success:
A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning To College For Non-traditional Students by Alise Lamoreaux
How to Learn Like a Pro! by Phyllis Nissila
College Success (Saylor)
The Rebus Community is currently supporting a project to develop OERs for College and Career Success, particularly for a typical first-year 3 unit course. Three texts are available as part of this project:

Blueprint for Success in College and Career: A free, Open Educational Resource, Blueprint for Success in College and Career is a students’ guide for classroom and career success. This text, designed to show how to be successful in college and in career preparation focuses on study skills, time management, career exploration, health, and financial literacy.
Blueprint for Success in College: Indispensable Study Skills and Time Management Strategies: This text, designed to show how to be successful in college focuses on study skills and time management.
Blueprint for Success in Career Decision Making: A college students’ guide for career success, this free Open Educational Resource text focuses on major identification and career exploration.

The texts are authored by Dave Dillon, a tenured Professor and counseling faculty at Grossmont College, and are currently undergoing peer review. We expect review to complete by the end of the year, but Amy, you are welcome to peruse through the books to see if any will be appropriate for your Learning Strategies course!

For my sabbatical project this semester, I have been working on curating, co-authoring, and editing a few OER for the College Success genre. Links to drafts are below (in Apurva’s e-mail). They are designed for courses Grossmont College offers: Study Skills and Time Management (one unit), Career Decision Making (one unit), and College and Career Success (three units, CSU GE Area E). Drafts have just been completed and they have been sent out for peer review and an accessibility review, with the goal of another round of editing in late December and final products ready for the Spring semester. It has been a tremendous journey and learning opportunity and I am deeply grateful for the expertise, kindness, and passion from the folks on this listserv and in the Open community.

A few notes and thanks I would like to add if you will indulge me:
I “remixed” four previously existing OER and changed the license from my own previous work to CC BY to create the three new OER.  I’m including the four OER here because I think they are all great on their own:

In addition to two of the texts Amy Hofer included in this thread:
A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning To College For Non-traditional Students by AliseLamoreaux
How to Learn Like a Pro! by Phyllis Nissila
I also remixed content from Lumen Learning’s College Success:
and from Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom:
I recently added the Santa Ana College Student Panel video from OpenEd ’17 to my Preface.

Searching for a college skills/first year experience oer textbook with ancillary materials. 

Here's the open textbook/full course developed by one of our faculty for our first year course at ACC - EDUC 1300 - Effective Learning Strategies. It has built in exercises for each unit.

Career and Life Planning
Student Success


Critical Thinking

We are looking for OER materials for a class in Critical Thinking.  All material formats would be useful, but it would be especially nice to find some OER videos to accompany the course.
One of our Philosophy faculty here at Lansing Community College, Dr. Matthew Van Cleave,  created an OER on Intro to Logic and Critical Thinking. He just recently revised it. It's just plain text though and doesn't contain videos but still might be useful for you.

Early Childhood Education

As a product of a robust discussion at the incredibly motivating OER Summit Friday I have created a Canvas shell to act as a repository of OER information in the Child Development/Early Childhood Education field. As those in this field have discovered there exists no already assembled OER products and as such we have begun some dialogues to leverage our efforts, especially with the ZTC degree grant.  One step is a Canvas shell which enable us to at least begin to gather information pertaining to these courses.  At our college alone we have 32 different courses in ECE with NO OER books already available.  Please share the sign up link with your ECE/CHDEV faculty. Feel free to contact me or Kendra Mull ( with any questions.
1)    Sign up at
2)    Use the following join code: WE67F8

Here is a response from Jennifer Paris.

In addition, you might consider acquiring access to Databrary.  There is a tremendous array of video research/documentation related to developmental processes.  Because it is protected data, you must be authorized by your institution to access it and careful about how you use it, but it is an excellent resource.   

Instructional Design

Looking for OER materials or a book for an instructional design foundations course 
For a very traditional approach, you might look at . Some related information is available in the online open book Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching, and Technology available at .


Our e-Learning department is looking for an OER book on Netiquette.  Does anybody know of one?

I don't know of a whole book, but I'm wondering what they might want it for. I'm also wondering if they could use pieces of a Business Communications book, and do an OER-Enabled assessment around converting it to be all about Netiquette.
I've never really considered that the topic needs a whole book. Here are some sample pages that I've used/seen in the past:

Open Education

The Michigan Academic Library Association OER interest group is thinking of getting together a cohort of librarians to do a more formal training/certification program.  We're considering the CC Librarian Certificate.  Does anyone know if the EdX Introduction to Open Education course from UT-Arlington is going to be offered again?  Other suggestions?

I teach an Introduction to Open Education every other year in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology. Though this is a face to face class, you can see the course design, readings, and activities from the most recent offering at . All course content created by me is licensed CC BY and I hope you'll find some of it interesting enough to reuse. It won't be long until I'll be updating it for the fall 2018 offering...
As was already mentioned, the content for the edX course George and I offered is all available from .
I would also highly recommend the CC Certificate. I've been deeply involved in the design of the program and will be teaching the first two sections next year. I know I'm biased, but it's going to be terrific. =)
You might want to check in with SPARC. I know that they are piloting an OER Leadership training for librarians.
Also, this isn't about general OER, but you're welcome to anything from my most recent offering on completing IP reviews for open courses. It's mostly meant as a training for the technical effort of reviewing courses before publicly releasing them.

There's a terrific open course by the Scotland OEPS/Open University UK team called "Becoming an Open Educator" it's self-directed but you could design your own community of practice cohort. It's a great introduction for those that are new to OER and OEP (Open Educational Practices). The Introduction to Open Education edX course was a bit of a disappointment in terms of content and learning (in my opinion). It wasn't well facilitated and the community, in terms of discussion within and outside of the course, was not very engaged.  CC is still fine tuning their training. We here in Ontario are keeping an eye on the opportunities with that and would be glad to collaborate with anything in the region that gets underway!

Special Education

Our education faculty is looking for some specific resources.  We’ve searched all the major OER search engines but are coming up short.  Do any of you know of course materials (preferably textbooks) for a special education course?  We are also looking for an Introduction to Education text as well.
Thanks for whatever help you can give!

We are also on a lookout for Intro to Education open textbooks! I have come across The Teaching Channel that has videos under CC BY-NC-SA. And this Teaching in a Digital Age open textbook.

An instructor at our college is using The First Year by Kristi Johnson Smith (from Learn NC).


I'm looking for sample, very short, summaries of open pedagogy assignments to share via a website for people new to the concept. 
I'm defining open pedagogy as any assignment that takes advantage of the 5Rs to ask students to add to the collection of resources that support future classes and learning. I don't need fully fleshed out lessons with rubrics and content, I just want short summary ideas so that others might be able to adapt them.
Example summaries might be:
Students in my class write exam questions.
In preparation for exams, I ask students to write study guides and hints that can be reused by other students. I publish the best ones via my course website.
My goal is to build a collection of short ideas for people who want to try open pedagogy, but who may want more specific ideas to build off of.
Please feel free to respond to me off list. I'll share the collection with the whole list as soon as I have a good collection of ideas.

We have a landscape design instructor who has her students go out and identify plants. She has them take pictures of the plants that she then uses as examples for other classes or for assignments asking "identify this plant." 
I realize this doesn't necessarily translate to more traditional courses, but I thought it was a neat idea and great example of open pedagogy.

We started this doc  at BCcampus a couple of years ago and it has 33 examples in it. 

I've compiled some student examples here:

Here's my open assignment:  Students are encouraged to add to and further develop the course's "learning guides."  Currently, I haven't made the learning guides "open" but plan to in the future.  The assignment though is structured in a way that aligns with open pedagogies:

Does anyone know of an Open Pedagogy repository/collection of syllabi or lessons?
There is lots of discussions going on about Open Pedagogy and I am seeking some examples of what people have done to demonstrate Open Pedagogy.  Especially interested if you have examples of it being tied into an existing learning theory like, constructivism (open constructivism) behaviorism (open behaviorism) etc.
A couple of open pedagogy resources in case you haven’t seen them:
1. There is a great chapter on Open Pedagogy with 4 examples of open pedagogy assignments in the recently released:
Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science   –   Rajiv S. Jhangiani and Robert Biswas-Diener editors.
PDF download: From OER to Open Pedagogy: Harnessing the Power of Open (Robin DeRosa and Scott Robison
2.The website is dedicating April to Open Pedagogy.  You can find interviews and some other great resources including a 90 minute recorded hangout with some of the thought leaders in open practice and pedagogy.
3. CCCOER is having an online discussion on Wed, April 26, on open pedagogy specifically using the Chapter by Robin DeRosa and Scott Robison as a frame for the discussion.

