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.


The Arts




Criminal Justice and Law


Computer and Information Science





Environmental Science







Library Science









Sign Language



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

Physical Anthropology

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

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

The Arts

Art Appreciation

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

I have an instructor using smarthistory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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:

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." 

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.



 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 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


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!

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.



There is a microbiology from OpenStax.

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

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


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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Business 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:


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 -

Microsoft Applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Finance

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

Our personal finance instructor uses:

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


Retail Management

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

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

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

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

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

We are currently using this textbook:

Retailing: Integrated Retail Management, 2nd edition

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


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.




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”

Computer and Information Science

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.

Introduction to Computer Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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


Criminal Justice and Law

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)


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.


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

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:

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)

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

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.


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)  (not OER, but free)  (really cheap welding books)   (not OER, but free)


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. 

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

Instructional Design

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


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

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

Open Education

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

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

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

Special Education

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

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

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


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

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

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

I've compiled some student examples here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study Skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

English 101: 

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

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

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

Database for older public domain literature project


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

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



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

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


- What I initially sent to the instructor: 

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

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

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

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

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

But wait, there's more...

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Environmental Science

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

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

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

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

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


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


Cultural Geography

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

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


Physical Geography

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

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

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

World Geography

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

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

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

Thanks, Barbara! 

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


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

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


Health Education

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

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

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

This is what's being used at PCC:

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

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

Health Science

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

Medical Terminology

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

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

Pharmacology Nursing

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

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



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:

History of England

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

Latin American History

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

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

Western Civilization

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

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

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

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

Political Science

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

At Central Virginia Community College, Prof. Jim Tuite has developed two sequence courses in American Government, PLS 211 and PLS 212 that are OER-certified by Lumen are required by out ATD OER grant. You may want to get in touch with him.


I've come across a couple resources. For intermediate level Japanese, you could look at Preadvanced Japanese available through the Open Textbook Library. There's also a Japanese book available through Wikibooks. Another resource that might be helpful is the JOSHU website, developed by the University of Texas at Austin Japanese Program (although it doesn't appear to be openly licensed).

Library and Information Science

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Here's what's being used in Oregon:

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

Arithmetic for College Students by David Lippman Creative Commons Attribution license

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

Quantitative Reasoning

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

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

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

Calculus For Life Science

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

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

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

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

Math Literacy

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

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

Math Anxiety

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

Statistics and Math for Elementary School Teachers

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

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

Face to Face:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symbolic Algebra Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay College (Michigan):
Math Study Skills:
Basic Algebra:
Intermediate Algebra:
College Algebra: (James Sousa at Phoenix College):  
Over 5000 mini-lessons (all closed captioned) in topics from arithmetic through post calculus (Julie Harland at MiraCosta College):
organized by topic:

YouTube channel, videos not organized by topic:


The grant I worked on, Rx Tennessee, dealt exclusively with healthcare related material. All of Roane State Community College's grant materials can be found on Skills Commons:

The first link that I previously sent out  was very vague and didn’t narrow down the search results.  Here are more specific links:
A Prescription for Training Healthcare Workers in Tennessee (RxTN):
Direct link to RxTN Learning Resources Collections:
Direct link to RxTN Program Support Materials Collection:
We have many useful modules including Transitions to Nursing, Pharmacology for Nursing, Phlebotomy, and a Nursing Academic Bootcamp which features a variety of modules designed to help students with medical terminology and other study skills. There's lots to choose from and I tried my best to make them as accessible as possible. These materials have worked well at our institution. I hope they can be just as useful to you.

One other resource - Carnegie Mellon OLI has a Healthcare IT Foundations course that is licensed CC-BY-NC-SA. I really like this resource because, beyond IT, it covers a range of topics that are covered in many courses like healthcare organizations, professional behaviors, and information privacy. Given the open licensing, it is easy to remix into any course.

shorter duration and the ability for the students to go right into the workforce.
As I mentioned earlier, among the learning materials are medical terminology modules and a nursing math module.

I am searching for nursing OER, more specifically for a perioperative course (surgery). Is anyone familiar with this niche or can guide me to modules, journal articles, text, etc.

