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.

The anthropology department here is looking for an OER with a holistic four field approach (cultural, biological, linguistics, and archaeology) in one textbook. Here's what we've found so far:
ANTH 101: Anthropology for Everyone (mostly cultural?)
Explorations: An Open Invitation To Biological  Anthropology
The History of Our Tribe: Hominini
The Art of Being Human: A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology
Speaking of Culture
Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
There are also library ebook licenses available for the following non-OER books:
Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology
How to Think Like an Anthropologist
Invitation to Anthropology
Our Story: How Cultures Shaped People to Get Things Done

I would recommend checking out the various open access offerings in Anthropology as well. For example, the following titles in Berghan books (via Oxford):  could have some great articles worth integrating into mid-high-level ANTH courses.
In addition, I would recommend:
Cultural Anthropology
Indigenous Knowledge: Other Ways of Knowing
Anthropological Review
Student Anthropologist (this is particularly exciting as a potential peer learning experience with open pedagogy prospects)

We've got a new archeology offering - which we still need to place in a format that allows for customization:
Digging into Archaeology: A Brief OER Introduction to Archaeology with Activities
In addition, our faculty have created ancillaries for both Explorations and Perspectives, if that might be of interest.

Over at LibreTexts. we have a number of textbooks that can be easily remixed  on the page level (using our drag and drop remixer) to get close to what your anthro folks want. I;ll list some of the books, which seem obvious to me, but there may be others that they could find if they looked around on our bookshelves and we could import any of the ones that you list into our format for them to use
Cultural Anthropology  Book: Perspectives - An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology  Book: Native Peoples of North America
Cultural Anthropology  Book: Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology  Book: Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology  Book: Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology  Book: The Art of Being Human
Cultural Anthropology  Book: Perspectives - An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
Physical Anthropology  Book: The History of Our Tribe - Hominini
Physical Anthropology  Book: Biological Anthropology
Physical Anthropology  Book: Physical Anthropology
Physical Anthropology  Book: Biological Anthropology - Laboratory Activities
Archeology  Book: Writing as Material Practice - Substance, Surface and Medium
Ancillary Materials  Interactive Fossils
Archeology  Book: Writing as Material Practice - Substance, Surface and Medium
Sociology  Book: Beyond Race - Cultural Influences on Human Social Life
Geography (Human)  Book: Introduction to Human Geography


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.


A faculty member is seeking an OER textbook for a course about Anthropology & Cannabis.
Ideally it would be materials that deal with cannabis related to each of the four branches of anthropology: cultural, physical, linguistic, and archaeology.
Have any of you come across a single resource that addresses this?
I'm guessing that the faculty will need to do some remixing to achieve this text.
But I figured I'd check with all of you first!!

Here is the non-OER book that I had been recommending to Jennifer.  I thought it was 2019, but it turns out that it's 1975.

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":

Do you know of any remixes or customizations of Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning? This text has been used in art appreciation courses at Linn-Benton Community College for several years, and we're planning an update. We're also interested in other art appreciation resources. Here's what we found in the Open Textbook Library, OERCommons, and OASIS for open and fairly current resources:

Opening Contemporary Art by Sarah Parrish/Plymouth State University (Pressbook, not open)
Art Appreciation Open Educational Resource (recent series of lessons by Marie Porterfield Barry/East Tennessee State University)
Smarthistory (resources focused on specific periods/regions)
Art Appreciation (Lumen)
Art History I (Lumen/SUNY OER Services)
Introduction to Art Concepts (Lumen)
The Bright Continent: African Art History (Pressbook by Kathy Curnow/ Michael Schwartz Library)
ARTH101: Art Appreciation (Saylor course)

Delmar sent in another resource to add to Michaela's list:

And Jeff connected us with the UNG Press, which published the Introduction to Art text.

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:

I am working with a faculty member who is writing an open textbook for her art and design history course.
It is a survey course dealing with the history of art, design, architecture, and interior design for students in the Bachelor of Interior Design program.
She is finding it difficult to find open-source materials dealing with the history of interior design, 1800-today.
She is using some materials from Smart History, but needs more resources for the history of design, interior design, and architecture. If you know of any materials that would be suitable for new-to-art-history students, please share!

A faculty member at PCC is using a library ebook for an interior design course, which suggests that you're not the only one running into this gap!
Here's an intro to architecture open textbook also created by a PCC faculty member:


We are looking for OER sources for ART 101, which would be some art appreciation and some art history topics. I went through the Open Textbook Library and didn’t really find anything that matches what we are hoping for. Do you have any good resources to suggest?

Not sure if this would work for you, but this is the Open Art Histories site:

Hi Susan, you can see what's in use in Oregon for 100-level art courses here:

Susan - Here's the collection we have compiled for California community college faculty - Open Educational Resources and Art/Art History.
We have a system of intersegmentally developed course descriptors for most courses - so you can quickly establish what a particular resource should cover.

You will likely find what you are looking through in our (LibreTexts) corpus. Here are two search URLs for your review.

Dance Appreciation

I’m looking for anything for dance appreciation

Hi Sally, looks like this one didn't get much uptake. Have you tried OER Commons?
 Here's an example from that repository:

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:

I am working with a colleague looking to adopt OER for Film Studies (introductory level) to replace the current textbook, Looking at Movies.
We have identified Exploring Movie Construction & Production, but this resource is geared more towards film making.
We'd love your feedback on other OER Film Studies resources out there.

The Oregon instructors that I know of are using library resources as course materials for film studies courses:

There is an open textbook to cinema underway from University of Arkansas. Elaine Thornton ( ) may be able to connect you with the author: 

This is a perennial question! I hope that someone creates an open film studies textbook to fill the gap. 
The Oregon instructors that I know of are using library resources as course materials for film studies courses:

I have a faculty member who's trying to find OER about diversity and representation in American Cinema. They are particularly interested in regard to gender and sexuality in American Cinema.
I've suggested Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema (Sharman, 2020) and found a couple other OER through the usual searches. Just thought I'd ask here to see if anyone else has suggestions.

On the bottom of my  I made a Google search box that includes a lot of OER websites I commonly use. From a search I saw a lot in Merlot.
Example resulting links:
II. Representation in Cinema
9. Women in Cinema
10. African Americans in Cinema   (not all OER)
 ... One of the Merlot results went to
Please see the list of materials one of my film instructor colleagues' is looking to replace. This is for a comparative film genre course taught in the California CC's.
The genre on which my openly-licensed film resource focuses is not on your instructor's list, but perhaps they might consider adding it to their curriculum:
Telling Stories to Save the World: Climate Change in Narrative Film


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


I am looking for OER in:  Music Appreciation

Merlot has a great collection:

Here is a collection from our corpus. We have a couple more in different stages of harvesting too.
and there is overlap in just "music" books:


Music Fundamentals

I have a faculty member trying to find a music fundamentals text that she's used in the past. I've sent her several that are in pdf form - and she says it was definitely a website.
The text focused on music fundamentals - broke down the basics (not so much music history) and embedded MANY music clips.

Hi Kristin, was it this?

Music of the World

I'm working with an instructor who is interested in taking his Music of the World course OER,
and is especially concerned about finding streaming music for students to experience.
He thinks that Naxos is fine for western music, but lacking in non-western music.
We'd be happy for recommendations for OER texts and sources for non-western streaming music!

I don't know if this is exactly what you are looking for, but here is a free app that allows you to connect with radio stations all over the world.
It's called Radio Garden, and it is a spinning globe that allows you to find radio stations and music in a part of the world you are interested in:

I second Amy's suggestion of Radio Garden- you may get news or talk radio but the experience of exploring is worth it.
Slightly related (or not) is Drive and Listen, a web app that lets you pick live streaming radio stations from around the world paired with dash cam video of the locations,
 giving an experience of driving in different cities with the radio on

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 have a member of our music faculty who is interested in adopting a textbook for their American Roots music course.
The following is a brief synopsis of what he'd like this textbook to cover:
Introduces the historical development and musical characteristics of American roots music from its Anglo-Celtic, Hispanic,
African, and Native American roots to the present, including country music, bluegrass, blues, border music, religious,
and folk music. Discusses folk revivals and the significance of songs as social commentary and protest.
Introduces techniques and terminology of musicological research.
Does anybody happen to know of any OER textbooks that fit these criteria?
Thank you so much in advance for any assistance you can provide!

Western Washington University has a Popular Music that is American centered and may be of use to you.
It is on the LibreTexts and is easily remixable as all OER should be.


Can anyone recommend OER that can assist one of our faculty who is looking for materials that cover:
The basic controls of your camera and what they do
The categories of cameras, and their characteristics, so you can choose the right one for your purpose
The first steps of getting a camera ready, focusing on an image, and adjusting the camera’s settings
The focal length of a lens. What is the difference between lenses, the longer the focal length, the larger the subject appears.
That a viewer almost always looks at the sharpest part of a photograph first, and you can control your photograph’s sharpness in several ways
Perspective is the impression of depth in a two-dimensional image; we gauge it by the relative sizes of objects, determined by your lens and its distance from your subject.
Light and exposure
The difference between additive and subtractive color systems, the primary colors of each, and their practical applications
How to use a light meter or a histogram to get a picture that is not too dark or too light
The ways light sources and the time of day can affect the colors in your image

Hi Kevin, an instructor at PCC created a playlist of videos covering these topics:

Photo Editing Software

Many of our art classes and interior design classes are using graphics and photo editing software. Is anyone using open source alternatives to some of the brand names?

These are 10 of the best free Adobe Creative Cloud alternatives for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Adobe’s Creative Cloud offers a great set of apps for creators of all levels.

Best Free Creative Cloud Alternatives< >

In this video, you find the best free Creative Cloud alternatives for many of the popular programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premiere Pro and many others. All are available on Windows, MAC, Linux operating systems.


  *   RawTherapee   < >
  *   darktable  <  >


  *   GIMP < >


  *   Inkscape < >

After Effects

  *   Blender  < >


  *   Scribus < >

Premiere Pro

  *   Shotcut < >
  *   OpenShot < >
  *   DaVinci Resolve ... < >


  *   Audacity < >


  *   Synfig Studio < >

Another Photoshop alternative is Paint.NET  It only works on Windows, but it is much more user-friendly than the GIMP.