There is also this page which is a list of examples of open pedagogy, including links to the work.

There's also a curated list of posts on open pedagogy by Bali Maha:
Also a Google document on Tweets and comments re: open pedagogy:

There is a list of resources on the Year of Open, What is Open Pedagogy page (at the bottom).  I will be glad to add additional resources .......

Here's a link to the Common Cartridge export of my CC-BY Educational Technology course.  It has a unit on learning theories:  

Study Skills

I am on the hunt for OER material around Study Skills for our Learning Strategies counseling course. Although specifically looking for study skills I will gladly accept any other suggested resources for a learning strategies course.

While not an OER, the book "Make it Stick" is an excellent survey of the science behind effective learning strategies.

I keep seeing references to this book, College Success:   but can't vouch for it personally.  

Our College Success courses use the book just sent out from the Open Textbook Network

I'm working on something similar and have to agree- Make it Stick! by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel is a great resource. For students, the last chapter is full of strategies for implementing the strategies discussed. Maybe distill it into an inforgraphic? 
Also check out Retrieval Practice:
I'm looking forward to seeing what others share. You are correct Amanda, it's an excellent sign when we can post a request because our colleagues want to explore OER. 
There are two adaptations of College Success from our university on this site -

I’m both a librarian, the coordinator of our college success course, and the chair of our OER task force.

I use this book, too:   and really like it.

However, one half of our course is focused on health and wellness. While many of the college success and study skills books have a little on that topic, if there are whole entire OER books you can recommend that cover health and wellness all by itself I’d like to know about those titles.

Of course, please keep sharing additional college success/study skills OER books.

There’s a great Coursera course by UC San Diego on “Learning how to Learn” -

Not openly licensed AFAIK, but may be of help. It covers some great topics on hacking your own capacity to learn even intimidating and complex topics.

The California Community College Online Education Initiative created some CC BY Online Readiness Modules that are not only very good and address varying learning preferences, but they are also 508-compliant.  The URL to take a look at them is:


Technology Integration

Does anyone know of any good OER resources that related to technology integration in the K-12 classroom
 (21st century classroom).  This is for a class being taught to pre-service teachers/education majors at a community college on things to know about integrating technology into the classroom.  
Content includes Being a 21st Century Teacher, Transforming Learning, Digital Citizenship, Social Media in the Classroom, ISTE standards, Developing Curriculum with Technology,
Reliability/Validity/Info Literacy, etc. 


 I would like to build a list of open resources (textbooks, supplementals, apps) related to Educational Technology.    (I have Dr. Wiley’s “PM 4 ID” on the list). 
For ed tech resources, try




Anyone have leads for a Mechanical Engineer Open Textbook?
Might be something useful in the INTECH library

I am trying to help our vocational technician training program find OER textbooks covering introductory AC and DC circuitry.  Any suggestions where to look?

Here are links to materials currently in use at Oregon community colleges:
Basic Electronics 1: DC Circuit Analysis playlist (54 free online lectures) Author: Jim Pytel, NSF ATE CREATE and Columbia Gorge Community College
Electrically Controlled Systems playlist (50+ free online lectures) Author: Jim Pytel, NSF ATE CREATE and Columbia Gorge Community College
All About Circuits, Vol.1: Direct Current (DC). This work is shared under a Design Science License (more info on the license here: ).
Linn-Benton Community College  in-house videos

There are a couple of DC and AC circuit books on this link:
I haven’t heard anything about them, but just happened to come across them in a separate search, so I’m passing them on.

I’m looking for an introductory engineering book / resource that would cover:
What is engineering?
What do engineers do?
What are the different disciplines within engineering and what do they do?

The CK12 book may be a good starting point.
Original source: CK12
Licensing: CC-BY-NC
While it is focused for a high school level and does not cover all of your topics, the open licensing allows you to revise and remix. It might be a great start for an intro course.

 I have a professor who's interested in engineering OER texts, particularly drafting and engineering design. I'm not seeing much in those two areas. Is anyone aware of resources for these?
Engineering is a difficult area.  I recently searched for OER for our entire engineering curriculum.  I've attached my search spreadsheet for our Engineering Graphics course.  There are four sheets/tabs in the Excel file attached.  The library resources tab may have ebooks or articles for which your library has access.  

(Rachel Dilley < >) The University of North Dakota has had a few faculty in Engineering creating OERs, but so far, it’s been 1 or 2 OERs each in Electrical, Mechanical, Petroleum, and Geological Engineering.  We have a few faculty in Engineering who are really enthused about OERs, but we’re still a bit early in this – we’ve been doing OERs for less than 3 years.

Electrical Engineering Technology

I have an EET instructor seeking OER content on circuits (RC, DC), preferably video but text would also work, that truly registers at the community college level. The majority of what we’ve found speaks to the bachelor’s level and uses calculus, whereas the courses in question use algebra.

Have you checked out Jim Pytel's work at CGCC?



I was curious if anyone has found a good OER text for a WR122/Composition II course. I am working with About Writing by Robin Jeffrey for a WR121/Composition I course, but I'd like to see if other writing/composition instructors have found anything else for the next level up.

 I like Writing for Success and Writing in College: from Competence to Excellence. Links are below.  For our ATD OER Degree Grant, one of our English professors is seeking a truly open text for his English Composition II course.  In his words:
“Ideally, I am looking for texts that offer writing theory that is up to date, fairly challenging, and succinct. I like chapters in the 15-25 page length.”
“In terms of topics, recent articles about technology, medicine (stem-cell research), culture, and the environment are all good bets.”

The best examples he has come up with, both by Charles Bazeman, are too restrictive to meet the grant. ND as a permission restriction is a deal killer.
A Rhetoric of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 1 - CC BY-NC-ND

The Informed Writer – no CC designation given – restricted non-commercial and non-derivative, no republishing -
Anyone have any thoughts regarding something that fits these requirements and is either CC 0, CC BY, or CC BY SA?

 Hi Peter, I'm not sure if this fits the criteria, but he might want to take a look at Jenn Kepka's Oregon Writes Open Writing Text. FYI, Amy
Rhetoric and Composition

English 101: 

I’m looking for OER textbooks that would work for my college’s English 101 (Composition) and English 102 (Literature and Composition). I have checked the suggestions the index for this listserv, but nothing there would meet our needs. I have also found about 11 general OER composition textbooks so far, but all of them are either under-developed or too advanced for our courses. Is there anything else out there? I have not found any textbooks suitable for our Literature and Composition course (which focuses on analysis of literary works in the major genres).

I asked one of our staff members (thank you Fred) to pull the resources we were recently looking at for our English courses. Hope this helps.
Lumen courses:

Level 1:
Level 2: is a great secondary source for students to use in tandem with their textbook. It covers very specific portions of academic writing that I find students often have questions on when coming in for tutoring. There are video lectures to accompany the text. It also covers literary theory which she may find useful for her literature/102 course.

Database for older public domain literature project


I know there are myriad OER's for a basic textbook for an English 101/intro to comp course. But I'm looking to see what's out there for interactive adult learner native speaking grammar quizzes/exercises that can work well as a supplement to the course. So much of the grammar/quiz stuff is clearly aimed at K-12 or non-native speakers. There's gotta be something targeted towards adult learners who need individual practice with syntax and sentence building skills.  

The Grammar Essentials section of the Excelsior Online Writing Lab  could be a help.