This may not be the topics that are needed – but it is very well done:

 Also, Open SUNY has an open textbook on Nursing care at end of life which might be more related to your question earlier this week.

Chapter 13 of the Introduction to Sociology is on aging and the elderly — this is the Canadian version but believe it was adapted from the OpenStax book of the same name.

Also, here is a philosophy course on death from Open Yale University.   Course notes and videos are generally open but sometimes journal articles and other resources are not so best to confirm those details when re-using.


My dean needs me to teach an Introduction to Gerontology course (community college certificate) and I need to get any materials, textbooks, videos, etc. ASAP. I would really like to use OER (or other low cost options). Please help : )

One OR college faculty member is teaching gerontology with library resources as course materials:
Your library may already have access to these texts, or it may be feasible to purchase a multiple simultaneous user license - I recommend checking with a librarian :)

Newborn Pictures

I am looking for open source images for Nursing Department, specifically on newborn assessment images or illustrations.  Does anyone know of a source? 

Some of the places where I find the best pictures.
General pictures:
Medical  pictures (since this is for nursing):
The government sources and pixabay are all (or nearly all) PD.  Wikimedia is all open & free, but there are a few different CC & GNU licenses used, so you need to check.  Flickr has a lot that are open & free; but I think that one also has other license, so check each image (this is my least favorite in the list but sometimes is useful).
Beside the search box from Creative Commons:
I have also made a list for our lecturers with websites with CC license pictures, you can find it on our website under free materials:
Our new library website is just released and it may have some errors for instance: Free materials (CC 0 license) that is not correct. It is not only CC 0 you will find all sort of CC licens


Surgical Nursing
I worked on a grant which provided some learning materials for the role of the surgical technologist:
I don’t know if you would be able to adapt any of these study guides to suit your needs. Perhaps, these materials could be useful or could compliment any textbook that you find.

Here is the site from Central California's TAACCCT grant.
You may need to copy and paste the link instead of clicking on it.


I know this may be a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone knows of OER for an Introduction to Computed Tomography Principles, Patient Care, Sectional Anatomy, and Procedures course.
I’m working with some very open-minded professors who wish to reduce their students’ textbook costs.  Here is a list of course topics:
Basic Principles of Computed Tomography
Computed Tomography Fundamentals
Computed Tomography Equipment and Instrumentation
Computed Tomography Data Acquisition
Computed Tomography Image Reconstruction
Computed Tomography Image Processing
Computed Tomography Patient Care
Computed Tomography Patient Safety
Computed Tomography Neuroimaging
Cross-Sectional Anatomy
Computed Tomography Procedures
Computed Tomography Protocols

This isn't a complete replacement by any means, but a SUNY faculty member just brought this to my attention: National Cancer Institute's SEER Training Modules
It does seem to have case studies that include tomography analysis.


I have an instructor who teaches a class called “Nutrition and Diet Therapy”.  The traditional “nutrition” texts cover some of the material she needs but she also needs the specific topics below.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I did a full search online and couldn’t find anything that covers these topics. 

On another note, I couldn’t find very many nutrition texts at all (other than flatworld and saylor).  Are there other basic nutrition texts that others are using?

14. Illness and Nutrition Care.

15. Medications, Diet-Drug Interactions, and Herbal Supplements.

16. Specialized Nutrition Support: Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition.

17. Foods and Food Consistency for Upper GI Disorders.

18. Fiber-Modified Diets for Lower Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders.

19. Carbohydrate- and Fat-Modified Diets for Malabsorption Disorders.

20. Nutrition Therapy for Liver and Gallbladder Diseases.

21. Carbohydrate-Controlled Diets for Diabetes Mellitus.

22. Fat-Controlled, Mineral-Modified Diets for Cardiovascular Diseases.

23. Protein-, Mineral-, and Fluid-Modified Diets for Kidney Diseases.

24. Energy- and Protein-Modified Diets for Metabolic and Respiratory Stress.

25. Energy- and Protein-Modified Diets for Cancer and HIV Infection.

 I haven't spot-checked this against the list above, which seems much more specific than what we've done. However, here is our work in progress on Nutrition from Pierce College. The faculty have been teaching with it for two quarters and still have some changes to make, but they seem okay with it.