Another Photo editor is

I remember AutoDesk, the real AutoCAD, use to offer the full versions of many of there titles to students and educators from K-12 to Higher Ed.

YUP!  Still do.

In addition to what's already been shared, here are a few more options (I don't have full experience on them all). When I taught various versions of the DS106 Open Digital Storytelling course (which Paul Bond here has a lot of experience too) we never specified what kind of software students used, so they could use commercial ones if they had access, but we always provided opensource, free, or web-based creation tools. It was always liberating to not teach the specifics of software.

Image Editing

Yes GIMP is quite powerful but the interface can be overwhelming. You will find many tutorial videos out there. An interesting alternative is a port of the software to an interface closer to Photoshop, or Gimpshop
pixlr was listed, but I have to say it does an impressive amount for a web based editor- a big feature is that it lets you edit in layers

Other web-based image editors I've seen in passing

SVG Editor


Page Layout
Scribus replacement for InDesign

Flowchart/ Diagrams
OpenOffice Draw
Gliffly (free accounts for students )
Audio / Music

Definitely Audacity- I have used it for all my audio editing for the last 8 years.
Soundation (web-based like Garage Band)
Beautiful Audio Editor
Multitrack DAW (for iOS)

Davinci Resolve 16
Hitfilm Express
Avid Media Composer


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.

I recently discovered this OER called Technical Theater Practicum. After sharing it with our Emerging Theatre Technologies program director, he loved it and also inquired about other OERs like this.  He is looking for anything regarding stage lighting, video and audio for theatre, concerts, tv and film.
Anyone have any other OERs like this? I've looked a few key places and did not find anything quite like this. I did contact the author of the above OER for more and I did learn there is an update coming soon. Thanks for your help.

Oops, here is a better link

I sent a bunch of examples to my theater dept/MediaX recently and maybe some of them will be useful to you:
·         An Introduction to Technical Theatre
·         Exploring Movie Construction & Production: What’s so exciting about movies?
·         Theatrical Worlds
·         Studying Contemporary American Film - A Guide To Movie Analysis
·         European Cinema - Face to Face with Hollywood
·         The Revolution In Cinematography Post Production And Distribution
·         Actors and the Art of Performance
Not technically OER, but free to use:
·         The Show Must Go On! American Theater in the Great Depression (DPLA exhibit)
·         Project Gutenberg – One Act Plays bookshelf
·         Golden Age of Broadway (DPLA exhibit)
·         Shakespeare’s Staging
·         Fashion Plate Collection

I'm working with Drama faculty who need OER for an Acting Fundamentals course. Our Library provides access to the Digital Theater Plus database, which has helped somewhat, but I'm having trouble finding open content. Does anyone have any suggestions for this?

Thanks everyone for the acting resources! Here's what was mentioned:
Theatre and Film (Libretext)
Improvisation Recipe Book
Theatrical Worlds
Actors and the Art of Performance

A faculty member is looking for a ZTC for:
Diversity in American Theatre
History of Theater

While not exactly aligned with the topics, my OER course Theatre Appreciation might be of interest to the faculty member.
I recently added the syllabus and other materials to OERTX/OER Commons here.

 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

One of our faculty is proposing a new Biology course and would like to utilize OER for the class materials. It isn’t a straightforward traditional class, so while I have found some resources, I thought it would be helpful to see what else might be out there that I’m not thinking about. I’ve included the course description below. I think much of her focus is to have students evaluate scientific studies using traditional standards for scientific research but also through the lens of the other factors listed below.
“In this course, undergraduate non-majors explore human health and disease by combining biological principles and scientific methodology. Content emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of science and how various factors, including socio-economic, behaviors, historic factors, genetics, and infectious organisms may influence health. An overview of preventive practices and available treatments will be presented by reviewing major scientific studies.”

There are a wealth of Biology OER resources - assignments, labs, projects on the searchable Qubes Hub:
(Anyone can use the qubes hub without joining, but anyone can join qubes and it's free.)  
But I would also ask your faculty member to consider having students build open pedagogy projects instead of just looking for OER for the course. Here is some science open pedagogy inspiration from Heather Miceli:
Heather's main page:

Our Biology faculty have been using the homework support platform for OpenStax Biology that is supported by Cengage. They will no longer provide support for that platform. They are looking for advice and reviews of other platforms to support the Biology sequence.

We have migrated the OpenStax biology questions into our ADAPT platform. You can see the anonymous view of that textbook questions here:
We haven't converted them to autograded one, but since they are super easy multiple choice questions, that can be done quickly for you if you have a need to use these rapidly. Alternatively, we will address in a few months. What is harder it a proper solution tutorial beyond a simple answer. We have other questions in queue for integration into ADAPT.
If you would like to know more information about ADAPT, we have videos of presentations we gave at the last MiniFest or tag me back and we can chat:
I would start at 55:00 to avoid the greater discussion about LibreVerse organization, motivation and general philosophy of how LibreTexts operates.

 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.

Does anyone have the OpenStax Review questions for the Anatomy and Physiology text in a Canvas or Blackboard format?

Here are some ancillaries that an Oregon instructor created to go with this book:
There is content related to this textbook in OER Commons via the OpenStax hub:

We have been building a centralized repo of OpenStax and other questions sources in our ADAPT homework system (  ).
I think we have converted many/most of the A&P into H5P problems on our LibreStudio ( )
although I need to review to see if they are brought together as a collection yet. Both are viewable to instructors
(ADAPT needs a freely available account and studio doesn't).
We will expanded ADAPT to include QTI, the protocol for questions in (most) LMSs so we can add to our repo too.

Biological Psychology

An instructor at MPC is interested in finding OER for Biological Psychology.  Any idea?

You might direct your instructor to check out the content at which is an openly licensed repository of peer reviewed psychology modules.  They have a series of modules on the "Biology of Behavior”

Here is a bio psych textbook one of our instructors created using Noba materials:


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:

We have an instructor that is building a Botony course from scratch because we have never had/taught one of these here.
And we are in need of Botony resources, textbooks, online learning tools, videos,

Two great botany resources I'm familiar with are Michelle Nakano's Plant Identification text:  
and Sean Bellair's Plant Anatomy & Physiology text: .
Both have been published with open licenses that grant free permissions to remix, revise, and redistribute with appropriate attribution.
UA Cossatot has an excellent finding guide for Botany OER resources with several more links:
OER Commons has a primary botany collection with some nice resources/activities:
LibreTexts has a botany library as well:

We have about seven OER resources on the LibreTexts bio library:
All the content on the platform is easily remixable to rapidly generate a new customized text. As also have several more that we are harvesting right now that may also be useful.

Cancer Biology

I have been working with a biology faculty member to locate an OER textbook for a Biology of Cancer course. (BIOL 108)
Per the description:
This course aims to give students a basic and big picture understanding about cancer. Topics include the genetic basis, hallmark characteristics, causes and avenues of prevention, and treatments of cancer. It is the hope that students who take this class will be better equipped to educate others on how to prevent cancer and distinguish science from myth regarding the disease.
We've been looking at some unlimited ebook options that I can purchase from EBSCO and ProQuest and supplementing with articles from our databases but curious if anyone has created an OER for this topic/course.

There is an open textbook on Head and Neck Cancers in the works from UMass Medical School.  I was told last spring that it was not yet completed -- though some of it is already publicly shared: 
I would suggest contacting the authors to see where they are with this. Might be too specialized. Then again, you might find some fantastic opportunities for collaboration!

We have a community college course called BIOL 108 Biology of Cancer and we are seeking an OER textbook for it. So far I have shared some resources but they haven't quite hit the spot. We have been using an unlimited copy of an ebook via the library but it is dated 2010 and we need something newer.
All suggestions welcome.
OER Resources
(Book) Introduction to Cancer Biology, last updated May 2019 (Bookboon)
(Presentation)-5 activies Cell Biology and Cancer, last updated Sept. 2018 (Natl Inst. of General Medical Sci)
(Animations) Cancer Biology Animations and Videos, last updated Aug 2017 (Emory Univ)
We don't have a specific OER book on Cancer, but a search on our bio library have about 715 hits for cancer topics:
There is a chapter on Cancer too in Kimball's book of 14 sections, but it may not be super current:
Everything is easily remixable as OER should be.

I forgot about 550 pages (some repeats) in our medicine library:

Dual Language Biology

I have a faculty member who is teaching a dual-language biology class. His interest is in lowering barriers,
 like language, that prevent Hispanic/Latinx students from pursuing STEM majors.
He is looking for bilingual (preferred) or Spanish language OER Biology materials - either for non-majors or majors students.
Currently he is using the OpenStax Biology OER and has been working on translations of materials himself.
Does anyone know of any bilingual or Spanish language OER Biology materials? I've found a few in OER Commons but haven't had much luck elsewhere.

A faculty member recently pointed me to a repository of OER in Spanish:
I don't have the language skills to explore this, but it might be a starting point for you. 


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.

A professor wants to put together a textbook for a microbial ecology course and we're having trouble finding enough
existing OER resources to pull from.  
Any suggestions, leads or recommendations will be appreciated.    

This might be helpful:
LibreTexts Microbial Ecology


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 faculty member looking for open content for an upper-division Human Heredity course that includes basic genetics, basic DNA cell usage, and human-specific sex development, mutations and genetic disorders.
She has already looked at: OpenStax, OTL, OER Commons, and NCBI Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man.

Delmar from LibreText had two suggestions:
- We (the LibreTexts) have a genetics text in the works, but Nickle & Barrette-Ng's text may work:
- Hardison's text (but has holes in the integration from the source):
Here is the syllabus that the faculty member created after I asked this question:

Try  for up to date info on Genetics and Cell Biology


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.

A faculty member here is looking at options for an Introductory Biology Lab manual (Non-majors or Majors is fine). He is currently testing out the Lumen course integration and he seems to like it, and so I linked him to the PDF version of the lab manual.
I also sent him these:
GALILEO Principles of Biology 1 Manual
CUNY’s Biology 1 Lab manual
Georgia Highlands Foundations of Biology Lab Manual
Biology 101A Packet from Open Oregon
Are there any others that I might have missed that someone could direct me to?

There are a few lab manuals specific for GE listed on the ASCCC OERI Canvas Page.   You can also look for more specific lab manuals for other biology course types.