Critical Reading and Writing

I am in the witching hour before textbook reqs are due and am desperately hoping to find some great resources for our English faculty teaching the Critical Reading and Writing course.
I have a vast repository of resources compiled which could be possible but these are overwhelming to go through at this late hour.
I don’t know the discipline well enough to be confident in what I whittle out and am terrified I could think a resource not pertinent and it’s actually fabulous.
Do you have any awesome choices I can offer up.
Top 3 complete resources I can present. The course description is below as well as the current text adoptions. 

Try these:
Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research
By the Ohio State University Libraries. CC-BY.
Exploring Perspectives: A Concise Guide to Analysis
The Information Literacy User's Guide
The Process of Research Writing


English of Academic Purposes

I am looking for OERs on English for Academic Purposes. Are there any out there that your institutions use? 

You may want to check this:  (English courses at Saylor)

Thanks, Barthelemy! Simone, if you look at any Saylor English course, look for the "Resources" link on the left of the page to see all the resources on one page -- makes browsing a bit easier.
There are a couple open textbooks as well:

You might also look at Bad Ideas about Writing here:
There are three options listed under English Language Learning in the eCampusOntario Open Textbook Library:

Ethical Research

I've found plenty of OER materials at the English 101 level with a handful of chapters about ethical research, but are there any OERs that focus only/specifically on ethical research?

Treasa, I searched MERLOT using "ethical research" as a term and found the following. They may not all be relevant, but you might look through these. Also, from MERLOT you can search other libraries if you click on Other Libraries at the top of the page:

You said you found chapters, which leads me to think you've already discovered OSU's Choosing and Using Sources, but I thought I'd send it along just in case. Chapter 7 is on ethical research.

Here's the link -

Fairy Tales

I'm working with a professor who teaches a class on feminism and fairy tales, and she is looking for open resources for fairy tales, especially non Western ones to read in her class. Right now, the main priority is finding versions of stories themselves.
So far the resources I've found have been Open Folklore ( ) for ideas, then ( ) to see examples of stories out there, then the Hathi Trust to find original versions of the books the stories are in. However, most of the stories I'm finding that way are by early 20th century white authors writing for a white audience - certainly interesting to analyse, but I'm wondering it there's better representation out there.
Does anyone have ideas on where to look next for resources on fairy tales? 

Not specifically fairy-tale, but our OER-veteran English instructor Trish Nelson relies heavily on this website ( ) for the myth/theory section of her composition and reading class. She says it has some great folklore.

Thank you everyone! I felt like I was hitting a wall, but now I'm excited to get back to the professor - so many of these look perfect.  I've had a few people share directly with me, so here are the materials I have compiled:


Does anyone know of any free or open grammar tools to check for grammatical errors and sentence structure?

Try  . I ask all of my students to use it before submitting their assignments. It's particularly helpful for ESL / EFL speakers.
Grammarly has a plug-in and it works within learning management systems and other software
Grammar Bytes is also useful  
From an earlier query, I learned about an openly licensed tool for diagramming sentences:
I tried and had mixed results. I wrote a sample including multiple errors. Grammarly picked up a lot--spacing, s/v agreement (present tense), its/it is, spelling errors. However, it didn't fix sentence boundaries (a big disappointment), s/v agreement in past tense, all there/their/they're errors, unparallel lists, etc. On balance, I still think it's useful, but would warn students that it misses a lot.


Central New Mexico Community College is working on creating a supplementary grammar guide to support our English OER! As we begin the process, I thought I would ask if anyone has created or knows about any CC licensed English grammar quizzes? We are hoping to supplement the guide with built in quizzes.

The University of Victoria has created an English Language Centre Study Zone that includes a grammar section. The description for this tool says: The Study Zone is for students of the English Language Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria. ELC teachers create the English language lessons and practice exercises. The site is designed for our adult English language learners, but all are welcome to read the lessons and use the exercises.
This tool/content is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.

Chauna Ramsey at Columbia Gorge Community College has shared her grammar assessments:

Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) has an index of writing and reading activities along with other writing resources. All licensed CCBY.
Instructions on how to embed exercises are available here:

You'll find some homegrown OER at Scottsdale CC's resource hub related to composition:
Grammar Workbook with activities:
Common Errors Assessment:

Life of an Amorous Woman

Translated and published in 1963 by Ivan Morris (who died in 1976).
I have checked the Copyright records and didn't find a renewal, but I am also not able to find it in Project Gutenberg or any other online sources.
Does anyone have a clue where I can find an open source of this title for our English department?

The preview on this page (  ) claims it's copyrighted. If the copyright for the translation was allowed to lapse in 1991, it seems like somebody would've noticed it ...
I couldn't find renewal record either (downloaded data set here, , and searched through for keywords I could think of), but it's possible I somehow missed it in about 20 minutes' search.
According to the preview, the copyright is by Unesco---if copyright was held by an organization, it doesn't seem like they would have let it lapse (unlike if it was held by an individual author/translator, who could have no longer cared enough about the work to let it lapse).

It's on Open Library and Internet Archive. You'll just have to join the "waitlist" for it, but it looks like there would be only one person ahead of you. Check it out:


Any suggestions for an OER that introduces Linguistics? This would be for an American Sign Language class--so it doesn't have to be super in-depth. 

There is a title on BC Campus that might work:

Another option could be

Wikibooks Linguistics



A fellow faculty member and I are designing an Introduction to Literature course. We are having difficulty finding materials on schools of literary criticism and important theorists with CC licensing. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy ( ) would be a great example of the type of resource we are looking for. Unfortunately, it is not CC. Any suggestions for resources on major schools of literary theory/criticism and important thinker would very much appreciated.
Places to find post-1950 open source texts would also be helpful.
Here are 150+ links I assembled for students when I was teaching an Introduction to Literature course:
Some of the links are almost ten years old, so many could be dead.

You might know about these already, but University of Michigan has some books that could have useful material in them. (They seem to have CC-BY-NC-ND licenses, though.);c=etlc;idno=9362034.0001.001;rgn=full%20text;view=toc;xc=1;g=dculture
You might also try Bloomsbury Open Access publishing:  
It's not the easiest thing to search, but they used to have a number of explorations of literature in that collection. 
Although like any academic publisher, the sources mentioned above are mostly going to be a little too much for an introductory lit crit class.
I've always wanted to see if I could build a class on Literary Criticism using open access journals. I've not had the time, but I think it might be fun to explore that opportunity. If you want to try that approach, I would start with the Directory of Open Access Journals:

I’ve taken a look at what’s listed on Larry Green’s index under English, but I am also seeking – for a faculty member – information on what others are using for OER Introduction to Literature courses. I’ve found Lumen’s course, and will search Canvas Commons, (we use Canvas) but if anyone is using something beyond those, I’d love to hear about it!

Hi Megan, you can see what's being used in Oregon here:
I am currently curating all required readings for six English literature courses at our college to find all public domain literature assigned in each of these classes. What is hopeful about this, there is a great overlap. When it is not in PD I am looking for legal access to copyrighted readings either in our database collection or online. As a third step I am asking authors/publishers for royalty-free reuse permission or for them to consider donating a work to the creative commons. As of now, I am working in Google docs to gather all the readings. Faculty who teach these courses may edit down PD material to fit their needs, but mostly I am looking for poems, short stories, essays, and short criticisms. I am working from selections in several traditional anthologies from Macmillan and Norton. The classes range from American Literature to World Literature to English Composition. I have exactly one class set-up in our LibGuides. If the other professors adopt what I find, I am not sure how it will be presented, but the highest enrollment course, English Composition II, will not go without a print book option. With a mix of PD, CC-license, and proprietary I do not think I will convince that department to go OER. I think they will adopt a reader of the more recent highly desirable readings they want and go with that and be happy. But I am still striving to convince them they can do OER and do without sacrificing good, diverse, contemporary literature. I need an author or publisher to say OK to a single CC-licensed poem/short story/essay from one major author within their catalog, i.e. Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Raymond Carver, John Updike, Zora Neale Hurston, Edwidge Danticat, etc. I think it can be done, I think it needs more backing from someone bigger than me. I think if there was a universal consensus on which works those should be and we as an OER community can ask in a bigger, more public way, it could happen.  
Happy to share my Google Docs.  Thanks,  Alexis Carlson

Ours is a “Literature Through the Humanities” course (LIT2000), and was recently developed for our Achieving the Dream OER AA degree pathways grant. We attribute 46 sources in this course, so there is no single open resource used. This list includes some LibraVox readings of some of the pieces. At some point in the not too distant future, Lumen Learning should have our course content available for others to see/use, etc.

The faculty member who served as our Subject Matter Expert (SME) used 6 readings (in Module 5) from the Harlem Renaissance as a way to utilize a more modern literary and artistic movement to provide a greater mix of authors and content. The combination of readings for each module, original writing by the SME, journals, essays and discussion forums makes up our course.
In the meantime, below are the course module topics. I’d be happy to provide more info offline if you would like it.

1 - The Reader and the Text
2 – Responding to Fiction
3 – The Art of Poetry
4 – The Art of Tragic Drama
5 – The Text and the World: The Harlem renaissance, a Case Study
6 – Research for Literary Analysis 

Music (writing about)

It looks like I will be developing some new online and hybrid courses this summer, and I'd like to use OER materials instead of requiring a textbook. I hope to develop a section of ENGL 102 with a theme of popular music, in which students will study the history of musical genres, styles, and artists and then conduct research on a music-related topic of their choosing.
For the research/writing part, a book I have used in the past is The Craft of Research. It would be great to find a comparable OER resource for this. I did some cursory searching of music history OER sources, and I found some leads, but I want to avoid materials that address discipline-specific components such as music theory and instrumentation.

A couple of the resources in use in Oregon might interest this faculty member:

Hello! Here are 2 resources:

I don't know if this would work, but it's worth a look:



- What I initially sent to the instructor: 

I found an OpenLearn poetry course but the interface is so confusing that I hesitate to even recommend that you look at it. 

Project Gutenberg has a list of public domain poetry anthologies here:  and search results for "poetry anthology" here:

- The instructor's wonderfully open-pedagogy-flavored reply:

Thanks! The more I think about it, the more I think I'll go ahead and commit to doing the class OER. And after all, I don't have to create it all ahead of time. I can have students research what the greatest poems are and help gather the texts. We learn better when we have choice and investment, after all, right? 

- Additional ideas from the listservs:
Heather Ross suggested Robin DeRosa's Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature (not everything in the book is poetry). More info on the project: My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice. 
Kim Read suggested English Literature: Victorians and Moderns from BC Campus (contains other genres as well).
Jody Bailey suggested a google book search limited to before 1923. Search results (this is a long list!).
Cheryl Huff suggests a Bartleby poetry search and the University of Toronto's Representative Poetry Online (both are free but not open).

But wait, there's more...

Kristi Jensen suggested and
Janelle Wertzberger sent a link to a course:  

And the instructor shared Genius--originally a crowdsourcing tool for analyzing rap lyrics. But it's grown to become so much more and now has tons of classic poems, annotated by readers.

Cheryl Huff suggests a Bartleby poetry search and the University of Toronto's Representative Poetry Online (both are free but not open).

An instructor is looking for an openly licensed resource to teach diagramming sentences. He wants to replace this copyrighted book (free but not open, possibly posted in violation of copyright):
I sent him links to open textbooks with chapters on sentences: Sentence Building, Sentence Style, Writing Basics: What Makes a Good Sentence?. He'd really like to find an online resource that would teach students to diagram - maybe even something cool and interactive.

Amy, my husband teaches ESL and some of his students love diagramming sentences, so he sends these:  (interactive)



Any recommendations for good open content for English Language Learners?
Here are videos made by Brett Myhren from Saddleback College in CA. The videos are all CC BY.

Below are the resources that were shared in this mailing list before. Hope they help. :-)
COERLL, The University of Texas Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning ( )
BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English (Scroll down and you will see 5 books)

The OWL at Purdue has some resources:  
This open book has a chapter for English Language Learners:  
This open book also has a pretty good chapter: 
Materials for ESL?  One of my faculty is asking, so I will pass along anything that comes my way.
My husband teaches ESL at our college, and he teaches fully OER. This is one favorite site: Athabasca U:   

Does anyone have information on low level ESL open source material?
Caron, my husband uses resources and materials from Athabasca U in teaching ESL here at GCC:
Hi Caron, here are a few ESOL options used in Oregon community colleges:

Does anyone one have Citizenship OER material for second language learners? 

Here are some that we use for our citizenship class not for credit course 

Listed below are the links for the USCIS citizenship materials, all the material are free and can be down loaded as PDF documents:
In addition, under the USCIS website educators tab there are other materials available for instructors.

For ESL and Citizenship materials, you might try the I-DEA materials at the OpenWashington hub in OER Commons.
Here is a link to Spring Quarter:

Here is a link to the whole project:
I don't think it is truly OER, but we've had some folks run learning circles with second language learners who are taking the citizenship test using

Here's a presentation of what they did at the Rhode Island public library with that course material.

I am working with a colleague to identify OER resources for ESL (English as a Second Language) material. She indicated she has found some grammar and composition items, but nothing for speaking and listening objectives. Thanks! 
Hi Melody, here's what's known to be in use in Oregon:


I have an instructor looking to develop a curriculum that simultaneously teaches language while preparing ESL students for their bridge into college. Some refer to this as contextualized instruction and some refer to it as English for Specific Purposes (ESP). So, it’s college readiness for speakers of languages other than English. She intends to use this at a community program outside the college which will help prepare these students for admission to our community college.  I realize this is quite specific, so any OER related to college readiness or non-English speakers may be able to be adapted.

I recommend Dave Dillon's college success textbook: . Dave remixes many open sources, so you can find more content through his links. 
This is what I know to be in use for ESOL courses in Oregon:

Does anyone know of an open textbook on Academic English for Bilingual Students? 
 Read Faster, Understand More: Advanced Academic Reading Skills for English Language Learners, Compiled by Timothy Krause

Technical Writing

Today in our English Faculty meeting we spoke about the possibility of shifting to a Technical Writing OER, so I thought I would ask if anyone is using an OER that they particularly love? 
This is the OER for Technical Writing developed by Amber Kinonen at Bay College:  

I did a pretty thorough search for our Tech Writing instructor last semester and parked the list in the OER libguide here.  Top left column.

This resource is also linked on Tina's libguide she sent, but I just wanted to add that we have several ACC faculty actively using the David McMurrey book.

Hi all, here's the link to the technical writing book developed at COCC and PCC:

They Say/I Say

Hi all, thank you for the excellent suggestions! The faculty member is going to look through the resources you all have shared. I won't pretend to have read them all, but in particular the Academic Phrasebank seems really useful in finding open/free alternatives to They Say/I Say (it is free but under copyright).
Here's the roundup of responses: 

Write Here, Right Now:
Guide to Writing:
English Comp I:  
English Comp II:
Writing in College:
About Writing:   
Writing Spaces:  
Academic Phrasebank:
CARS model of introductions handout:
Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence by Amy Guptill: (in particular “Chapter 5: Listening to Sources, Talking to Sources”: )
English 100 (Freshman Composition) reader:

Writing the Research Paper

I have a faculty member at my college who is searching for OER in his English Critical Reasoning:  Writing the Research Paper course.  Here is his description of what he needs:
 It would be a rhetorical reader with activities and some content concerning researching/research writing.  More specifically, He would like something that addresses rhetoric, argumentation, logical fallacies, inventing/the writing process, and research writing, and which contains a selection of readings/examples/activities.  
Have him contact Brent Kendrick at LFCC -  

You might have him contact Josh Sunderbruch ( ). Josh has a resource he wrote and has been using for the English research paper course. The last time Josh and I spoke, it wasn't yet OER, but he was open to licensing it that way. Having a fellow faculty member from the discipline who is interested in the content might help move that along.

Check out the Excelsior OWL (

It has a section on researching (  ) and rhetorical styles( ) with examples and activities.

In Oregon that's WR 122. Here's what I know has been adopted for that course:   

Environmental Science

An instructor at our community college in Washington State is looking for the following. Although he's interested in local environmental issues, any resources on these topics that you all know about are greatly appreciated.

"I am looking for OER materials I can use with an environmental science class (Local environmental issues) in the fall. I need something that covers the following topics:
Population growth, Sprawl/Land Use, Water resources, Water Pollution, Energy, Waste (household, municipal, hazardous), Air pollution"

This book on sustainability might have some useful components:
- show quoted text -
Check out
This is where the materials from the TAACCCT grant were uploaded.  You'll find many courses related to sustainability and a few certificate and degree programs.
You might check out the spreadsheet that an Environmental Science team in Oregon put together when redesigning a course:

Looking for two OER:
1) Meteorology for Non-Science Majors
2) Intro Oceanography (Marine Science)
Does anyone have any suggestions or know of OER in development for these subjects?

This book from BCcampus may be useful -,%20Ocean%20&%20Atmospheric%20Science



I have a faculty member looking for a textbook for a new introduction to environmental science course with a sustainability focus. Here is the course description if that helps with resources:
This course aims to teach students the skills to both define sustainability and to assess if a given process or product can be deemed “sustainable.”  Synthesis of fundamental ecological principles and anthropogenic activities will be covered. Conversation about pollution prevention, ecological risk, and remediation will aim to help students become more sustainable world citizens.

This one looks promising, since the first word of the forward is “sustainability”

Hi April, you could also check out Matt Fisher's book:

This book from Ohio State might be more supplemental, but it still may have useful components. This is an example of open pedagogy where students at Ohio State actually wrote and maintain this textbook.

Water Quality Monitoring

A faculty member at Saddleback College is looking for OER related to Water Quality Monitoring (ENV 140).  I had him look at the three Water Technology resources from College of the Canyons and his feedback was: "These textbooks are directed towards an operator's license at a water treatment plant.  These are excellent textbook materials - someone put a lot of effort into preparing them.  However, my course has a stronger direction towards understanding regulations, field monitoring and laboratory analysis."

Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon has found library ebooks that work for some of their WW courses:
I'll pass along the info about the open resources in this area from COC (link: ).


I have 2 faculty looking for French OER’s – I did find this
If you have any others that you could share, it is much appreciated.  They also asked if there were any grants available for creating an OER class – not sure where to look.
OLI also has French 1 and 2:

Can I tag onto this and ask about any OER material in French? 
I'm not aware of any resources myself, but I believe Greg Szczyrbak at Millersville Unviersity is working with faculty to create French OER. I've copied him in so he can give you more information and point you to these resources.

COERLL has a bunch of things in French: . 
And here are some others too:
If you haven’t checked it out already, Merlot also has a good language collection that is easy to search:

our French instructors are using Liberte:

I have a professor currently using, Promenades, 3rd ed. ISBN-13: 978-1-68005-008-0, I have combed through several searches for resources for replacement materials. I am not finding a lot that have been peer reviewed with a lot of feedback about the resource. If you have French professors that could provide recommendations, please share with me. Professor is hoping to get materials that not only provides the grammar and literature, but is recent enough to teach the current culture of France. Also, interested in supplemental resources that include conversations (podcasts, videos, etc). 
The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at U Texas has a lot of material available.  The general link is  .  


Cultural Geography

Has anyone come across OER for a cultural geography course? Our instructor is already using an open textbook for his world regional geography course, but would like to start using OER for his cultural course, as well. It looks like is down too?

We’re working with Rebus on a new open textbook for our Human Geography course. You can find information on this project here -


Physical Geography

We (West Hills Coalinga) are looking for a lab manual for physical geography, does anyone have a resource that you can share?  Our faculty here have searched for one but have not been successful in locating one.

I (Jen Bjerke) ran into the same issue so I am piloting my own OER physical geography lab manual this semester at San Bernardino Valley College. I'll be ready to share it sometime this summer. Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to contact me.

The University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia, working with the Rebus Foundation, and in the process of writing a Human Geography textbook.

World Geography

Our GEOG department chair is developing a hybrid version of the course and wants to replace the expensive current textbook.  OpenStax has nothing, and zero hits of "geography" on Larry Green's mega-list.  I found    Anything else?

If you haven’t examined it yet, you may want to check out the resources on this site:    Our Geography department has found it useful. 

See:  If the link does not work, go to "" and search "Geography." Three open textbooks are listed.  Good luck.

Thanks, Barbara! 

We've created a Google doc with links to OERs on this topic.  Because we're using it for a course development project, we've limited edit access to our team for now. Thanks, all, for sharing.  Larry, feel free to add this to your list.  


I have an instructor who is teaching world geography, she currently uses World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization (  ). The problem she is currently facing is access to a free detailed academic atlas. Does anyone know of one that is available?  

Hi Kristine, would the CIA World Factbook work? See e.g. "Albania":
Downside is that it is organized primarily by nations, of course
Also, it's a bit of heavy lifting to find/gather, but Wikimedia Commons has pretty good/diverse maps collections, e.g. Albania again:
I know little about Wikimedia's "Atlas of the World", but maybe also useful:

I searched on MERLOT and found several possibles, although I'm not quite sure what an "academic" atlas would be:
While not technically "an atlas," some of Stanford's GIS resources are open and could possibly be used to simulate an academic atlas. 

Like ArcGIS, I believe  QGIS (an openly available download) has a bank of maps within the program and has the potential to be used for course material. It may be worth checking out here:
The two faculty heavily involved with GIS work there, David Medieros and Stace Maples are both incredibly approachable (I interned as an MLIS student in their department) and their contact information is located here:
They may have suggestions for open sources based on your faculty member's course needs.


I have an instructor who is looking for an open text or substantive open materials/ labs for a historical geology class. This course is in our VCCS catalog as GOL106, and the course description is: Traces the evolution of the earth and life through time. Presents scientific theories of the origin of the earth and life and interprets rock and fossil record.
There is a wikibook by Hardcastle, but the instructor feels it more fits the course we offer, GOL105, Physical Geology: Introduces the composition and structure of the earth and modifying agents and processes. Investigates the formation of minerals and rocks, weathering, erosion, earthquakes, and crustal deformation. Does anyone know of anything, anywhere for 106? Cheers and thanks!

Check out Chapters 7 and 8 here to see if it meets your needs. Good Luck!

Good morning! I'm doing a little research into the resources available for an Environmental Geoscience course. The textbook we use currently is Environmental Geology by Reichard, James S. Are there some open textbooks or other resources that anyone has used in a 100-level geology course? 

Our Geology instructor is transitioning over to  this upcoming fall semester.

Our Physical Geology book is quite good and widely used:


Health Education

Hello - I have done some searching but wanted to see if anyone had some good OER sources/materials for the following Health Ed class (class content description from the instructor below):
Thank you
Here is my course description for HE 101
Students will explore health behaviors, heath promotion and wellness concepts. The course includes study and analysis of specific lifestyle factors and their relationships to well-being and disease. Areas of study will include mental wellness, stress and stress management, physical fitness, nutrition, weight management, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, heart disease, cancer, infectious diseases, sexuality, birth control, consumerism and environmental health.
This topic has come up on the list before so you may be able to find more in the old archives  University of Oklahoma has a great lib guide page on health sciences.  which includes a health education open textbook written by Foothill Community College Dean Judy Baker (PhD Public Health) several years ago.

One of our professors developed an open textbook for her Disease Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles course:
It is licensed as CC-BY.

A couple more resources that might be useful for you:  This course was developed by Santa Ana College and has been adopted broadly. It draws from multiple resources that in themselves might be worth exploring more deeply for relevant content.  There are some resources about drugs, alcohol, safety, and others from your list. 

This is what's being used at PCC:

Here's one more for your collection:  Disease Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles:

I found the Lumen Health book and chose to convert it to a Google Document so that I could adjust the order, add a couple more chapters, and I also wanted to ensure my students could easily get a paper copy from our bookstore.  
Here's the link to the google document I made:  
I'd love to hear your feedback and any suggestions you have.
Also, I did have the Google Document checked for accessibility by our specialist and it passed all requirements.

Health Science

Merlot has a nice collection of objects which can be used in the health sciences area.  To see them go to:  Then click on “General” topics in the lower right of that screen.  Many more topics, broken down by specialty, will appear on the next page.

Medical Terminology

I have a faculty member creating an online Medical Terminology course for 1 credit hour.  I found the resources below, but she’s requesting a “more comprehensive” single resource, preferably system based.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.,_suffixes_and_prefixes

Here is a link to a resource from the grant that I worked on:
There is a Medical Terminology module (two modules, I believe) organized according to each body system. There are also worksheets that accompany the modules which help the learner to review his or her understanding of the basic prefixes, root words, and suffixes for medical terms and procedures.

Pharmacology Nursing

I am looking for an OER textbook for Pharmacology Nursing. Any suggestions?  

A faculty member of ours in dental hygiene is developing a Pharmacology OER - it's not an open textbook (and also not for nursing), but it may include some materials that could support your curriculum. You might contact her:


I have a professor looking for any textbooks that would align well with the course outline for wellness. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

You could also look at the Health book produced at College of the Canyons: Health. We can send you the Word file if needed.

You could check out the materials created at PCC:


African American and US History
A faculty is looking for open textbook and resources for the following history subjects:
-          Introduction to Western civilization (1400 to 1900)
-          African-American history (Reconstruction-)

Would one of these work for the first request?  (there’s also a volume 2 & 3)

  Here's a Western Civ II remix that a SUNY faculty member stood-up:

The AtD OER Degree program early release of content had an African-American course included:

Art History

I’m looking for an Art History OER to replace Gardner’s “Art Through the Ages.” Any ideas?
You might find one of these a good replacement: Pacific Northwest HistoryThe BC Open Textbooks collection has the Canadian History Pre-Confederation.  This was just published last year and may have some content of interest.

Try these, mostly primary resources:
The Tacoma Public Library has a robust Northwest Room:
as does Seattle's:


I am searching for assessments and instructor resources for Art History I and II.  Any assistance would be appreciated. 
You might look at Art History Teaching Resources, a peer populated platform for art history teachers. They have lesson plans that are broken out by theme as well as by class amongst a ton of other resources.

There are a variety of Art History materials in MERLOT. Below is a link to that search:

It’s included in the great MERLOT list but the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s open access program has an incredible amount of materials that would be perfect for Art History I and II.
Open Access Images []
Heilbrun Timeline of Art History []
Also, Smarthistory has excellent essays and videos:  [].
Of course, there are many museums with open content but the Met is a good starting point.-- 

California Politics
I have a Political Science faculty member looking for an open textbook for a California Politics course (he's currently using this).  Any suggestions for resources?

Our main Political Science professor (Lezlee Ware) sent the following information:
For my class I use Factories in the Field with the ebook available through our library and google.  I also use The Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of California book, which is available through and free through a local government representatives office.

History of England

A history prof here has searched unsuccessfully for History of England OER text/materials. Anyone have pointers/recommendations?
Gutenberg Project
Might find some good stuff in Jorum, UK OER repository
Open University
And while not OER, the BBC does have some very good history materials

History of Mexico

I am working with a history professor who is looking for open resources for a History of Mexico course. The course covers Mexican history from the Pre-Columbian period to the present. It includes an analysis of the social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of the Mexican past.

I used the GMU metafinder typed in “History of Mexico” and got a ton of resources… maybe some of them will be relevant for your course?

Latin American History

I'm looking for Latin American History OER for one of our professors.  We've located some MIT open courses and some Saylor legacy courses; however, these have not provided the relevant reading materials that she would like to use in her course.  Does anyone have any suggestions for Latin American History? 

The following resource might provide some helpful if very limited readings:
Boundless World History | Simple Book Publishing< >< >
Copyright This courseware includes resources copyrighted and openly licensed by multiple individuals and organizations. Click the words "Licenses and ...

Political Science

I have been striking OER matches on campus for the past year and I’m so excited to see some small fires igniting. The latest is in our Poli-Sci department. Does anyone have recommendations for the following courses?
I’ll let you get in touch with our Poli-Sci Prof Jim Tuite ( who has developed a superb 2-semester American Government class that is already certified by Lumen. Of course you can always access the Lumen courses and adopt their materials.

At Central Virginia Community College, Prof. Jim Tuite has developed two sequence courses in American Government, PLS 211 and P


I have a faculty member looking to replace Principles of Politics and Government, Coulter, ISBN 0-697-23762-1 with an OER text.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  
There are two suitable OER choices that I am aware of:

American Government 2e. Available from OpenStax

American Government and Politics in the Information Age. Available from the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library

I have also edited (updated) and prepared presentation, assignments and test bank materials for this text.

There's also  . Faculty at our institution chose the Lumen course.

I am aware of  two suitable OER choices:
American Government 2e. Available from OpenStax
American Government and Politics in the Information Age. Available from the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library
I have also edited (updated) and prepared presentation materials, assignments and test bank materials for this text


PreHistory ad Archaeology

I have a faculty member looking for a World Prehistory or World Archaeology Text. I can find her world history books that have some chapters on prehistory, but I cannot find anything more in-depth.

Has anyone else tried to find something like this? Any suggestions?

In our research prior to starting our new textbook project (Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology) we did a fairly comprehensive survey of existing anthropology OER textbooks. Unfortunately, we found there is not much out there for archaeology. I know there is a group working on an introductory archaeology textbook, but I believe the geographic focus of that book is on North America, and I don’t believe it is complete yet. MIT has one that might work:
Here is a book published in 2001, but I believe the focus is again N. America:
Here is another possibility, but it appears there are some restrictions and we were not able to evaluate it:

State and Local Government

Is anyone aware of the availability of an OER US State and Local Government textbook?  It can include material specific to any state (I can adapt it for use here). 
The OpenStax American Government 2nd ed. includes a chapter on State and Local Government (Ch. 14), . Its license is CC BY. Hope this helps! 

I used this as an opportunity to test SUNY's fancy new OER search site OASIS and came up with a couple I never would have found otherwise.  Hats off to SUNY!
They are old, but they are in the public domain and might be a good place to start with a custom-made remix for your instructor. 

One of our professors here in Texas created this book for Texas State History:

Western Civilization

Looking for a few OER on Western Civ
Have you seen the Saylor course on Western Civ?
The problem with Western Civ is that it is kind of hard to pin down. What are the outcomes you're trying to address?

One of our History faculty is looking for an OER textbook for History of Western Civilization 1 and 2. He said he couldn’t find any so if you have some info, please share. Thanks.  
I have a few suggestions, though these may not quite match up with what the faculty member has in mind:

Boundless World History
A comprehensive outline of world history
Saylor history courses

This might also be a good course to put together using library database resources. Not open, but already paid for with student tuition and fees. 

LS 212 that are OER-certified by Lumen are required by out ATD OER grant. You may want to get in touch with him.

Does anyone have knowledge of a good OER textbook for Western Civ I and II?
I will be using World History: Culture, States and Societies to 1500, by Berger, Israel, Miller, Parkinson, Reeves, and Williams. It’s published by the University of North Georgia Press, and is available through multiple OER sources. Here’s one:
 It’s also available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I bought my hard copy for 39.95.
 I don’t know whether there is any companion text for after 1500 though.

Women in American History

A multi-cultural survey of American history from pre-colonial times to the present examining the impact of ethnic and cultural diversity, class, and gender on the lives of women.

We recently did a search of the repositories and library resources for our American Women's History instructor.  Here are our notes.

World Civilization

A history prof wants to assemble a World Civ text from OER resources. He's found the OTL World History to 1500 text from UNG, and the (probably unusable) website The History Guide (which is not OER and has pretty restrictive terms of use). 
OpenStax doesn't have a World Civ / World History text.  Except for the OTL text from UNG, the World History resources from this list are either no longer available or later-period (Saylor). .  
Has anyone come across anything recently, especially regarding non-European history before 1500?  There was a LOT of stuff going on in Africa and Asia.

I would recommend the Boundless World History course offered through Lumen; it seems to have some of the content your prof might be looking for. :)

World History

I am reaching out to see if anyone has adapted through Pressbooks the open textbook World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 published by the University of North Georgia Press. Or if you may be aware of an ePub or XML file for this text.
The UNG Press and also the Open Textbook Library have the text available via PDF only. As we are looking to adapt this text in Pressbooks, we are trying to locate a more editable file.  

Here is a link to the word document I converted from the PDF:   (it was too large to attach)


I've come across a couple resources. For intermediate level Japanese, you could look at Preadvanced Japanese available through the Open Textbook Library. There's also a Japanese book available through Wikibooks. Another resource that might be helpful is the JOSHU website, developed by the University of Texas at Austin Japanese Program (although it doesn't appear to be openly licensed).
Is anyone aware of any quality OER materials for first and second year Japanese language courses?  I know that Portland State University has “Beginning Japanese for Professionals Book 1 & 2”.
Are there others to investigate?

One of our OER grantee groups recently finished the first volume (of four) of an instructional handbook for JPN 101 courses.
The content is licensed CC BY-NC-ND and I can put you in touch with the authors if needed.

These are some more materials I know of, but again they are supplementary materials on Japanese for business:

Library and Information Science

Apologies if I missed a thread on this. We're reassessing our 1 credit library online research and information literacy course and I'm looking to walk the talk and incorporate open pedagogy practices. The final assignment is an annotated bibliography that we encourage students to use as groundwork for other research focused courses.
Besides that, does anyone have non-disposable assignments for info literacy? We're thinking having students edit Wikipages as step in the right direction. Since it's an on-line class, we're not necessarily building that week's assignment as a wiki edit-a-thon.  
Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Perhaps students (individually or in groups) could each pick a library database and create either a written guide about the features, resources, and idiosyncrasies of that particular database, or they could create a video tour of the database using screen capture tools like Screencast-O-Matic or other campus-provided screen capture software. The best of the guides/videos could be posted on your library's website, and then subsequent classes could add to them or improve them.

For Wikipedia assignment ideas and additional assistance, you can reach out to the Wiki Education Foundation. They are very responsive and helpful:   
Here are some links to assignment ideas, tutorials, links to course pages with assignment ideas, etc: -  
At LaGuardia Community College, we have worked with a number of English writing classes using Wikipedia assignments. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about this (Contact: Ann Matsuuchi, ). 

I wanted to send along a few links to the resources we have here at Wiki Education. As a reminder, these resources are for instructors who would like to assign their students to edit Wikipedia as part of a classroom assignment. Please feel free to pass these along to any friends or colleagues at your university or others in the United States and Canada who you think may be looking for new ways to engage their students. 
1. Resources for instructors: specifically, take a look at the "Case Studies" handbook and any relevant subject-specific resources in case you didn't get copies, the PDFs of which are available online here. 
2. Our online Dashboard: as I mentioned, the Dashboard is a tool we built to help you track your students' work on Wikipedia, provide access to our online trainings and assignment timeline, and more. To take a look, visit If you log in and create a Wikipedia username for yourself, you'll be able to review our newly-updated online orientation for new instructors. 
3. Sample project timelines: If you think you'd like to try and draft an assignment for a future course, you'll need to first do the orientation, and then use our online assignment design wizard to create your course page. To do so, just click the purple "Create course" button once you complete the online training. 
You can view a sample 9-week project timeline from fall 2017 here. This template can be adjusted and customized anywhere from 6-weeks to a semester long project. 
While there, don't forget to look at the "Timeline" tab for a weekly look at how the project is progressing, the "Students" tab for a look at all the students enrolled and what articles they are working on during the assignment, and the "Articles" tab for a list of all the articles the students touched "live" already this term. If you drop down a row in the "Students" tab you can also see edit summaries of each student edit on Wikipedia, and if use the assessment tools on the "Articles" tab you can look at the cumulative changes students have made to the article throughout the course of the assignment.  
4. Next steps: As you browse our resources, let me know what questions you have. I'm here to help and can answer questions via phone, Skype, or email at any time. 
If you do plan to run a Wikipedia project with your students this spring or potentially in the coming terms, please email me back with the following information:

Course name;
Term you want to try the assignment in;
Enrollment cap;
Course level (freshman, senior, graduate, etc);


A math instructor is looking for in-class worksheets that students do with paper and pencil that have answer keys for grading. In other words, My Open Math is the opposite of what she wants. Any leads?

I suggest checking under both K-12 and undergrad levels. Also, try  

MyOpenMath has a paper test generator built-in.  Essentially, it converts an online assignment into a word document.  Some clean-up is usually needed to remove tips that only apply to an online version.  It can print an answer key as well.  The advantage of this is there's a large pool of questions and template assignments to choose from.  The disadvantage is it would require some work.
Another option is to print (or copy-paste) the exercises from an OpenStax textbook.
If there's a particular course the instructor is looking for, it's likely there's a more specific OER document that's ready to use.
As an example, here's a lesson book for a Math Literacy/Quantitative Reasoning course which is designed for students to write in and also has an answer key available to instructors. 

Applied Technical Math
I have a faculty member who is working on curriculum for an Applied Technical Math course and is having a hard time finding material that has mechanical applications (she would would love Welding specific).  She is really looking for word problems.  If anyone has any suggestions that I could pass on, it would be appreciated!!

Our faculty has a nice page ‘Math explained’ with video’s:
But I think that’s math and mechanical. This material can be used. You will not find a Creative Commons license but that’s because they did not think about that.
A number of our community colleges were involved in the TAACCCT grants which involved developing openly licensed instructional materials for workforce development.  In particular the National STEM Consortium was an early and innovative grantee with 10 colleges who developed multiple career strands.  In particular, they developed a math course to support workforce instruction with the Open Learning Initiative program at Carnegie Mellon.   You can find out more about their program at these link and also a link to the openly licensed math course.  Please let me know if you need introductions.

Perhaps one of these would have something applicable?
SkillsCommons:  -- contains learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.
BCCampus Common Core Trades:

I have worked on an NSF grant with the welding instructors at my college and we have developed a decent amount of curriculum around math and welding.  Please pass on our website to her:  If she is interested in more information there is a place to inquire about more information.

Hi, colleagues,
A friend asked me to OER to replace texts in Geometry and Arithmetic courses. I recommended CK12. OpenStax will soon be releasing a pre-algebra book. Do you know of any other resources I can recommend?

Here's what's being used in Oregon:

Developmental Math — An Open Program: Arithmetic, Geometry and Statistics at  and

Arithmetic for College Students by David Lippman Creative Commons Attribution license

Fundamentals of Mathematics by Denny Burzynski 
I'd also recommend and .

Culinary Math
I’m in search of culinary math OER – things like scaling recipes, unit conversions, recipe costing and also adding/subtracting/multiplying fractions and finding the area of shapes. I’ve found some general math resources that are helpful, but would prefer to find more culinary or cooking-focused resources.

One resource I'd definitely check out is BC Campus's Trades materials, which includes a line of resources for Culinary Arts. The math might be in metric, however.
SkillsCommons would be another place to dig.  

Business Math

I have gotten a request from a Business Math instructor about potential OER for Business Math. I already have the excellent text, Business Math: A Step-by-Step Handbook, by J. Olivier on my short list... but, of course, the book has a Canadian focus. Some of the chapters are universal, but some of the chapters are not. Has anyone adapted, or started adapting, this text for the U.S.? Are there any other basic Business Math-specific OER texts out there that I am missing? 

Maybe the OpenStax “Intro to Business Statistics” will have valuable info in the first three chapters?

I recently put together the following list for an Applied Math for Business course.  One of the textbooks was the title you listed, the other two were:

·        Inigo, M., Jameson, J.,  Kozak, K.,  Lanzetta, M., & Sonier, K. (n.d.)  College Mathematics for Everyday Life  (2nd ed.) Coconino Community College.  Note: Topics include statistics, probability, finance, graph theory, etc.
·        Mahbobi, M. (2016). Introductory Business Statistics with Interactive Spreadsheets. 1st Canadian Edition. Thompson Rivers University. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 and available at

Active Calculus is an open textbook for calculus with an inquiry-based learning approach. The site for this book is:
More info:

Calculus For Life Science

I’m wondering if anyone knows of a textbook or OER that might be appropriate for a course titled “Calculus for the Life Sciences”. I’ve been told that it can’t be “just calculus, but calculus for the life sciences”. 

As for open textbooks, this is one I found. It's a two volume title.

Math Anxiety

I worked on an OER grant project last year with an English faculty member to create an ENG101 course focused on math anxiety. At the time, I did some searching for a textbook, but didn’t find anything. Instead, the instructor used open access sources like web sites and articles from the library’s databases. She made her entire course public in Canvas Commons, so you can take a look at it, if you want. We included attributions/citations for all the readings so you can find them (or articles similar to them) in your own library databases. The instructor’s name is Gayatri Sirohi, and the course info as it appears in Canvas Commons is below.

Mathematics Education
Free, but not necessarily OER resources on growth mindset that I think are worth a look:  (the whole blog is worth exploring and I know the author is big on sharing and likely would explicitly license anything that she has created which is not clear)

Math for Elementary Teachers

A faculty member is looking for open resources for MTH211, MTH212, and MTH213, Math for Elementary School Teachers. I just did a scan through the OTL, College Open Textbooks, OER Commons, and AIM but didn't find anything to recommend. Any suggestions?

You may want to try the resources at . These are not textbooks but maybe some of the information can be remixed with other resources to meet the learning objectives of certain concepts. Their teaching manuals are CC BY NC SA
Hi all, thanks for the quick replies! A few suggestions rose to the top:

I am working with a faculty member who is searching for a mathematics for elementary teachers OER. Some of the topics included in the curriculum are: elementary number theory, multiple conceptual models and algorithms for the basic arithmetic operations, elementary set theory.

One of our faculty members developed this OER specifically for elementary teachers and mathematics:
It can be easily cloned in Pressbooks, or used via one of the many other export file formats shown on the landing page dropdown menu.

I like the EngageNY modules.  They are mostly CC BY NC SA   

Math Literacy

I'm looking for OER textbooks or online homework for a Math Literacy pathway course.  This is a non-transferable course at the Beginning/Intermediate Algebra level but providing a foundation for Statistics or Math for Liberal Arts Majors.  Ideally the textbook would primarily use a contextual approach (based on real-world scenarios or applications).  It doesn't need to cover all the topics of an Intermediate Algebra course.  Which OER textbooks or online resources would be the best fit for this course?
The Open Textbook Store has some arithmetic books. You might want to check them out.

Also, A lot of math instructors like using my open math from Lumen--it is similar to my math lab. Overcoming

Pre-Calculus/ College Algebra
We have a math faculty member who is doing a curriculum project on his College Algebra course and is considering using the OpenStax Algebra & Trig textbook. I am looking for connections to other faculty members who are currently using this textbook along with MyOpenMath. His biggest concern is moving away from the homework platform of MyMathLab. 
We just completed a grant where we created MyOpenMath assignments for most of the OpenStax math books including the Pre Calculus class.  You can find information about it at:

You've gotten so many great responses that I'm not sure you need more, but you can use control-F to find that book and that platform on the Open Oregon Resources page: Where faculty are willing to be contacted about their course, they've included their name/email address on the right side of the page. 

Quantitative Reasoning

Coconino Community College has 2 open source (cc by sa) textbooks that may be helpful.  Here is the link:
I've used the College Mathematics for Everyday Life for one of my courses and found it to be a well thought out work.
I currently am working on an OER resource (Mass Go Open grant)  for Quantitative Reasoning courses.  Quantitative Reasoning can cover a variety of topics in mathematics.  The resource that I am working on is not a stand alone textbook, rather, it is a set of links to a variety of topics that may be taught in a survey of math course.  When the resource is uploaded, I will send out the link.  
If you have materials that you would like me to consider for inclusion in the resource or topics that your school covers in their Quantitative Reasoning course, please send them along!
Annette Guertin

One of our Math faculty who is developing a new course,  Quantitative Reasoning, and will very much appreciate any assistance you can offer. Looking for open textbook, open course, or any other open resource.
An Oregon community college instructor wrote a chapter on logic that is meant to accompany Lippman's textbook:
As part of the GP Stem  grant, Andrea Robare and I compiled a list of  OER resources for Quantitative Literacy courses.  The information will be available on skillscommons at a later date.  Annette M. Guertin Professor of Mathematics Berkshire Community College 1350 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

Statistics and Math for Elementary School Teachers

I am a librarian working with faculty to find and adopt open textbooks for their courses. Several of the faculty members are interested in discovering what other colleges are using for the same, or similar, courses and seeing what worked or didn't work for them and their students. The two courses we are most interested in seeing what others are using are introductory statistics and mathematics for elementary school teachers (or something similar). We are most interested in community college level material, but all input is welcome! I have had some trouble finding an OER textbook that replaces their current A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary Teachers textbook.

I have been using Illowsky's OER statistics book for several years now.  I have created an online homework system in the canvas LMS and have also created a Google Sheets spreadsheet program that does just about everything that is needed in terms of computation.  It is all open to use and modify as one wishes.  You can find my syllabus for this quarter at:

Face to Face:

The syllabi have links to the book and other materials.  If you want access to the Canvas homework system and the rest of the materials I can add the instructor to the course that is hosted by the state.  email me at

I co-authored Intro Stats, published by OpenStax. It's now used at approximately 350 colleges and universities. My co-author and I wrote it for cc students. There are many CA CC colleges who use the text as well as CSUs.

There are 29,500 students this year using the OpenStax Introductory Statistics book.
I’ve attached a report of current adoptions of OpenStax by book, including for the Introductory Statistics book. I included all books because I thought others on this list might want this list for other books as well.

Three courses at our university are using an open textbook for statistics. Three small courses are using the OpenIntro Statistics book, while a large course of about 700 students (over two terms) is using Advanced high School Statistics. Both can be found here -

You can see what's being used in Oregon's community colleges for math here:

Coconino Community College has 2 open source (cc by sa) textbooks that may be helpful.  Here is the link:

Looking for statistics data sets:
There are tons of interesting open data sets to choose from!  These sites list several:

I believe that the OpenIntro Statistics Books have open access data sets through the website. -

Symbolic Algebra Systems

I use Open Source texts and MyOpenMath for all of my mathematics courses at American River College. I also use GeoGebra for some activities, including deriving 1/2g from a timelaps photograph of a ball being thrown. 

Years ago there was an excellent application called LiveMath (a successor to Theorist and MathView) which did not solve equations, but instead required students preform the necessary steps to reach a solution. Each step was shown. If an earlier value was changed the computations would be recalculated. For more advanced courses it also had the ability to use transformation rules to use identities. (LiveMath itself is still available, but updates have not been available for Linux since 2011.) 

Are there any existing symbolic algebra applications (open source or not) that have these qualities? 

Attached is a screen image showing some of the features and how nicely the results were rendered. 

I have a Math faculty member interested in MyMathLab & WebAssign alternatives. I sent her information about MyOpenMath and WebWork and she is looking into them. In the meantime, she would like to know specific colleges that are using these programs. Also, are there any other OER or low cost alternatives to MyMathLab & WebAssign?

We are using MOM in all of our essential math courses at American River College and Math Ideas courses. We've also created three courses including an intermediate algebra course that matches the curriculum of one of the most popular intermediate algebra texts, Marge Lial, also written by a former ARC mathematics professor. 

The intermediate algebra course is not yet a template course, but is available to all who ask. 

A few Math faculty at HCC are using WeBWorK.  The is some cost for the IT support needed. 
In your area, Santiago Canyon College, Santa Ana College and Cerritos College are using MyOpenMath significantly.  Using WebAssign with an OER textbook could help ease the transition for faculty already familiar with it.  If it helps, I'd be happy to talk by phone with Math faculty at OCC about our experience with MyOpenMath.

In the spirit of open education week. It is with great pleasure that Bay College shares all (175) of its MATH 085, 095, 105 and 110 tutorial videos under a CC-BY 4.0 license. These videos are ALL closed captioned.
Basic Algebra:
Intermediate Algebra:
College Algebra:

Bay College (Michigan):