I have a faculty member looking for a textbook for a disabilities class.  She currently uses Educating Exceptional Children by Kirk.  However, this book is very expensive and this faculty person would like an OER alternative.  The name of the class is Disabilities:  Diagnosis and Interventions and here is the description –  “Examines the etiology and symptomology of disabilities, including physical and mental health, modality deficits and language-based learning disabilities.  Students becom familiar with legislation, social policies, diagnosis and treatment, as well as appropriate intervention.”

There may not be a single open book which addresses everything you need, but you may be able to combine this book from BC Campus with journal articles from PubMed or DOAJ.
Here's the book:  Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness

Information Literacy

Would any of you happen to have a textbook for an Information Literacy class that you could recommend?

Some of our instructional librarians use this one for an LSC150 – 1 cr info lit course -

Here is our Information Literacy LibGuide:

There is also this one from Mike Caulfield -


Does anyone know about usable and well-written comprehensive Philosophy resources? A colleague of mine is looking for them, I’m assuming she needs general Philosophy (as opposed to subjects like the Philosophy of…).
Happy to pass along what I'm aware of in the philosophy world--look forward to hearing what others know of, too. 

The Rebus Community is currently developing a very comprehensive Introduction to Philosophy text, if your faculty member wants to be involved in writing new content, as well.

And, shameless plug, let's talk about how we at SUNY OER Services can support you and your faculty at Empire! Feel free to contact me directly.

I have one more to add. One of our philosophy professor here at Lansing CC, Dr. Matthew Van Cleave wrote an open textbook "Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking." It has been adopted by a number of faculty from all over and has good reviews so far. It is really an excellent resource and according to Matt, although there are excellent formal logic textbooks, on the one hand, and halfway decent critical thinking textbooks, on the other, there are really no good textbooks that do both well. 

Hi Antonia, one more to add to the list: 
Critical Thinking: Analysis and Evaluation of Argument
This was developed by a team at Portland Community College. 

I worked with a professor over the summer to create this LibGuide as a text-replacement. A couple of the articles are in the library's databases, but most of this is on the Open Web. She had previously been using the text Archetypes of Wisdom (, so it was comfortable for her to keep with the same format of following a specific Philosopher to explain the concept that they created or emblematized.

Environmental Ethics

A Philosophy faculty member on my campus is looking to move to all openly-licensed materials in her Environmental Ethics course. Does anyone know of an existing OER textbook in this area, or one that's in the works? Of course, she and I can work together to curate a collection of resources. If so, any thoughts on some places to start?

We have an Environmental Science class called “Human Impact on the Environment”, and some of the themes run parallel to your course description.  Although, it’s not a philosophy course, so the resources may not be perfectly aligned, our instructor is using selections from the following two open textbooks, which may be helpful for your needs:
1. Zehnder, Caralyn et. al. "Introduction to Environmental Science" (2016). Biological Sciences Open Textbooks. Book 4.
2. Theis, Tom and Tomkin Johnathan. "Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation"  




Our astronomy prof was impressed by the OpenStax text.  Does anyone already have a curated collection of supporting materials - quiz pools, videos, interactives? 
There are three different places you can check for resources:

On the Astronomy book page, scroll down to “Instructor Resources” .
We have free Powerpoint slides, an Instructor Answer Guide, other sequencing of the course, etc. To gain access to these, the professor will need a faculty-verified account. They can apply here:  Note: It can take up to 3 days, as we do manually verify each faculty member. Once approved, the professor can log-in and download those resources.
Below “Instructor Resources” on the page above, there are “Partner Resources” that list the homework, courseware, clicker, etc. providers who provide services around the book for a small fee (most are $40 or less)
There are also a lot of additional free instructor resources in the OER Commons Hub for the book, including labs and activities. They can get to the hub by clicking on “Community Resources” on the main book page. There’s a wide variety of additional resources faculty who use the book have donated back to OpenStax that are listed on this page. Once the professor creates an account and joins the community, the professor will also be able to download any of these that they’d like.
You may also want to check out the list of supporting materials that were identified through the work of a PCC instructor working with Distance Education to make an online course more accessible. 
This is the page from the conference session:
This is the link to the handout with resources:

See Stars: Making Astronomy Classes Accessible to Visually ...
Physics instructor has worked for a full year with Distance Education's Accessibility team, to make his NASA grant funded, online Astronomy courses (PHY 121, 122 and 

This is the link to the handout with resources:

Electricity and Magnetism

I’m looking for some OER for a 1st year physics course for a course on electricity and magnetism, with a heavy emphasis on circuits for engineering students. 