There are a few more resources listed on the site from California’s OERI.
We are also working to develop some resources for specific bio majors courses.  So they may want to check back in a few months for new resources. We are also building a community of biologists who teach with OER, so they are welcome to reach out to me directly with questions or suggestions.

I am looking for OER resources for some type of online Biology labs.

Here you go

Great resources!  You will find some of the same and possibly a few more for online science labs on our Moving Science Labs Online web page, under the Open Educational Resources section.

I'm in search of online Biology Labs.
We have been searching for some interactive lab option that is realistic when it comes to dissection.

We have harvested about 400 pages of OER labs for biology in the Learning Objects section of our Bio library:
They very in terms of format and structure, but may be useful for you. They are all easily remixable as OER should be.


I have a biology faculty member who uses the OpenStax biology book and he has a home grown lab manual that is provided electronically to students for free.
He's tried allowing students to use the manual on their phones or laptops but that hasn't worked out that well.
He thinks it's best if the students either print out the manual or use a tablet to fill in the lab manual during lab time.
Both options require that the college take on the costs of printing and purchasing and refreshing tablets.
Does anyone have another creative solution for how we can provide lab manuals for students that is more sustainable?

There's a list of freely-available electronic lab notebook platforms on the bottom RH side of this page under "electronic lab notebooks":


A faculty member would like to find an OER alternative to this textbook:

Please take a look at this collection of OA and OER VetMed resources:

At the University of Arizona, we’ve been working on a Z-Degree with our new College of Veterinary Medicine. So far, we’ve been relying on unlimited-user ebooks rather than OER to do this. I can share our spreadsheets of available unlimited-user ebooks if you’re interested (some are newly available within the past few weeks).

The amount of Vet Med OER is growing. Our liaison librarian keeps a list in her Vet Med LibGuide (she used other LibGuides – especially Anita Walz’s at Virginia Tech – to populate this).

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.
I realize this is an old thread, but I'm hoping someone out there has some leads on an Oceanography or Marine Biology textbook.
Instructor has already rejected what is available in Pressbooks Directory and at this time they are not willing to remix.  
Looking for something ready to go to replace Marine Biology by Castro and Huber, McGraw Hill, 11th edition, $141.

We have resources in our repo that are not in the Pressbooks directory. These are some oceanography resources:
But, we have some resources to Marine Biology, but I am not up to speed on them.
I can dig them up next week if you are interested.

Thanks for the offer!  I poked around a bit and I didn't find anything in LibreCommons for Marine Biology.
I then went to the Biology Library on LibreTexts and I found 2 items that could possibly be suitable:
Chapter on Aquatic Microbiology
A student's guide to Tropical Marine Biology's_Guide_to_Tropical_Marine_Biology
It's totally possible that I am new to searching your platforms that I am still learning how to search effectively.

It's nice to see "A Student's Guide to Tropical Marine Biology" on the libretexts platform.
I just wish that the front matter/info page there actually included the front matter information on the pressbook which credits the authors.
This book was written and edited entirely by undergraduate students (and recent alum) at Keene State College.
Anyone interested can read the book (including the introduction and author credits) on pressbooks here:
You can also read the story of its origin on my site here:
The book was never intended to be complete or perfect, but a work in progress.  
It is a great accomplishment by students across semesters and an example of what open pedagogy can bring to learning.
I hope that whoever is interested in finding Marine biology OER, would perhaps instead consider creating more of it with their students.
I have updated the front matter and attributions to link to the front matter for your student authors on the LibreTexts version of your book
so that each page has a link to the "About the Authors" pages. Thanks for pointing this out; we strive to as honest and accurate in the commons content we host for the community.I realize this is an old thread, but I'm hoping someone out there has some leads on an Oceanography or Marine Biology textbook. Instructor has already rejected what is available in Pressbooks Directory and at this time they are not willing to remix.  Looking for something ready to go to replace Marine Biology by Castro and Huber, McGraw Hill, 11th edition, $141.

We have resources in our repo that are not in the Pressbooks directory. These are some oceanography resources:
But, we have some resources to Marine Biology, but I am not up to speed on them. I can dig them up next week if you are interested.

Thanks for the offer!  I poked around a bit and I didn't find anything in LibreCommons for Marine Biology. I then went to the Biology Library on LibreTexts and I found 2 items that could possibly be suitable:
Chapter on Aquatic Microbiology
A student's guide to Tropical Marine Biology's_Guide_to_Tropical_Marine_Biology
It's totally possible that I am new to searching your platforms that I am still learning how to search effectively.

It's nice to see "A Student's Guide to Tropical Marine Biology" on the libretexts platform.
I just wish that the front matter/info page there actually included the front matter information on the pressbook which credits the authors.
This book was written and edited entirely by undergraduate students (and recent alum) at Keene State College.
Anyone interested can read the book (including the introduction and author credits) on pressbooks here:
You can also read the story of its origin on my site here:
The book was never intended to be complete or perfect, but a work in progress.

It is a great accomplishment by students across semesters and an example of what open pedagogy can bring to learning.
I hope that whoever is interested in finding Marine biology OER, would perhaps instead consider creating more of it with their students.
I have updated the front matter and attributions to link to the front matter for your student authors on the LibreTexts version of your book so that each page has a link to the "About the Authors" pages. Thanks for pointing this out; we strive to as honest and accurate in the commons content we host for the community.

Medical Terminology and Medical Images

There is a faculty member writing a book for a Medical Terminology course. Is anyone using an OER for community health services and the technical careers? Would you please share what you are using?

Additionally, I am looking for medical images. So far, I have discovered these resources:  - biomedical search engine. cc-by-nc-sa    - National Institute of General Med. cc-by-nc-sa  - genetics NIH public domain. cc-by-nc-sa  more from nih cc-by-nc-sa  - easiest way to search, mostly public domain, cc-0  - color coded usage rights

This one was developed in our College of Medicine:
Undergraduate Diagnostic Imaging Fundamentals -



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

Are there any OER collections of photomicrographs that could be used for a virtual Clinical Micro lab?

I have a couple of faculty using this site which has a good slide bank that’s useful.
Also, this gentleman’s slides
I found the most information in searching CC images using histology and then the tissue type.  You can also find a lot of slides at Openi, the biomedical image site. 
As they are federally funded, the images are CC licensed, though most are CC-BY-ND-NC.

Microbiology, as most of you know, is skills-intensive and requires students to handle lab equipment, make solutions, and manipulate compound light microscopes. Are there best practices and innovative solutions out there that you can share?  

Hi Juville, here's what I know is being used in Oregon, including a lab manual:

Faculty member is looking to update some materials for his Microbiology class.  
This is an Introduction to Microbiology and he is looking for any OER materials that could serve as lab simulations, case studies, etc.  
I am wondering if you have any ideas that may be of help.  He has looked at OpenStax.

I've collected a number of virtual labs, pre-lab videos etc. here:  
Not all are open access, but all are clearly labeled. Topics include arts in addition to STEM.
(Suggestions for additions are welcome from librarians and other educators.)
Another resource is BC Campus' Virtual Lab and Science Resource Directory:


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 am currently looking for a sectional anatomy OER book or materials.
This is for the sonography dept. They said they look at anatomy in regions instead of systems and they would like to see ultrasound, MRI, etc.
type of images alongside gross anatomy info. something along these lines:

 Thank you so much as always you guys are the best!
Here is what I found and what the instructor wanted to go with, plus some extra resources that were shared with me!

OPENLY LICENSED  - the instructor really liked this one too!


UNSURE OF LICENSE  - currently asking the author for permission.
Will update if there is any word from them. - this is also the one the instructor wanted to use.

NOT OER (but still a really good source that can be linked out 😊)





Virtual Simulation Labs

My College of Science and Mathematics is looking to move more of our courses online with a zero textbook cost. 
They have approached me to see if others are doing this and what virtual or simulation labs are being used. 
The first course they are asking for is Biology 101.
 I know they will also be looking for Intro Chemistry and an astronomy as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have been following the Open RN Project and can’t wait to share that with my nursing faculty.

We haven’t gotten to this yet, but we are just about to complete a big Virtual Reality lab in the Library.
In fact, it’s part of a 4-room suite of labs that will accommodate projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualization, Virtual & Augmented Reality, and Robotics.  
I’ve been working closely with our director of High Performance Computing and so far, the courses that are interested in using it are in biology, computer science, medicine, and aviation.
  Nothing is firm yet – we just ordered the furniture and equipment, and I’m sure many more faculty will be interested in using VR in their courses once they see it in action.  
But we’re definitely moving in this direction.  
Wish I could help right now, but we’re too early on in the process…

Try Phet
HHMI Biointeractive virtual labs

Take a look at the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO)
Here is their project summary (Sept 2018); remote labs around the world; and these resources posted in the SkillsCommons Repository.

I'm not sure whether this is what you're looking for, but some Oregon instructors have shared labs designed for students without access to any special equipment:



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)

I have a faculty member looking for an open textbook or resources for an accounting research course. The course outcomes are:
analyze an accounting financial issue, separate relevant from irrelevant information, identify problems, develop decision alternatives, and identify additional information needed.
navigate FASB Accounting Standards Codification to research accounting issues.
use critical thinking throughout the problem-solving process to ask appropriate questions and consider various alternatives.
write well-organized, grammatically correct correspondence with emphasis on clarity, coherence, and conciseness.
I've directed her to the Mason Metafinder, but does anyone have suggestions of resources they or their faculty are already using for accounting research?

Here's what I know of that's in use in Oregon: . Note that neither of these options is an OER.
OpenStax has two accounting books in their new business series:

I am looking for an OER that has learning resources included. Such as videos, quizzes, and more, for Principals of Accounting.

Hello Megan, if you use Canvas  there are a lot of accounting courses for OER in Canvas Commons

My Accounting faculty have been using OpenStax Principles of Accounting, volume 1 (Financial Accounting) and
2 (Managerial Accounting) as textbooks, but a homework set through Cengage that covered the same material.
Now it seems that Cengage is discontinuing the homework site, and my faculty are looking for options,
preferably something that can be put into Canvas (or another LMS).
Are there options out there? Does anyone have recommendations?

LibreTexts new open homework system, ADAPT, has the ability to import into an LMS.
Instructors can use ADAPT to augment existing and newly constructed OER textbooks with summative exercises and embed them in LMSs,
 LibreTexts textbooks, in a standalone application, and in-class clickers.
The ADAPT homework system empowers faculty to build and use existing questions in multiple modalities:
(1) formative vs. summative, (2) autograded vs. open-ended grading, and (3) embedded via LMSs, textbooks, clickers, or stand-alone application.
It also includes an analytics infrastructure to provide real-time learning analytics to instructors on student progress with pre-defined learning objectives.
Also, it will be provided to all educators in California free of charge for the at least the next four years thanks to funding
from the CELL and the State of California. It is available to educators in any state as well for a super low price point
(currently around $30 per student per year).
If you'd like to know more, please reach out any time, and check out our LibreTexts YouTube channel for some recent videos on how ADAPT works.


Does anybody know of any accounting courseware, either OER or low-cost that provide for example integrated Excel, Journal Entries,
T Accounts, Income Statement simulations?
We are looking for OER or low-cost alternatives to McGraw Hill Connect.

Lumen Learning has developed a Financial Accounting OER course.
Here’s the contact information



I am looking for OER material on Agriculture, and more specifically the business, marketing/sales, and economic side of this field.

You may want to review:
The Economics of Food and Agricultural Markets
Andrew Barkley, Kansas State University
PDF, EPUB, and Kindle versions with chapter only downloads in PDF.

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 -

What are folks using for introductory-level paralegal and business law courses?

OpenStax just came out with a Business Law Essentials . Our faculty are currently taking a look at switching to it.

We just finished integrating the OpenStax textbook to complement the FlatWorld textbook in our business library and both are ready for remixing for a customized Remix:
We are working on a third text, but not ready to show.

Another option from an Oregon instructor:
This is based on an adaptation of Business Law and the Legal Environment by the Saylor Academy.

My name is Melissa Randall and I am currently writing a business law textbook with my students as part of an OER grant funded by the State of Colorado. It is written for the 200-level undergraduate business law class required for business majors.
The textbook will be publicly available in Spring 2020. In the meantime, anyone interested in learning more about what will be in the text, supplemental OER resources we use in class, or the open pedagogy approach we implemented is welcome to contact me directly. My email is .

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:

Business and Information Technology

I'm assisting a counseling faculty member who is seeking OER content to support a new course to begin fall 2020. We have found books that are intro to business type and career exploration type but nothing combining the two. Any insight would be helpful. Here is the course description:

This course will introduce students to the main components of identifying a major in business/information technology. Career fields include, but are not limited to, management, marketing, sales, real estate, banking, finance, human resources, database administration, and computer support for business organizations. Through self-assessment students will explore their work interests, personality, skills, values, strengths, and life goals in order to find purpose in their academic curriculum. This course will include career planning, occupational research, and decision-making to formulate a real-world perspective on the local and national opportunities in these fields and the requirements needed to achieve them. Students also gain job search, networking, and interview skills in preparation for an internship search, as well as how to research job trends, salary, employment projections, and educational requirements.

There is an IT Careers module in the Internet Fundamentals course at  . You could expand on this to add the business careers.

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.


Customer Service

I am working with a faculty member who would like to move her course to OER.
The course title is "Customer Service" and falls in the Business and Service Industry Division.
Does anyone have resources (and a text) that might fit? I have checked and can't seem to find something that might work.

There's a Canvas shell for this course being used in Oregon:



I have a faculty member using OpenStax Econ (both micro and macro) textbooks. He really likes the books, but is less happy with the test banks. Does anyone know of alternative test banks for those texts?

If the faculty member is using the Taylor OER textbooks for macro and micro I have heard the same complaint from faculty in our district (VCCCD) - that they don't like the testbanks. To get around this challenge faculty have been adding their own questions, or creating alternative assignments using FED data and graphs, or articles from the news.
I have not moved to OER Econ because of unsatifactory reports I have heard about the testbank and the absence of a free, interactive, workbook. Knewton is still being developed, and not free.

Nearly all faculty at Saddleback College in the Economics Department use Lumen Learning (OER content, not Candela or Waymaker).  The banks are good but already starting to be found by students on the various cheating websites.  We meet as a department once a year to revise the banks to minimize plagiarism.

I am supporting a faculty colleague who will be teaching Environmental Economics beginning this fall.
We haven't found any OERs specific to this subject out there and are wondering if there are resources we've overlooked,
or something that is in production but not yet published.

There are a number of resources on MERLOT:
Material Search Results (
Using MERLOT's search of other libraries:
Other Libraries (
The Web (

They might find some material in  Energy Markets, Policy, and Regulation
Sustainability - A Comprehensive Foundation (Cabezas)
The Economics of Food and Agricultural Markets (Barkley)


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:

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!

There are a couple of adoptions in Oregon that may be of interest to you:

Hotel and Tourism Business

I am working with a Business/Management faculty member looking for OERs for U. S. Hotel & Tourism Business/Management,
especially for any specifically regarding Casinos & Cruise Management.
FYI: There is a second and more current edition of the Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC(CC BY) here:  
Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC - 2nd Edition.

Our Hospitality department asked me to look into OER for their new program.
These were the resources I collected for them that were either free or open.
I wasn't able to find anything on cruises or casinos but maybe something in here will be of use!
Hospitality OER Request List

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.

There is a faculty member at my institution searching for OER textbooks to teach an Introduction to management and  Introduction to personal finance courses.  Any suggestions?

Check out the OpenStax business series. The management text is there, definitely.
Also, UC Irvine Extention did a personal finance series.

We’ve also uploaded our recently completed Principles of Management (Man2021) course materials into The Orange Grove under the Complete Florida collection.
Finance will be uploaded there in the next few weeks.

For business OER you may want to see the environmental scan conducted in Spring 2019 for eCampus Ontario's by Kyle Mackie:
Summary report:


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.  

We have a faculty looking for resources for a Management - Labor Management Relations course. I have found a couple of items via The Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) but they are very old resources. We haven’t had much luck finding a good solid resource covering the majority of these topics.
The new OpenStax book may touch on a few of these competencies:

Another faculty member is looking for resources for her Small Business Management (SBM 2000) course. I’ve shared with her those listed on the OpenOregon resources page and we’ve reviewed resources from OpenStax.
Anyone have any alternative resources that are being used?

You may find the 48 texts we are hosting on the LibreTexts:
Also, there are about 20 customized business books at different campuses if you search under "Campus Bookshelves" (many remixed from content found in the "central bookshelves" search above).

I am working with two faculty members who are looking for slide decks for these two books:
Principles of Management
Core Principles of International marketing

Here's who is known to use Principles of Management in Oregon:
You're welcome to contact the ppl with linked email addresses about their courses to see whether they have decks they could share.

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:


I am looking if someone is using an OER material/book with no cost for BUSI 1307 Personal Finance course.

I definitely recommend checking out Economics for Life: Real-World Financial Literacy, an OER book published via Temple University.

Hi Syed, here's what I know of that's in use in Oregon:

Here is a list of OER materials/books on Personal Finance from the Oasis (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) search tool.

The three comprehensive course/textbooks all of which have been peer-reviewed:
1. Financial Empowerment: Personal Finance for Indigenous and Non-indigenous People
Author: Bettina Schneider, First Nations University of Canada, Saylor Academy
2. Personal Finance Course
Author:Chris Boies
3. Personal Finance Textbook
Author: Rachel Siegel - Author / Carol Yacht

We (LibreTexts) have a couple books that may be of use to you:
All our pages can be remixed into a customized text if desired as all OER should be.


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:

Is anyone privy to some good General Chemistry I & II lab manuals and/or textbooks? We are currently using . Any leads are greatly appreciated!

You mean beside the Chemistry library of the LibreTexts with the largest collection of chemistry OER on the net?

Hi Chris, you can browse Oregon's chemistry adoptions here:


 Does anyone have some resources or textbooks or manuals for Chemistry Lab Courses?

We have a lot to pick from
and individual labs are here:
Several of these are wired into our ADAPT homework system.

Organic Chemistry

I have a professor working on moving an organic chemistry course to OER. He’ll be using the LibreText books but needs some help with assignments.
Anyone have any resources they can send my way? Homework sets, prompts, anything like that will help. We discussed project-based assignments to make grading easier.

We have been collecting OER ochem questions for a while on the LibreTexts and have started to migrate them into the new ADAPT system. This is the first step to building a more o-chem oriented technology akin to openOchem.

We have already integrated the questions from Soderberg's  Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis (Soderberg) text into ADAPT (although they are mostly open-ended, i.e., not part of the autograded setup). We have started to migrate the more traditional questions into ADAPT and this summer we will be building the complete question databank to accompany McMurray's textmap (a OER version of the commercial text that is under developement).
Moreover, several repositories of GOB questions have been integrated, which include a range of basic ochem questions.

If any of these are of interest to you, please contact me directly and I can showcase them to you.

One of my chemistry faculty is heavily involved with OER, and has the following suggestions:
Here are a couple:
A -
B -
C -
A is open source.  C is the best right now, it’s my goto and not expensive but is for-pay.  B was just released and (while I haven’t played with it) looks awesome (also for-pay).
A has classic problems, C is great for mechanisms, B can be used for active learning in lecture or online (plus quizzes, hw, and more).

I have an instructor who wants to start utilizing OER in his Organic Chemistry online classes.  
He (previously) has been using SmartBook and ALEX – he will need OER materials and including “a drawing tool”
 – I am including the course descriptions of the two classes for your perusal.
CHM 221 – Organic Chemistry I
This is the first course in a two-semester sequence.
Topics in this course include nomenclature, structure, physical and chemical properties, synthesis,
and typical reactions for aliphatic, alicyclic, and aromatic compounds with special emphasis on reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and stereochemistry.
Laboratory is required and will include the synthesis and confirmation of representative organic compounds with emphasis on basic techniques.
CHM 222 – Organic Chemistry II
This is the second course in a two-semester sequence.
Topics in this course include nomenclature, structure, physical and chemical properties, synthesis, and typical reactions for aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic,
and biological compounds, polymers and their derivatives, with special emphasis on reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and stereochemistry.
Laboratory is required and will include the synthesis and confirmation of representative organic compounds with emphasis on basic techniques.

We have a range of Ochem content/texts in our chemistry library:
We have been building these for 15+ years and look forward to expand them when the McMurry text is available very soon.
Although the Morsch text is a map of McMurry's text.
As for drawing. We just received a State of California grant to expand the ADAPT homework system into many STEM fields.
The first year (starting this summer) will be involve chemistry and we have the plans setup for expanding with molecular drawing tools (as part of ochem assessments)
along with other tech advancements.