Try the new open stax text on the subject - I also have materials that I can share
Hi Heather, a few OER that are in use in Oregon community colleges:

Basic Electronics 1: DC Circuit Analysis playlist 
All About Circuits, Vol.1: Direct Current (DC)
LBCC in-house videos

Just ran across this while reading Choice reviews.  I think it requires a login that you get from the book.  Not sure.

Povey, Thomas. Professor Povey's perplexing problems: pre-university physics and maths puzzles with solutionsOneworld2015374p ISBN 9781780747750pbk, $26.99

[CC] Povey (engineering, Univ. of Oxford, UK) collects his favorite "pre-university" problems in math and physics and presents them informally in a welcoming style.  Povey writes that the problems are "devised to encourage curiosity and playfulness."  (Yes, they do.)  He asserts that working through the problems will better prepare precocious students for university study. (Yes, they will.)  For Povey, the desired outcome is confidence in how to reason through problems.  Topics include geometry, statics and dynamics, electricity, gravity, optics, heat, buoyancy, estimation, kinematics, and circular, harmonic, and perpetual motion.  Povey created many of the problems himself; others were gathered from colleagues or are well-known classic problems.  He uses a ranking system of one star for universally approachable to four stars for extremely challenging.  Fictional stories introduce some problems, and for many problems, the author offers useful context—how he was introduced to the problem and why it is important and interesting.  Footnotes provide even more background concerning history and deeper connections to math and physics.  Solutions, which follow each question, are complete and well reasoned, but much can be learned from Povey’s comments, independent of the solutions.  Bonus problems and a puzzle forum are on a companion website, Perplexing Problems: Bringing Maths & Physics to Life( Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; students in two-year programs; researchers/faculty; general readers.

--M. Mounts, Dartmouth College

OpenStax's College Physics book has lots of extras that might be useful.


Abnormal Psychology/ Child Development

Does anyone know of anyone working on an OER for Abnormal Psych or Child Development?  I found one in CCCOER for Abnormal, but the psych faculty felt it was very out of date? 
Lumen Learning - Candela has a lifespan developmental psychology course which covers child development.
Cynthia Lofaso at Central Virginia Community College is my go-to PSY source; she's at . 

Noba has a lot of resources that you could put together to create an Abnormal Psychology text.  For a Child Development text you could use the Lumen one that Mark referenced, and combine it with Noba resources.  I haven’t yet found complete texts for either of these courses, but I will be looking to create or update an Abnormal Psych OER in the near future. 

I am currently working with the Lifespan Development text through Lumen.  It has good information but needs a little work in formatting. 

We have a couple faculty members using a combination of open and licensed library materials for Abnormal Psych. We're using libguides as the base platform. Here's a link:   And here's a link to a document that lists some of the resources that we use for multiple topics.

You might also want to take a look at Dr. Caleb Lack's Abnormal Psychology: An e-text. It is in a wiki format. 

The Abnormal Psych text looks really thorough, but I'm troubled by this statement in the footer:

Contributions to  are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Non-Commercial 3.0 License. Portions not contributed by visitors are Copyright 2016 Tangient LLC.

There are no indications I can see in a quick scan of the text of which portions were contributed and which portions were not contributed. That makes the resource completely unusable. Someone should reach out to them and ask them to clarify what's what on their site.
Just a quick update for anyone following this discussion:

We have modified our libguide for abnormal psychology to share with the OER community. The link to use is ; this version of the guide has been stripped of all licensed library materials. It's also listed in the OER Commons now.

I plan on re-writing my Abnormal and Human  Development as well as my Positive Psych using the NOBA modules.
My Positive, General, and Honors Psych are all OER ...
I use the OpenStax Psychology text for General and Positive and the OpenStax Psychology and a Research in Psychology textbook from BCCampus for my Honors Psych...
Would love to visit with you!

We helped an instructor develop materials for an abnormal psych course using a libguide. He's using a combination of his own content, open materials (NOBA is great!), links to free (but not necessarily openly licensed) content on the web, and library materials (licensed ebooks/articles). Here's a version of the guide which has been stripped of all of our library links.

We have two instructors teaching Abnormal Psych using a libguide with links to variously-licensed materials.  Feel free to copy!

Addiction Studies

We are looking for OER materials for an online Addictions program we are creating. We have done the usual searches and am coming up empty so I am reaching out to the group to see if anyone has any other leads.

I checked with my friend and colleague Rob Morrison who is the executive director of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and he suggested you may want to reach out to Laurie Krom  Laurie runs the coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers   
I noted they have educational resources on the site including some pre-service materials.


Does anyone know of OER for Gerontology/Aging?  I am looking more for texts, not just random modules. I teach Sociology of Aging and Death and Dying. Also, of interest for my program is Introduction to Gerontology and Psychology of Aging.

 An Oregon instructor is using library materials because OER weren't available for her courses:

Human Growth and Development

Here is a link to the book I pieced together for my Human Growth course. We teach using a topical approach .

For a linear approach, Lumen has the following text listed

I did a search for our child development folks and found the books below. I don’t much about them, but there might be something there that is useful.  

This is a neat site overall. This page has a list of free textbooks
Educational Psychology text
this is also customizable with any of the content here:
This seems to be mostly psychology, but some seems to relate to child development
These are free to read online & to download as a pdf but a printed copy costs ~$40 – scroll down the page to see all of them
This isn’t really child development but is a textbook resources for elementary schools. There may be something here that is helpful (or not).
These are free online courses. Sometimes these can be leveraged instead of a textbook, but it can be iffy. Nonetheless, there may be something good here.
There are some Spanish options here but I need to do more research on copyright
Free children’s books.  These just looked like fun J These were collected for my children’s lit and curriculum class (I actually ended up using the gov doc):{%22query%22:{%22query_string%22:{%22query%22:%22early%20literacy%20acquisition%22,%22default_operator%22:%22AND%22}}}#.VR7PGPnF-BY

From NOBA (psych):

From Una Daly:

The California Open Online Library ( has some OER for child growth and development (appropriate for CDEV 110 -- California Common CourseID) along with faculty reviews from California College and University Instructors. The etexts below are mostly chapters from the NOBAPROJECT and the Educational Psychology Textbook has several chapters on childhood growth and development.

eTextbook eTextbook Reviews
Attachment Through the Life Course Amber Hammons, CSU Faculty
Regina Lamourelle, CCC Faculty
Cognitive Development in Childhood Amber Hammons, CSU Faculty
Regina Lamourelle, CCC Faculty
Educational Psychology Amber Hammons, CSU Faculty
Regina Lamourelle, CCC Faculty
Social and Personality Development in Childhood
A couple of other items that I found:

1. Developmental Psychology Open Textbook from African Virtual University:

2. Several online modules on Childhood health and development

3. These are free child development lessons for educational purposes from AAAS but not OER so no adaptations (use as-is).

I have been using a Lumen resource  this semester.  It does need some work. 

Human Sexuality

One of our Psychology instructors developed a Human Sexuality course for our initial OER Pilot Project in the fall of 2015.  She worked with the librarian, Michele Howard ( ) , to find a wide variety of resources on her topics but decided to put the links into Moodle because of their rather "sensitive" nature.  We have been getting inquiries about the course so Michele has moved the resources into a LibGuide.  We licensed the LibGuide CC-BY.  Some of the individual components may have different licenses.  This isn't the Human Sexuality OER textbook  

This is published as "private" so you need the link to get to it. It won't come up in a Google search.

Introductory Psychology

I am working closely with a psych instructor who is planning to convert her entire introductory course to open materials and then share it out to the other psych faculty across our four colleges. She's looked at the OpenStax Introductory Psych text and found the writing a bit dry and some of the chapters lacking (sorry, no offense to OpenStax). Can anyone make recommendations for other textbooks and materials? She's willing to do a mash-up of materials. 