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:

Broadcast Copywriting
I’m looking for OER on broadcast copywriting. The course is intended to teach students to write creative radio, television, and web commercials.

The "Creating" chapters of Red & Yellow's eMarketing book might have some useful content for you:

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.

Fiber Optics
I have a prof who is looking for OER - ideally a book, but I'm open to other OER, on the subject of Fiber Optics. I've checked all the usual suspects, so I'm sortta hoping there is a hidden gem out there that someone can point out to me.

A few resources that might be helpful here:    (Teacher outreach program, funded by Dept of Energy, but couldn’t find a CC License)  (an interactive lab focused on K-12 but interesting, cc-by))
Review on Developments in Fiber Optical Sensors and Applications (Open Access Journal)
PHYS102: Introduction to Electromagnetism, Unit 7, Optics ( , cc-by)

Our Physics and Engineering LibreTexts libraries have a range of pages focusing on the topic; these can be remixed/customized depending on the level of remix you are looking for:

Let me know if you need more information; my day job involves operating a couple heavy-duty optics labs.

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. 

A speech instructor is interested in finding OERS for an interpersonal Communication speech class. The class description is as follows:
This course introduces the practices and principles of interpersonal communication in both one-on-one and group settings. Students will study how the individual characteristics of the speaker and the environment can influence the way we communicate.

You can find our Interpersonal Communications text at:
Scroll down to “Communications.” Please let me know if you’d like to receive a Word file of the book.

From a COMM prof who worked on a OER text a couple of years ago:
[We use] the following OER for Interpersonal. It does include a combination of public speaking and interpersonal, so we direct students to the relevant chapters. Feel free to share this information.  

Hi all --- I'm working on a Z-Degree project via an NDUS Fellowship Grant here in North Dakota. I've been digging up substitutes for faculty to consider, and I've run into a few topics that appear to not have any obvious OER pieces. Please prove me wrong! :-)  (Intercultural Communication)

Sybil, For Intercultural Communication, there is a new textbook titled Exploring Intercultural Communication by Tom Grothe from Butte College on LibreTexts.

International Relations

I have a faculty interested in an OER Textbook for Introduction to International Relations.

A faculty member at BCC has modified this text and included pictures, videos, and some revised content:
Her adaption is in a Canvas shell at the moment because she wants to do some additional work on it this summer but if you'd like to look at it I can put you in touch with her.

I use the free, "open access" but seemingly not OER:
There are more:

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.)

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

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.

Public Speaking

Greetings all! I am in the midst of doing some sleuthing regarding the OER being used in our system for public speaking.
In the rare instances that I can actually see what OER is in use, the text "Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking" has been what is in use.
I came across one instance where a $40 digital version of the 2nd edition of this text was in use - which I am guessing is copyrighted.
I'm curious as to whether anyone has compared the 1st and 2nd edition - or if someone has created their own 2nd edition.
I hope that makes sense - I thought I'd ask the broader community before I harassed my comm studies colleagues -
or paid the $40 to get whatever that gets me - so I could see for myself. Inquiring minds - at least this one - want to know...

That particular title was originally published in 2011 by Flatworld with an open license (CC BY-NC-SA).
A few years ago, Flatworld was purchased by new owners who changed the business model: .

The original books are still openly licensed, since CC licenses are irrevocable, and have been kept alive by various people and organizations.
The University of Minnesota has been particularly dedicated to keeping these texts alive, though they have removed Flatworld as publisher,
apparently at Flatworld's request. Here's Minnesota's copy of the 1st edition, which is OER and was published using the Pressbooks platform: .
It also has an entry at the Open Textbook Library with faculty reviews that give you some sense of the content and its relevance:

Flatworld subsequently produced a second edition of this title (released in 2016), which is available for sale from their website.
You can see the Table of Contents and other information about it at .
A description of changes made for the second edition can be found at .
I presume that this is the book that's showing up for $40 in your system catalog?
I don't want to stir up a can of worms, but I'm curious as to whether they claim copyright for this second edition
(it isn't clear anywhere on the site that I could see), and if so, whether doing so would violate the CC license of the original.
Probably a question for others to take up, if they feel so inclined. I certainly appreciate the quality of the Flatworld books that I've seen in the past,
so don't want to cast any aspersions on them as an organization.

It's one of the old Flat World Knowledge texts.  
Original version was published under CC BY-NC-SA licence in 2011.
That version became NOT for attribution at the request of Flatworld after the freemium business model ended and they went with low cost publishing model.  

The 2nd edition by the authors and publisher was published in 2016. Description of revisions are on this link:

University of Minnesota released their own formatted version of the 2011 text.

Long time reader, first time poster.
I have a professor looking to replace her introductory public speaking text-but she'd like something with built in assessments.
Is that something any of you have seen/used?
I see a lot of textbook options but not with those kinds of bells and whistles.
Outside of this "everything I get from my current textbook company" question, how about just a great public speaking text you or your faculty use?

We - the LibreTexts team - added assessments for "Stand up, Speak out -
The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking" into our ADAPT homework
system. They are mostly open-ended now, but can be switched to
auto-graded in an hour or two (our plan):
with texts in the SocialSci library:
We were uploading the questions for a different public speaking project
a few weeks ago; I am unsure of the status, but I can find out.
ADAPT does allow for audio upload, which is a different form than
standard homework assessments (used for foreign language and music courses).

You can see what's in use in Oregon via the Open Oregon Resources page (  ).
Right now it's a little messy to look for all public speaking courses because we have 4 prefixes in use (!).
So I recommend doing a control-F for COM , COMM , SP , and SPE . Including the space after the characters in your search string
will get you there more easily.  Entries with a check mark include ancillaries. You can filter for this with the checkbox at the top of the page.

We use

Several of my institution's faculty are currently working on a basic public speaking text.
They intend to eventually create ancillaries, but those will  come later. The text,  Communication for College, Career, and Civic Life,
is due out in 2023 and will take approaches focusing on DEI, information literacy, and digital technology.
If you'd like me to get you in touch with the authors, feel free to let me know.

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


I am teaching CAD 153 (Intermediate AutoCAD)
I am looking to find projects whereby I may use our 3D printer in this CAD course.
The highlight of CAD 153 is creating CAD drawings that use GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance). GD&T created prints are used in manufacturing.  This ensures that manufactured products adhere to specific dimensions and tolerances.
Since our CNC machine class is not running this semester, I was hoping to use our 3D printer as a substitute.

If you haven't yet done so, you might want to check Skills Commons. Below is one of the resources I found:
CAD 262 3D Printing
Provides the student with the ability to blend the virtual and real design worlds together through the use of 3D Scanning, 3D CAD Modeling, and 3D Printing.



For C++ specifically, there is:
Programming Fundamentals - A Modular Structured Approach using C++
There is now a second edition of that resource that includes matching examples in C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, and Swift. See:
Programming Fundamentals - A Modular Structured Approach, 2nd Edition
There are also plenty of free but not open programming language resources available online. SoloLearn is very good. I also recommend FreeCodeCamp, W3Schools, and TutorialsPoint.

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:

A colleague is looking for OERs for two CIS courses:
Introduction to Windows
Google Applications

We are currently harvesting a resource in the LibreTexts that can help (from Minnesota) as part of a great CIS OER we are building for Los Rios CC district:
We are still polishing for accessibility, cross referencing to the centralized framework, and adding the dynamic glossary, but it should be good to go.
All the pages are fully remixable as OER should be.

Here are two course shells created in Oregon that are relevant:

I’m seeking resources for a course called Technical Computer Applications.
Course Description: An introduction to computers, elements of computer hardware and software and how they are used in the workplace, and the social impact of computers.
Hands-on introduction and development of general computer skills for technical programs such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation applications, and email.
Create and modify files using Microsoft Office programs.
Analyze the formatting needs of a specific Microsoft Office file to improve its appearance.
Identify the appropriate software applicable to their trade industry and explain its use.

 Hi Sally, you might check out this open course shell from Oregon:

Agreed on GCF Global. For a course designed around GCF Global learning activities, see

1. On windows, there’s this one:
2. Computer Applications for Managers:
3. Computer Fundamentals for Technical Students. I believe I sent this one already but … this is for Windows and basic IT stuff:

Computer Literacy

Does anybody know of an OER or low-cost alternative to MindTap? We have faculty at my school who are interested in switching to a lower-cost option that includes a simulation environment for computer basics and Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook) but we have not been able to find a free or low-cost alternative that provides the same type of interactive modules.

 Consider using  for free tutorials, step-by-step instructions, practice files, videos, etc. Students can get Microsoft Office for free. See  . The only thing you wouldn't have is the automated grading.
For Mac or Chromebook users who want access to a Windows environment, Amazon AWS has Workspaces available for around $10 per month if used carefully, and several months available as a free trial. Students can also use AWS EC2 instances and get enough credits to use free for the semester or even a year, but EC2 is a bit more complicated to get started.

We are designing a course for our returning adult learners and need to find so basic materials for digital literacy.

Please consider using GCF Global:  . The content is excellent and free.

If you'd like to see it organized as a course or as continuing education resources, please see either:
You are welcome to borrow from and/or enhance either wiki if you have additional resources or suggestions.

Just a quick reminder that GCF Global is free but not open.  You can NOT copy the resources from GCF Global into your CMS/LMS without permission as they are copyrighted.   Dave has done a great job in his courses below linking out to the GCF resources which is allowed.  
Terms of use can be read here

I am trying to help a faculty member redesign a course that covers MS Office Word, PPT, and Excel.
Students are required to take this course and hate they have to pay so much money to take this course.
They use Pearson’s website and Pearson’s book and this costs the students around 150 dollars.
I would love to be able to find OER materials, so the students do not have to buy the book and pay for access to the Pearson website.
I also need a resource for basic computer literacy for those adult students returning for a degree or returning to finish a degree.

Hi Susan -  as a faculty member teaching computers I often use Goodwill Foundations Learnfree Resources -  
they are openly available, but not OER
They provide videos, sample start files, and step by step instructions. They are also updated with each new version.

I have seen this website as well, but we do not use it based on what they have stated in their terms of use - .
I would recommend reviewing this as the way we interpret it,
we are not able to utilize these resources in our LMS and they are really for personal use only.
Our computer course is where we are struggling to find usable and sustainable OER as well.  

I wanted to chime in and say that I contacted GCF a few years back when we were creating a course with their content (links out),
and they were okay with that as well as embedding the practice documents into the course. Their terms of use may have changed since then.
I’d suggest reaching out to them and seeing if you can get permission if it’s needed for the way you intend to use their content in class.

I also teach this course.  I use the following resources:
Business Computers 365 by Marcus Lacher is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
Microsoft Office Training and Tutorials: - which was already mentioned.
They have practice exercises that you can download for free - not open - like others have said, but free  to use.
Beginning Excel from Open Oregon:
Computer Applications from Lumen Learning:
Computer Applications for Managers:
LibGuide from Tacoma CC with some great resources:


Excel for Mac Users

Hi all, has anyone created OER on Excel for Mac users?
There are two good resources I'm aware of, but neither is Mac-specific:
GCF Global (free but not open):  .
I use Office on a Mac, and, to me, the applications aren't different enough to have a separate course. When I teach the office apps, I try to focus on concepts rather than a specific user interface, so students could use any version of Office, or even Google Apps or LibreOffice, if they prefer.
There is one other really good resource specifically for Excel:
Excel Easy (free but not open):

Information Systems

Can anyone recommend good introductory Information Systems textbooks?
I am looking for alternatives to this one:
Introduction to Information Systems (7th edition) Australia and New Zealand Edition.
R. Kelly Rainer & Brad Prince, Wiley, 2019
Which is used for our INFO101 course here in New Zealand. I have identified these so far:
Pham, L., Desai-Naik, T., Hammond, L., Abdeljabbar, W. & Albrecht, R. (2021). Information Systems for Business.
This is an updated & revised edition of Bourgeois (below)
Bourgeois, D. T., Smith, J. L., Wang, S., & Mortati, J. (2019). Information systems for business and beyond.
15 reviews here
(c2015). Information systems: A Manager's guide to harnessing technology. University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing.
6 reviews here
Felvegi, E. (2019). Foundations of Management Information Systems.
Felvegi, E., Lave, B., Shingledecker, D., Romey, J., Brown, N., & Schatz, M. (2019). Business Computer Information Systems.  
Judith Thomas just shared this new text release earlier today that might fit your class.
Introduction to Text Analysis: A Coursebook Authors: Brandon Walsh (University of Virginia) and Sarah Horowitz (Washington and Lee University)
I’ve also found these:
Information Systems: No Boundaries
A Tale of Two Systems
I am working with two other faculty in Ontario to adapt a few IS resources primarily the one by David Bourgeois, as well as a Lumen Learning course
and this book Maritime Management - Micro and Small Business for a Canadian audience. We are building the book in Pressbooks, and are including H5P as well as slides. The book should be available by the end of November.  We have added new chapters for Decision Support, Emerging Technology and eBusiness. The structure of the book is:
Ch1: Introduction to Info Systems
Ch2: Business Strategy
Ch3: Hardware
Ch4: Software
Ch5: Data
Ch6: Networks
Ch7: Systems Development
Ch8:  Security
Ch9: Issues – Canadian perspective
Chp11: Business Process and Enterprise Solutions
Chp12: Decision Support/Business Intelligence
Chp13: Emerging Technology (A.I.)--


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.

Introduction to the Internet

A faculty member is looking to replace the textbook she uses for her Introduction to the Internet class.
In this class they cover topics that include: internet browser basics, email communication, search engines, internet & wireless networking security (basics),
creating HTML documents, internet communication tools, social networking tools, and guidelines for conduct online.  
I’ve shared with her the two courses I discovered from OpenOregon’s list of resources.

Please see .
The course is based on the CIW Internet Business Associate certification and is used by Google Search as the definition of Internet fundamentals.
We have had multiple instructors using this resource successfully for several years now.
Faculty members are welcome to contact me with any questions or requests for test banks, etc.--

Microsoft Office

Since this post is a few years old, I'm wondering if any OER have since been developed. Looking for interactive simulations for Microsoft Office/computer basics.

There are some course shells and other materials created by Oregon instructors that you can check out here:


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)  

I’ve been asked by a teaching colleague to find OER related to an introduction to forensics course. Any resources that can be identified are appreciated.

Hi Peter, there is an Open Textbook Library book used by some CC faculty:
Another one by Pressbooks is:
Another one by Windsor Studies in Argumentation:
Some other resources to consider:
Also, the Academic Senate for California Community College OER Initiative is funding two books on Argumentation that should be out by February 2020.

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)

We have a faculty member starting an online class entitled Probation and Parole.
She is having a hard time finding an open source book.
It could be part of a larger text on community corrections but the focus is on probation and parole.

Here are a few resources:  (Probation, CH 4.1; Parole, CH 4.3)

Find additional OER titles at our ADMJ OER by Subject Guide:

Material Search Results (

From MERLOT Smart Search:
Other Libraries (
The Web (


I'm working with a CJ professor to find OER textbooks for two courses: Intro to Corrections and Juvenile Justice.  
Any suggestions are welcome.

You may find what you are looking for in our Corrections and Criminal Justice bookshelf:  

We have a few CJ programs across FL and our libraries have pulled together resources,
which you can scan for useful OER:  (may also include state, national, and library resources)
Professor at UNF created or adapted a Zero cost resource for Juvenile Justice course,
but I can not locate the resource listing.  If you contact she may share what she is using.
Brown, Samantha. Title: Assistant Professor. Email: samantha.brown@unf

Forensic Science

I have a professor attempting to put together a proposal for an Introduction to Forensic Science course and is hoping for some OER to include.
I've searched through the regular channels and found a few things (a chapter from BC Campus' Intro to Criminal Investigation
text, a chapter from OpenStax Biology) but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a text or full course which they could share?

There are a couple of resources used at Lane Community College that might help:

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)

 I have an instructor looking for an open source textbook for Litigation Procedures?

That's an incredibly broad topic. There are business law books and there are remixing possibilities. Could your colleague narrow it down a bit. Till then have a look at  and and there are some open case books out there for law school students

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) has produced a large number of free & openly licensed law books that might be of interest:
Harvard also has an open casebook project: . It looks like there's at least one casebook there with materials for complex litigation:


The folks who run our paralegal associate’s degree program have made the decision that they’d like to convert all courses in the program
 to a zero-cost textbook model, with the intention of leaning heavily on OERs.  
I’ve done a bit of looking in the usual places and haven’t come up with many quality/current resources for them to use.  I’m wondering:
1.  Are there any other paralegal programs that have made a similar transition?  Care to share your experience?
2.  Any suggestions on where to go to broaden my search?  Any recommendations for specific resources?

Cornell has a good site ( LII / Legal Information Institute ( ) that we leverage in our paralegal courses, as well as  Oyez  .  
We also subscribe to CALI ( Home | CALI), which has affordable lesson content. is another resource.
We also try and use the free Bluebook citation information they provide online, but some of our courses require the full book.  


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.

I have a faculty member who teaches in our Diesel Tech program (we're a community and technical college); he was wondering what sorts of OER are out there for him to utilize. I think I've seen links to repositories (?), and maybe I have them saved somewhere, but I thought I'd throw out an email to see what you all have, too. TIA.

Skills Commons has a number of resources in this field:

I have some colleges that are currently using Cengage for their cosmetology courses.
Cengage is moving from MindTap to CIMA, and the colleges are running into several issues with CIMA.
We are now looking for Cosmetology OER courses or textbooks that do not use Cengage or CIMA.
Does anyone have any recommendations for resources in this subject?

MERLOT has a number of resources listed:
Material Search Results (
Here are a few resources from SkillsCommons:
Search - SkillsCommons Repository

Cullinary Arts

Does anybody know of Culinary Safety and Sanitation OER textbooks? I found the one on BCCampus but the culinary faculty said it doesn’t have quite enough information for them. Anything even tangentially related would be deeply appreciated.

These materials, created by culinary arts faculty at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, aren’t focused on safety/sanitation. But, perhaps your faculty can find some pieces that are useful:
Culinary Foundations:
Garde Manger:
Introduction to Baking and Pastries:
Meat Identification and Fabrication:
Flavors of the Saucier:
Fruits, Vegetables, and Farinaceous Products:
Sophomore Internship:
Senior Internship:
There’s also this resource from the FDA: Bad Bug Book Handbook of Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins:

In addition to the resources Emily shared, faculty members in Central California worked on creating ZTC CTE
courses last year for a regional project – a few of these were related to hospitality and culinary arts.
These are available in Canvas Commons if you search for “mother lode” in the search bar or by clicking on the links below:
Safety & Sanitation
Intro to Commercial Baking
Culinary Production & Operation
Hospitality Cost Control
Hospitality Laws

 a couple more for tourism:

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

I'm looking for some OER on dental office administration. Basic tooth anatomy, and common office procedures.

 Portions of these CC-BY-SA community oral health education booklets might be helpful.  
Oral Health Education (4 booklets)
image collection

Carpentry and Construction

I have faculty looking for open ed materials on carpentry and construction and am coming up with nothing.  I have exhausted the normal channels.

·        SkillsCommons
·        BCcampus Trades Textbooks
·        BCOE CTE Center   (Specifically Wood Technology 1 & 2 )
Rutherford, C. (2018). Building Maintenance & Construction – Tools and Maintenance Tasks (CC BY 4.0). An interactive textbook that can be accessed online or downloaded.

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:  

I’m looking for materials for the following courses:
MMCTC-370      Fundamentals of Welding & Machine Shop
MMCTC-371      Fundamentals of Hydraulics and Pneumatics
MMCTC-372      Electrical Fundamentals

Our welding department was able to work out an agreement with one of the welding equipment manufacturers to distribute their product user guide as a course textbook. The content isn't open, but it is free for our students.
Contact Kurt Billsten ( ) for more information.

In addition to the resources Michaela shared, here are a few others in use in Oregon:
- For hydraulics:
- For electronics:  (is this the same as electrical?)

I am seeking OER resources for an instructor who is teaching electric motors, 3 phase induction motors, 3 phase electrical power,
electrical transformer, electric motor drives, variable speed drive, and variable frequency drives.
The courses the content will be used in are Industrial Electronics coursesEEM-211 AC Machines
EEM-221 DC/AC Drives

There are several resources in our workforce library that look like they can help you:

Here's a list of related resources used in Oregon that you may want to browse through:
And another couple that didn't match that search string: Troubleshooting motors and controls, All About Circuits, Vol.1: Direct Current (DC)

I am enjoying the exchange of ideas in the group. Now, it's my turn to ask for help. I'm in unfamiliar territory...
I am looking for OER materials for an Electrician program. Currently,
students use a Pearson product for study and prep for a certification test through
NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research).
The instructors would like to explore open textbooks and possibly a different certification exam.
What have you found to be the best sources for OER resources in career/technical programs?
Course list for Technical Diploma in Electrician
ELEC 1120 Basic Electricity
ELEC 1210 Residential Wiring
Elec 1330 Generators/Motors & Transformers
ELEC 1420 Intro to Motor Controls
ELEC 1440 Motor Controls
ELEC 2520 Solid State Theory
Elec 2540 Logic Functions
ELEC 2720 Intro to Programmable Logic

A faculty member at College of DuPage wrote a textbook titled Fundamentals of Electricity (CC BY-NC-
SA) in 2021. You can find it indexed in OER Commons or all documents linked in a Google folder.


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. 

Besides the Skills Commons resources, did you end up finding anything for the EMT courses? I have a faculty member looking for something similar and I had pointing him to SkillsCommons as well but am wondering if there is anything else out there that we could also consider.

Hi Sarah and all, I put out a similar question last week. Here's the roundup of responses, with thanks to everyone who offered suggestions:

- Syllabus for a course at LB that uses Learning Express Library materials for a CMA course
- Health Case Studies
- Improving Understanding and Collaboration Among First Responders
- Wikibook for EMT Basics:
- Emergency responder open courses in MERLOT: 
- Life in the Fast Lane FOAM site
- Academic Life in Emergency Medicine
- FOAM and Critical Care

Fire Science
Our Fire Technology program faculty are interested in moving to OER. I’m having a hard time finding any resources. Does anyone know of Fire programs that are Zero Cost or use OER?
The closest thing I could find is something like this:
Improving Understanding and Collaboration Among First Responders: This unique training addresses the institutional culture of five responder groups: law enforcement, EMS, fire, public health, and private security in an attempt at fostering understanding among these groups.
But they are looking for more on Fire Prevention Technology, Fire Protection Equipment and Systems, Building Construction for Fire Protection, etc.

MERLOT has a category of Fire Safety and has a number of different materials there that may be helpful:
Material Search Results (

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.

Landscape Design

Some instructors at USask are looking for OER for the Landscape Design course.
I have found these and sent them on to them, but I'm wondering if there is anything that might meet their needs (see below).  (this one was a cross-Canada partnership that Fran Walley led.
They're looking for materials that cover:
Design styles, elements, and techniques
- History of landscape design
- Indigenous, English, German, and Japanese styles
- Hard scaping, construction, working containers with turfgrass
- Communication and working with clients
Landscape design principles and concepts
- Humans in the natural and urban worlds
- Urban environments and urban planning
- Future cities and urban communities
- The landscape design process
Plants in the landscape
- Landscape and site analysis, drafting programs
- Plant selection, hardiness, climate, water, soils, color, and light
- Edible, perennial, and annual landscapes; stock standards, pruning
- Botanical gardens and prairie gardens
Environmental philosophy, landscape ecology and sustainability
- Concept of nature; the connection between nature and humankind
- Sustainable development goals and urban horticulture
- Ecological functioning of landscapes, and landscape restoration
- Soil-plant-air-water continuum

You may find content of use in the LibreTexts platform. Via searches on our Commons search for biology and ecology:

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 Assisting

I just got an email from a student who is in the medical assisting program at my institution. They found my name as the ZTC/OER lead on campus and sent me an email explaining their hardships. While I cannot insist that other faculty employ zero cost OERs in their programs, I can offer suggestions and send resources to the student directly so they may at least use the zero cost resources in lieu of pricy materials.

There are some OER/no-cost adoptions in Linn-Benton Community College's medical assistant program:
One of these relies on test prep available through a database that our State Library provides access to for all Oregonians.

I took a quick look at the textbooks required for the courses for the program.
Medical/health materials tend to be on the higher end of course material prices.  
The department actually does a really nice job of describing and breaking out the costs of the program  
I may be missing if there are separate lab fees or kits the student needs (medical kits can get expensive), but while a few course materials are on the higher side many are not like MEADA 160 is $68.
166 and 165 is using the same material so that textbook is for both courses.
171 is an expensive $200 title -figure its Elsevier.  Ugh.

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

I am seeking images for a pharmacy tech program - has anyone had any luck with this area?  

Unsplash has some nice options:   

Plumbing and Electrical Work
I am looking for OER that cover basic plumbing and electrical work for our corrections students. It would be great if video tutorials are available.

One of our instructors at Maui Community College developed this book a few years ago.
It covers plumbing, electrical, and a host of safety topics.
There are many embedded videos within.

Skills Commons at
 offers OER repositories and portals, among other things.

Hmm, I wonder why that could be.
The book has an entry in the Open Textbook Library, but may not have been included in many other repositories or referatories.
Feel free to distribute and share broadly to other places where folks look for OER.
Oh, and leave a review in the OTL if you have a moment!

Real Estate
Our college is looking into the possibility of making our Real Estate program ZTC and we are wondering if
there are OER materials out there for the courses listed below.  
Most probably are California specific, but if any of you know of any OER for these courses, please let us know.
Real Estate Principles
Fundamentals of real estate, covering basic laws and principles of California real estate.
Gives understanding, background, and terminology necessary for advanced study in the specialized courses.
Real Estate Practice
Office procedures and practices of the broker and salesperson in the real estate business, including listing, prospecting,
advertising, financing, exchanges, and sales techniques.
Course is applicable toward the educational requirements for broker’s license and real estate salesperson’s license.
Real Estate Finance
Analysis of real property financing. Topics include: primary and secondary sources of real estate loans,
mathematics and legal aspects of finance, role of government agencies, mortgage insurance and interest rates,
credit reporting, real estate appraisal, and taxation.
Course is applicable toward the educational requirements for broker’s license and real estate salesperson’s license.
Real Estate Appraisal
Introductory course covering the purposes of appraisals, the appraisal process and approaches,
and the methods and techniques used to determine the value of various types of property,
with emphasis on the single-family residence. Course is applicable toward the educational requirements for broker’s
license  real estate sales-person’s license.
Advanced Real Estate Appraisal
Appraisal of residential apartment buildings, small office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial buildings.
Course meets California real estate broker license requirements, and is accepted as 54 hours toward Office of Real Estate
Appraisers (OREA) certificate-residential/certificate-general appraisal requirements.
Real Estate Escrow
Case method study of escrow procedures, including the actual processing of sale escrow. Topics include: encumbrances, interest adjustments, reconveyance, mortgages, insurance, taxes, fees, unique vocabulary, title policy types, drawing of documents, and other processing details pertinent to the handling of an escrow from inception to closing. Course applies towards the education requirements for broker’s and real estate salesperson’s licenses.
Real Estate Property Management
Introduction to management of real estate property. Identification and analysis of functions, responsibilities, legal rights,
 liabilities, and leasing instruments of property management. Course is an elective for the California sales or broker’s license.

I saw your message regarding the possibility of developing a zero-course materials cost degree for Real Estate
and your request for information about existing OER course materials (Erin, see message from Larry below).
My colleague Dr. Erin Hopkins (copied) is developing an 8-chapter, peer- and student-reviewed open textbook
titled Sustainable Property Management. It will be published in early 2023. To receive updates,
please complete the form at:   The Table of Contents is included below.
Erin, may I share the draft abstract and introduction?
Chapter 1: Introduction to Sustainable Property Management
Chapter 2: The Three Spheres of Sustainable Property Management
Chapter 3: Stakeholder Motivations for Sustainable Property Management Practices
Chapter 4: Sustainable Building Maintenance and Repair Practices
Chapter 5: The Intersection of Sustainable Property Management and Risk Management
Chapter 6: Integrating Sustainable Practices into Marketing and Leasing
Chapter 7: Integrating Sustainable Practices into Accounting and Finance
Chapter 8: Health and Well-Being Considerations

Regenerative Agriculture

I was wondering if anyone has openly licensed materials on regenerative agriculture?

The only thing that comes to mind is Andrew Millison's Intro to Permaculture:

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)

We are looking for any materials that exist for Welding. We’ve found a few things on Skills Commons but are hoping that there are more out there.

Although MERLOT and Skills Commons are partners, we don't necessarily have the same resources.  
I searched MERLOT for Welding and found 77 materials:
Material Search Results (
In addition, if you click on the Other Libraries at the top tab, you can find more. For welding, none of the other Libraries have resources.
Our tab of The Web uses an algorithm that searches educationally oriented materials.  There are 100 materials. Probably not all usable, but good to have.

Hi Sally, here are a few adoptions from Oregon that may be relevant:

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


Minnesota State is the recipient of a $978,332 grant through the Open Textbook Pilot program from the US Department of Education.  We are conducting an inventory of available materials in the open marketplace (and beyond) for the following 5 courses in teacher education:
•        Introduction to Education
•        Foundations of Instruction
•        Educational Technology
•        Introduction to Literacy
•        Human Relations and Multicultural Education
If you or a colleague you know are familiar with open or public domain materials that may align well with one or more of the courses above, we would welcome your drawing our attention to them.  We are ecstatic for this opportunity to expand the number of high quality and open materials available to teacher educators everywhere, and we are thankful for any assistance our colleagues working in the open space can provide.

For open textbooks related to Educational Technology, I highly recommend checking out EdTech Books,

Introduction to Education (BETA): Becoming a Professional by Jennifer Beasley and Myra Haulmark (CC BY-SA)
Description: This book was written to provide students with an introduction to the field of education.
The book is broken into chapters that focus on questions students may have about education in general.
Although some chapters may go into more depth than others, this is created as an introductory text.

Lumen Course: Foundations of Education:  Foundations of Education was created
as a broad introduction to the teacher education program at SUNY Oneonta. The faculty of SUNY Oneonta designed this book with
the intention to give an overview of topics that would be returned to throughout the student’s preparatory program.
The authors strove to create a reader-friendly overview that would be used as the basis for classroom discussion as they welcomed future educators
 and asked them to reflect on what kind of teacher they will be.

Lumen course Education, Society, & the K-12 Learner:
Book: The Ends and Means of Education: A Philosophy of Education Reader by Kevin Johnstun (CC0 - public domain license):
Wikibook on Education (CC BY-SA):
Here is an Educational Psychology book (CC BY):     
Brown’s Useful Guide: Where Theory Becomes Applicable to Classroom Practice  (does have copyright but is part of Columbia State University's CSU's ePress which is open access.)
Here are some resources I have pulled from a thread on OER for Education courses in a Google Group I manage.
I forgot to include resources for some of the other classes you listed:
EEC Language and Literacy Course (CC BY-NC-SA)
Culturally Responsive Teaching: A 50-State Survey of Teaching Standards (CC BY)
Course on Intercultural Education .which includes content on intercultural relationships, cultural differences, social conflict, cultural spaces, cultural competence is licensed CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US
These resources are found on threads in the prior linked Google Group.--

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.   

Hi, I have a faculty member who is looking for OER for two early childhood education classes related to teaching literacy.

She has found Schneider's text The Inside, Outside, and Upside Downs of Children's Literature: From Poets and Pop-ups to Princesses and Porridge, and will likely use that for Teaching Children's Literature, but is open to additional suggestions.

She is particularly looking for something for the course Teaching Language Arts to the Young Child. She's already looked in the the early childhood ed category in Merlot, OpenSUNY, and Project Guttenberg and found possible resources, so at this point I think we are trying to determine if anyone is using something different that is open but housed locally and not already available through the typical OER repositories. Thanks for any suggestions you can provide!

It wouldn't be a standalone text, but there is a chapter on Language Literacy in the Introduction Curriculum OER textbook that myself and a colleague wrote that can be accessed at!forum/introduction-to-curriculum-oer-group

There are also a few resources in a general ECE OER/ZTC collaboration Google Group in the Language and Literacy thread at!topic/early-childhood-education-oer-collaboration/eGC2957fEwQ  (not all are openly licensed as zero textbook cost materials can be included).

I have some instructors looking for an OER textbook for an Introduction to Early Childhood Education class.

There is a great one from College of the Canyons. 

We have imported the College of the Canyons ECE books into our SocialSciences library (thanks Jennifer Paris):
and the Spanish translations can be found here (still being imported):
As all OER should be, our hosted content is fully remixable and editable. Let me know if you would like to know more information.

While we have five (and soon to be six)  OER ECE books, the one that will best match what you are likely looking for is still in the works. It is expected to be released in the fall. They may be able to find some resources to use to replace a textbook in the Early Childhood Education OER/ZTC Collaboration Google Group.
Here is a summary of work (mostly from the California Community College system) in Early Childhood Education, as well.

I have a faculty member looking for textbooks to use in our early childhood education courses.

Here are resources I've come across over the years.
Most of these were found pre-pandemic (before 2020), so I'm not sure how current they may still be,
but I'm hoping you can find some helpful resources or at least a few leads:

Child, Family, and Community, Version 1.0 can be accessed in Word and PDF in the Welcome Message of the Google Group for the book
The Child Growth and Development OER textbook that College of the Canyons has been working on for 18 months
is now fully complete and ready to be shared. It doesn’t yet have a permanent URL on the College of the Canyons website,
but can be accessed using the links below.

The Word version of the book (to be downloaded for easy editing)
The PDF version of the book
A Google Group with the hopes that instructors will be willing to share resources (ideally with an open license)
they use to teach the course with the book

CSU Channel Islands uses ALL OER for its Child Development program. Maybe contact the coordinator or program chair.
OER for Child Dev on the site
There is an ECE OER/ZTC google group which we have been using as a content repository for a wide variety of ECE courses (over 30)!

We have spent a bit of time harvesting and curating many ECE texts within the ECE bookshelf on the LibreTexts Social Sci library:

However, some content can also be found in the Education bookshelf:

As with all the OER on our libraries, they can be easily edited, customized, and remixed. Please let me know if you need any more information.

There are a lot of great open resources for ECE out there.
You can find available titles within the "Early childhood care and education" subject on the Pressbooks Directory.
Most of these titles are openly licensed and available to be adapted within a Pressbooks network or on another platform.

I am looking for OER for the following courses in Child Development/Early Childhood Education:

Here are some great resources to check out for ECE OER
Summary of Open Educational Resources in Early Childhood Education
Open Educational Resources and CDEV/ECE (Child Development and Early Childhood Education) - ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (
Early Childhood Education - Social Sci LibreTexts
Education & Professional Development - Social Sci LibreTexts
There are also quite a few canvas shells shared on the commons if you are a canvas school
which might have some additional ZTC resources you can use.

Infant and Child Development: From Conception Through Late Childhood by Marie Parnes PhD and Maria Pagano PhD

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 .

Introduction to Education

I have a faculty member looking for OER for a course titled "Introduction to Education". The course description is:
Provides an introduction to teaching as a profession in the American education system.
Offers a variety of perspectives on education including historical, philosophical, social, legal, and ethical issues in a diverse society.
Includes organizational structure and school governance.

Here is a thread in that lists OER that I (and colleagues in Early Childhood Education) have come across for Education courses:!topic/early-childhood-education-oer-collaboration/APeYa-XjYxU

SUNY Oneonta created a Foundations of Education book meant for our first year students.
This is an introductory course meant for all of our elementary and adolescent future teachers, meant to give a broad overview of topics that they will get further instruction in as they progress through the program.
This is the pilot version of the book that we used in the fall and spring semester, and we are currently making revisions to be used next fall.   


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).

Study Skills

One of my Learning Center faculty is working on converting his Study Skills course to OER, and is creating a remix of a variety of elements. He’s wanting to incorporate pieces from a variety of sources on the following topics:
How students should pursue communication with instructors–especially via email
Self-discovery, how the brain processes information
Real-world communication and interaction with colleagues
Growth mindset (we have Carol Dweck’s works via library subscription, but looking for others)
Time management
Active listening, note taking, reading/studying textbooks
Test success
How to create an environment that is conducive to good study
Learning styles, Garner’s multiple intelligences, personality types
Initially, I worked with some of our Counseling staff, and they had some recommendations, mostly from the following resources:
LibreTexts: Research and Info Literacy Bookshelf
LibreTexts: Counseling and Guidance Bookshelf
While we’ve been able to get some pieces together, but it’s somewhat hodge-podge.
The ask: Do any of you out there have ‘study skills’-type courses (perhaps through counseling, the learning center, or similar arenas) that are using a remix or textbook that you could recommend?

Here are some resources to peruse, Sarah:

OpenStax College Success (book) may have some content that is in scope:


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:  

"I am teaching an assessment course in Education, which is new to me.  
It does not have a textbook, so I am looking for resources to use with the students- content is on validity and reliability, formative, and summative assessment,
making assessments using multiple choice questions, making rubrics and checklists etc.  
Would there be something available in the open resources that might be helpful?"

I have not dove into this resource but I'm sure there is some helpful information
Foundations of Education and Instructional Assessment (Kidd et al.) - Social Sci LibreTexts

FYI: We just moved the Kidd et al.'s questions into H5P format and available on the LibreStudio (

The cases in the book Open Pedagogy Approaches cover assessment of open pedagogy projects:

Two books I'm aware of that may be directly relevant are this upper level education text on Curriculum,
Instruction, and Assessment from Kansas State:  and On Assessment, which was created by the first cohort of students enrolled in Special Topics in Assessment,
"a seven-week, fully online, (mostly) asynchronous, elective course in the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TLHE) certificate program at
Centennial College in Toronto":
Rajiv Jhangiani wrote about his experience collaborating with students to develop assessments for an open textbook: .
There are some other good examples in the Open Pedagogy Notebook: .

They might also find some interesting reflections in the Open Faculty and Open Learner patchbooks: +
 that Terry Greene assembled.

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:

Teaching Professions

I’m looking for resources for an Intro to Teaching Professions class geared towards future Texas educators.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

This Foundations of Education book was created at SUNY Oneonta and piloted this semester. While we expect to do extensive revisions based on feedback from the pilot instructors, but you are welcome to this draft version. It was made for the first class in our Education program as an introduction to teaching.

Does anyone know of OER on the subject of teaching as a career?  
I'm trying to support a very OER-positive colleague in our teacher ed department, but I can't figure out a search which works:
"teaching" and "teacher" are used too much in many OER which are far from what I want;
"career" not quite as much, but also not great.

Here are two OER on education:
Introduction to Education (BETA): Becoming a Professional
Authors: Jennifer Beasley and Myra Haulmark
is licensed CC BY-SA (you can use and modify, but must keep the same license)

I have a couple faculty who use
Brown's Useful Guide: Where Theory Becomes Applicable to Classroom Practice
The Noblest Profession: the fundamentals and philosophy of teaching


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

I’m looking for an OER for preservice teachers for a class  - Introduction to Technology for Teachers.
Currently we are using a print book – Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching by Roblyer and Hughes. In some sections we are using Teaching in a Digital Age by Bates, but this text does not seem a good fit for my community college students.

A couple of years ago I created a community-college Educational Technology course and released it under CC.  
It was designed as a faculty learning community with learning activities largely directed by individual students' interests. For example, students were given the task of exploring the contributions of a leader in the field and reporting back to the cohort.  Or, using a free online tool to create classroom materials, and reviewing it for suitability and ease of use.  The course makes extensive use of discussion boards and comprehensive rubrics.  The midterm and final exams are open-ended and ask, "What have you learned and how will this impact your career as a teacher?"
The course was reviewed by Quality Matters and received a score of 96/99.  Links to the Blackboard Learn course archive and Common Cartridge export are below.  Note that materials linked from the course may not be OER.
Common cartridge:
Blackboard Learn:



My Learning Center staff are fully engaged in converting their courses to OER/ZTC, with the tutoring practicum course being the next one on the list. I’m attaching the course outline of record to give folks an idea of what is taught in this course.
In doing a browse through LibreTexts Education and Professional Development library, Pressbooks and a few other spots, nothing jumped out at me as fitting with this course. But maybe I missed something? Are there suggestions out there?

Would this one work for you?
Tutor Handbook: A Guide to Foundational Tutoring Skills by Penny Feltner and James R. Gapinski



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?