There are several Psychology open textbooks listed through the BCcampus site as well -

This is what's known to be in use at Oregon's colleges: . It's a mix of OpenStax and NOBA.

Multiculturalism and Diversity

Does anyone have a link to OER textbooks or links to pdf’s on topics in multiculturalism and diversity? We have scoured all the normal places but we are coming up empty.

Here is a video we used in diversity training:
Diversity: “Cracking the Codes” ( )
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is a film that asks Americans to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. 
Each of the stories in this playlist of 17 videos has been taken from the film Cracking the Codes. The Conversation Guide is designed to support organizations that are using this film to introduce the concept of systemic inequity to a diverse audience and deepened the conversation on race. 
And see
Links to diversity, multicultural, and inclusion resources:

Psychology of Happiness

Does anyone know of an OER “Psychology of Happiness” course?   If yes, I would appreciate information. 
Hi Donald, there is a "Science of Happiness" course from U.C. Berkeley on edX that you can enrol in for no cost and determine if there are open resources available. It is extremely well reviewed by learners and I often use it as an open(ish) digital design example.

There is an OER textbook for positive psychology, “Tao of Positive Psychology,” on OER commons.  If you would like the original Word file with images in it, feel free to get in touch with me directly, since I wrote the book.  It is also available at cost in print form on, for those students who prefer a print version. (Mark Kelland, Lansing Community College)


Are either of you aware if there is a testbank for Canvas for Intro to Sociology 2e for OpenStax?   It must be a zip file.  Thank you.
There’s a Canvas course cartridge for download on our website:

Substance Abuse

Looking for a few OER on:
Substance Abuse
For substance abuse the US Government is a great source. No, really, I find that they have tons of information that is really good background and most of it is in the public domain. I also really like . It's not an open source, but it is freely available and the Mouse Party is a really cool description of the neurological effects of drugs.

Upper Division

 Here's a "faculty showcase" for an upper division Psych course that used an open etextbook but it's not the OpenStax one.  There might be some topics they can discuss.

Behavior Modification
One of our Psychology instructors will be teaching Behavior Modification, and is interested in replacing the current, expensive text with OERs.  What resources do folks have?  I didn't see anything on Larry's list.  The OpenStax Psych book has a part of one chapter on it.  I don't think that's enough depth. 

Corrie, I know that the NOBA Project has a wealth of OER psych materials – that’s all they do.  Here is a link to a resource page by Rajiv Jhangiani – if it exists in OER PSY, he no doubt knows about it.


I am curious if there is any open resources for a basic science lab.  Not geared toward a specific discipline but rather basic skills, measurements, error analysis, scientific method, etc...   The other class that I think lends itself well to using open resources is General Physical Science.  This class covers astronomy, geology, physics, and chemistry.  I appreciate any help or guidance with this since I am not even sure where to start.
Hi Debbie, you could try searching OER Commons. Here are the lab materials created by Oregon community college faculty:

Sign Language

Does anyone have an OER for online American Sign Language (ASL)? 
Open Course Library has materials for three ASL courses:


A faculty member here is trying to locate materials to support a Spanish for Native Speakers course. Suggestions welcome!
Call up Carl Blyth at COERLL ( ). He heads the center for open educational resources and language learning. He has a few contacts with instructors at the University of Oregon, who are doing great things with OERs in heritage Spanish, aka native speaker Spanish.

Does anyone know of, or use an OER Spanish Textbook?  We have a languages department that is very interested in offering OER materials to students.
Any help is much appreciated.
We aren’t using any at PCC, yet .. But you might want to check out the following resources (not really textbooks --- but maybe workable?)

It isn't a textbook but one of our Spanish instructors recently started using 
Mi Vida Loca for Spanish 101 & 102. Its video course through the BBC. It isn't open but it is free. He is very excited about the transformation in his teaching he's experienced using it. I'll be happy to share his contact information if your department is interested.

There have been a few email strands asking about Spanish texts.  I was doing a search for an instructor and found the ones below.  Most have been brought up in the past, but I think the first 2 may be new to the list.


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please email Larry Green, mathematics professor and OER advocate at Lake Tahoe Community College, at: