Open Educational Resources Used in Various Colleges and Universities

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Cultural Anthropology

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

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

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

Physical Anthropology

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

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

The Arts

Art Appreciation

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

I have an instructor using smarthistory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Open University might have some useful material for you:


Dance Appreciation

I’m looking for anything for dance appreciation

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

Digital Arts

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

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

Interior Design

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the bottom of my  I made a Google search box that includes a lot of OER websites I commonly use. From a search I saw a lot in Merlot.
Example resulting links:
II. Representation in Cinema
9. Women in Cinema
10. African Americans in Cinema   (not all OER)
 ... One of the Merlot results went to


Graphic Arts

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

Hi Neil, would this one work?

Introduction to Art

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

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

Modern Art

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

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

Music Appreciation

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

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

Music Fundamentals

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

Hi Kristin, was it this?

Music of the World

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

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

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

Music Theory

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

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

Music History

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Photo Editing Software

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

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

Best Free Creative Cloud Alternatives< >

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


  *   RawTherapee   < >
  *   darktable  <  >


  *   GIMP < >


  *   Inkscape < >

After Effects

  *   Blender  < >


  *   Scribus < >

Premiere Pro

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


  *   Audacity < >


  *   Synfig Studio < >

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

Another Photo editor is

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

YUP!  Still do.

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

Image Editing

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

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

SVG Editor


Page Layout
Scribus replacement for InDesign

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

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

Davinci Resolve 16
Hitfilm Express
Avid Media Composer


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

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

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

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

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

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

Oops, here is a better link

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

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

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

 Visual Literacy

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



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

 Anatomy & Physiology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Josh Halpern
Dissemination Team Chair

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

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

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

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

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


lab materials for assignments:  

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

Biological Psychology

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Cancer Biology

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Try  for up to date info on Genetics and Cell Biology


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


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

A search of MERLOT yielded:

Human Biology

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

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

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

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

Lab Books

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

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

Here is the link and description:  

Link to the BCC Bioscience Image Library:

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

About the Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here you go

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

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

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

Marine Biology

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

Medical Terminology and Medical Images

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

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

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



There is a microbiology from OpenStax.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


Can anyone recommend a quality site for  teaching photosynthesis?

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


Virtual Simulation Labs

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

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

Try Phet
HHMI Biointeractive virtual labs

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Business Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business and Professional Writing

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

How about these two books? They get great reviews!

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

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

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

Business and Information Technology

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

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

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

Corporate Training

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Hotel and Tourism Business

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

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

International Trade / International Institutions

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

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

Intro to Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Microsoft Applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Finance

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

Our personal finance instructor uses:

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


Retail Management

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

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

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

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

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

We are currently using this textbook:

Retailing: Integrated Retail Management, 2nd edition

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

Savings and Investment

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

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

Store Operations

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

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


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

Also, various people have started sharing ancillaries here:

You might also try ChemWiki for ancillaries:

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

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

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

Any OER chemistry sources for my community college instructor?

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

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

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

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

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

Any OER chemistry sources for my community college instructor?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organic Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nonverbal Communications

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

Public Speaking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visual Communication

We have an instructor looking for a text for Visual Communication 

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

Computer and Information Science


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

Computer Concepts and Applications

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

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

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

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

Thank you! 
Scott Davis 
OER coordinator, Coastline 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Literacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excel for Mac Users

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


Introduction to Computer Systems

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

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

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

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

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

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


Criminal Justice and Law


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

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

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

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

Criminal Justice

We have one CJ text in our collection at BCcampus:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skills Commons has a number of resources in this field:

Cullinary Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carpentry and Construction

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

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

Electrical Trade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Syllabus for a course at LB that uses Learning Express Library materials for a CMA course
- Health Case Studies
- Improving Understanding and Collaboration Among First Responders
- Wikibook for EMT Basics:
- Emergency responder open courses in MERLOT: 
- Life in the Fast Lane FOAM site
- Academic Life in Emergency Medicine
- FOAM and Critical Care
Food Science
I have an instructor that is looking for a textbook on industrial food science and technology, not culinary. Any suggestions?
This is worth a look, though it might not be exactly on-point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Logistics, Transportation and Distribution

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

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

Manufacturing Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medical Assisting

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

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

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

Medical Office Procedures

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

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

Medical Terminology

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

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

Office Technology

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

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

Open Pedagogy at Polytechnics

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

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


Picture Archiving and Communication System

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

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

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

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

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

Unsplash has some nice options:   

Regenerative Agriculture

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

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

Veterinary Technology

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


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

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

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

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

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

World Class Manufacturing

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

WISC-ONLINE has a variety on online learning objects


College Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career and Life Planning
Student Success


Critical Thinking

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

Early Childhood Education

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

Here is a response from Jennifer Paris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a great one from College of the Canyons. 

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

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

Instructional Design

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

Introduction to Education

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

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

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


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

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

Open Education

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

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

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

Special Education

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

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

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


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:

Teaching Professions

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

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


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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does anyone know of any OER specifically for engineering programs?

LIbreTexts and MERLOT both have engineering discipline groups:
You will find a lot of OER engineering materials there,


Electrical Engineering Technology

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

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

Material Science

I am working with a professor who is very interested in using an open textbook for her Introduction to Material Sciences class. I have combed through many OER and OA directories, repositories, and websites but have not found anything that fits her course needs. I am wondering if anyone is aware of any textbooks in development.
She is also looking for an introductory materials science textbook in Arabic.

We have a Material Sciences chapter in our OER by Discipline Directory.

 This may be of useful. We have been harvesting University of Cambridge TLP content into our Engineering library for this purpose:
These modules are supplemented by about 30-40 Materials Sci modules created as part of several Open Pedagogy projects facilitated by the LibreTexts at UC Davis. We have several faculty interested in this field  in our fold. Let me know if you need any help in putting together a proper OER text.  All LibreTexts content is remixible as OER should be.

Related to this, a colleague is asking for OERs in Introduction to Engineering, or Introduction to Engineering Technology. (We're a two-year school.)  I remember looking a couple of years ago and not finding much.  

We have bits and pieces spread over 16,719 pages of OER content on our Engineering library (  )
 that can be rapidly remixed into a general engineering text (using our Remixer) depending on the level of complexity you desire.
Also, while we haven't formally announced our new K12 library,
but we are hosting Ck-12's high school engineering text ( as a basic presentation.   



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

I’m working with an instructor new to OER who is seeking an OER (or perhaps several) that addresses these areas:
-writing essays about poetry, drama and literary fiction
-applying techniques and schools of literary criticism (feminist, Marxist, critical race theory—these are just examples) to writing essays

Might be of use--here is a playlist of videos (with CC licenses) that I've made around using writing/reading literature:   
Critical Thinking
I’m assisting an English faculty member looking for an OER alternative for From Critical Thinking to Argument.
We’ve looked at How Arguments Work, Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature and a handful of others
 but the content coverage isn’t what they’re looking for. (For what it’s worth, the initial test they use is to look for the terms "ethos," "post hoc" and "Toulmin.”)
 If you have suggestions please send them my way.

This is by far the best text I have found which actually teaches Toulmin logic and argument.  They are rare, so I’m glad you reached out.  It covers the appeals and logical fallacies as well, so should meet your faculty’s criteria.  I hope this helps.
Critical Thinking
These are things Oregon’s WR122 course focuses on,
so you might check the OpenOregon website for what other faculty are using as well.

You likely know this, but just in case. There are many pages on the LibreTexts other than those two books.
If you do a search for those three terms, you find several dozen pages on the Humanities library that are likely relevant for your search
 (this is one powerful aspect of meta-tagging at the page-level of multiple OER texts within a centralized platform like ours).

If a specific collection of pages (e.g., premade textbook) doesn't do it for you, we can help construct a customized text using these pages.
If one follows the organization of your original source book, then we call that remix a textbook map and there are best practices we can provide you.
An alternative is what Los Rios CC district, a member of our growing LibreNet consortium, is doing with us.
They are using faculty to build Course Reports (aka Remixing Maps) that student remixers on our side will make into a reality (see ).

I am the author of one of the books you mention, How Arguments Work, and also the English Discipline Lead for the ASCCC OER Initiative.
I know of one other OER textbook besides mine that covers the English C-ID 105 curriculum in rhetoric:
 Informed Arguments:  A Guide to Writing and Research.  I would love to see more OER options in the field.
I also wonder if your faculty member would be willing to take another look at How Arguments Work.
I have taken the student-centered, equity-minded approach of using everyday terms rather than technical rhetorical vocabulary whenever possible.  
My book does cover the concepts they mention extensively but scarcely mentions the terms
 "ethos," "Toulmin," or "post hoc." Toulmin argumentation is covered in Chapter 2: Reading to Figure out the Argument,
which describes argument mapping, and Section 4.4, which talks about warrants using the term "assumptions."  
Section 4.5 gives a taxonomy of fallacies, including what I call doubtful cause (though I just updated that to put post hoc ergo propter hoc in parentheses.)
Another advantage of How Arguments Work is that we offer Canvas ancillary resources like self-grading quizzes and essay assignments.  
A search on Canvas Commons for How Arguments Work will turn up a course shell with all of these.
It would be great if you invited your faculty member to email me with any questions or feedback about how my book covers rhetorical principles.  
I am currently looking for collaborators to work on adding to it this summer if they are interested.
Anna Mills

English 101: 

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

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

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

Database for older public domain literature project

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

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

I want to add more Latinx writers to my reading list for Engl 101. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find OER essays or articles  by Latinx writers?

 If your library or state subscribes to EBSCO Academic, JSTOR or other databases that have fulltext magazine articles, you could search for favorite writers that have published essays in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, or others.  Then you can link to those essays in your learning management system. Your library or state has already paid for you to have access to these writings so you might as well use them with your students!
   As an example, I searched for the author, Isabel Allende. Among other places, she has fulltext articles in Good Housekeeping, the Journal of Modern Literature, and the New York Times Magazine. I also found short stories and poems by Allende and others published in literary magazines and in fulltext in the databases.
   These may not be OER examples but they are “free” through your library!

It's kind of tricky sometimes to identify essays by Latinx writers if they are writing about topics unrelated to culture or race.  
There's one in 88 Open Essays (#32 by Linda González.)  You might try The Conversation and Yes!.  The essays on both sites have CC licenses.

Contemporary Short Stories

Search on behalf of a colleague. They're looking for:
> Short prose (fiction or non), preferably 21st century, outside of the mainstream cishet white Euro-American experience.
Nonwhite writers, LBGTQIA writers, immigrants & refugees, indigenous writers, work from around the globe and from ignored and/or oppressed minorities anywhere.
I'm decolonizing a short-stories class, making it intentionally global and intersectional, and I'll take anything for which I can document a source!
The course is a rebuild of a previous "Contemporary Short Stories" class.
The description reads: "Short Reads 21st-century stories and other short writings from around the world, with a focus on current social, cultural, and global issues."
 The instructor is hoping to cast a pretty broad net, emphasizing a broad diversity of lived experience with some teachable examples of the basic elements of literature.

Portland Community College developed short story workbooks for ESOL students that may have relevant content:

Critical Reading and Writing

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

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

Diversity and Inclusion

The English faculty at my college are working on their COR for transfer English, and they are looking to include OER “rhetorics or readers
 that have been compiled/edited/written by a person of color or someone of diverse perspective/voice.”
I steered them towards 88 Open Essays. Anything else out there that fits this description?

A resource faculty at Skyline College have identified is My Slipper Floated Away (2020, CUNY, CC-BY-NC-ND)

English of Academic Purposes

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

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

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

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

Ethical Research

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

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

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

Here's the link -

Fairy Tales

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Identity Related Readings

I have an English professor seeking OER-related nonfiction articles related to identity issues. Any ideas? I know we can also use library database articles as no-cost which would also work but other sources would be helpful to help her build a better unit for argumentation.  

88 Open Essays has six articles on identity.  Search using #selfdiscovery.   There are many excellent articles in The Conversation and YES! magazine that are openly-licensed and often address issues of identity.

Columbus State Community College recently dumped the Norton Anthology for all Comp I and II courses in favor of a LibGuide with linked readings.  We have an identity page in our guide:

Life of an Amorous Woman

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

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

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


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

There is a title on BC Campus that might work:

Another option could be

Wikibooks Linguistics



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recently I had an English Writing and Literature professor ask me about OERs for English literature courses focusing on contemporary, modern works. Might anyone have any ideas?

An OASIS search on Literature turns up a rather large selection:
Modern literature is all more than likely going to be clearly under copyright, and the amounts needed for a literature course likely far exceed what any judge would agree is fair use (remember, fair use is a legal defense, not an affirmative right).  But it may well be that someone has already gone to the effort of getting permission for specific uses.  
Proceed carefully, as the reproduction rights may be different for each work.  

If a campus has robust, archival periodical subscriptions, it would be possible to create an OER alternative by having the literature readings be links to short stories, poems and essays published first in magazines and journals. Flannery O’Connor, Robert Frost and many other great fiction writers and poets published their writings first in literary magazines and it would be possible to link to those writings if a campus has the library holdings.

An instructor is looking for materials on Women in Literature, that would be comparable to The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women:  The Traditions in English (3rd edition, volume 2) (2007) by S. Gilbert and S. Gubar (ISBN 978-0393930146).
Since we have transitioned to online courses, she apparently needs to start using Lumen Learning's courseware, but they don't appear to have one specifically for her needs.
I have done some preliminary searching, but would like to see if anything else may be available. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

It looks like a lot of the contents of that Norton anthology are pre-1924 and therefore in the public domain. Project Gutenberg is a good place to start a search for those works:
Robin DeRosa's anthology is a great example of assigning students to fill in the contextual material to support the primary sources:
For work that is currently under copyright, I recommend working with a librarian to find out what you may have access to via your databases.

In case it's helpful, I shared your note with my stepmother (who has a forthcoming CC licensed book on 19th Century novelist, Catharine Sedgwick), and she wrote the following note pasted below. Omeka.Net website content is CC BY NC licensed, by the way.
"My book project is on hold, alas, but I highly recommend the growing website archive of Catharine Sedgwick's Short Stories that Prof. Deborah Gussman is leading (I'm one of the co-editors).
A couple of Sedgwick's short stories have appeared in earlier editions of the Norton Anthology--recently the NAAL has just published excerpts from her best-known novel. Using these stories would work well for the research and contextualizing assignment mentioned in one of the two emails you forwarded. I've used her stories frequently in my first- and second-year writing courses (What in the story needs an explanatory note? How do you create a useful one?, etc.)"

If you have access to JSTOR or other magazine archives, many stories by Flannery O'Connor and other authors were originally published in literary magazines such as the "New Yorker" or the "Sewanee Review" which may be available in fulltext even if they are not yet in public domain. You could then link to them from your campus learning management system.

ProQuest’s Literature Online database also includes primary texts and could provide access to works by women.

I found the Table of Contents for the anthology in question available here: . I did a quick scan and would venture a rough estimate that only around 1/3 of the texts included in that edition of the anthology would have been published in 1924 or before and would now reside in the public domain. It would be possible to produce an open access anthology replacement for these works, but much more difficult to do so for the other works, as many, if not all of them, would still be under copyright.

If an open anthology for the pre-1923 work is of interest, you may want to begin by speaking with people who have led or coordinated similar projects (i.e. Robin DeRosa, Tim Robbins, Julie Ward, folks at Rebus Community: , + ).

Besides 88 Open Essays and Lumen's Thematic Reading Anthology, is anyone aware of an open textbook that is an anthology of readings from a variety of genres, bonus if it is both fiction and non-fiction? One of our English Composition II faculty is looking to do a textbook replacement (as opposed to curating readings which the other faculty have done) for her course. Currently the course uses Arguing about Literature which mixes literary and non-literary readings in thematic organization. An Intro to Literature or other literary genre anthology would not be appropriate in this case as it is not a literature class, but rather a composition class that uses literature as the basis of most readings (it's a weird structure).

Hi Megan: My Creative Writing textbook might have pieces that work = .  SO SORRY! I should’ve clarified; the textbook is called _Write or Left_.

Music (writing about)

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

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

Hello! Here are 2 resources:

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


Does anybody know of a repository of modern OER novels that might be appropriate for an American Literature or International Literature course? I have a faculty member who is teaching those courses who would like to use OER novels which might be of interest to students. They are already aware of public domain classics and wants something that students “might actually find interesting.”
I already thought of Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Amazon Free eBooks, and Barnes & Noble Free eBooks.
If anybody could maybe provide me with even just a website that has a list of authors (Cory Doctorow was the only one I knew of), I would deeply appreciate the help.

If your library has a subscription to JSTOR or another magazine database that goes back in time, even EBSCO Academic Search,  the New Yorker, Sewanee Review, and other literary magazines publish short stories and poems that are in fulltext. A few might even have a few serialized novels. I was able to find Flannery O’Connor short stories, for instance. They may not be OER but they would be free to access.

You might try
I see there are some novels there. But I haven’t read any of them. Still, worth a shot!

We offer The Internet Archive "Open Library" on our library website, having contemplated joining the organization then accepting their new open access during the pandemic.
Although not specifically an OER website, OER options are offered, depending on the book.  Cory Doctorow is well represented, for instance.  Check here:


- What I initially sent to the instructor: 

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

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

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

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

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

But wait, there's more...

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does anyone know of an open textbook on Academic English for Bilingual Students? 
 Read Faster, Understand More: Advanced Academic Reading Skills for English Language Learners, Compiled by Timothy Krause
I was wondering if anyone can share suggestions for ESL OER material?

Here are a few:
Citizenship Resources - US Immigration Services
Beginning Level - Citizenship Activities
Open Oregon ESL Resources  = This helped me IMMENSELY with my writing classes; I think it could be useful for all instructors.

Technical Writing

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

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

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

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

They Say/I Say

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

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

Writing the Research Paper

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

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

Check out the Excelsior OWL (

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

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

Environmental Science


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

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

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

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

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

I have an instructor who is looking for OER - an open textbook for Environmental Health. This course is part of Public Health associate degree program.

You will find many of these topics in our environmental chemistry section: 


Earth Science

I'm wondering if anyone knows of Earth Science courses at community colleges? I'm not looking necessarily for materials -- I've found some. I'm looking for people who are happily using OER I might be able to connect our faculty with.
I know just such a person, Eryn Klosko:
Eryn's OER courses (including Earth Science) are very impressive. Tell her Elaine Farrally-Plourde sent you...

 You should talk to the people at SERC
The Science Education Resource Center is a grant-funded office at Carleton College, founded to improve education in the Earth sciences and beyond.
Today we are a team of 14 educators, researchers and technical specialists who have worked with over 100 award winning education projects across the STEM disciplines and allied fields.
Engaging participants from more than 1,000 institutions of higher education, as well as K-12 curriculum developers and teachers,
we have created one of the world's largest collections of pedagogic resources.
In collaboration with instructors, institutions and national organizations.


Environmental Conservation

Is anyone aware off resources available for Environmental Conservation?

Colby Moorberg from Kansas State University recently published Soil and Water Conservation, An Annotated Bibliography.

We have been collecting some OER resources on our platform that may be useful:
All ready for easy remixing/editing for customized text/course generation.

Environmental Law

I'm looking for OER in the area of undergraduate environmental law.  I've searched Open Textbook Library, OER Commons, OASIS, Merlot, CNX, and general open web search.   Ideas?

Have you tried CALI? They have a collection of OER at

I know you already searched this but I've had good luck finding legal textbooks on . Sometimes it takes a little digging to find the content.
I did find:
I also found this website:  which has some OER textbooks on specific topics which could possibly be remixed.


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

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

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

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

If anyone can help, I have a colleague looking for collaborators to author/remix OER on environmental sustainablity:

As you likely know, the Libretexts has  a section on Environmental Engineering that four texts have been integrated:
I presume this is a good starting point for remixing. I have dreams for this topic to expand enough to be an independent library in our LibreVerse. If you colleague fancies a chat about how to use our platform and existing content effectively, feel free to share my contact info.

Andrew Millison wrote an OER Intro to Permaculture that might be useful for you:

Water Quality Monitoring

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

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


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

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

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

our French instructors are using Liberte:

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


Cultural Geography

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

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


Physical Geography

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

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

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

World Geography

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

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

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

Thanks, Barbara! 

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


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

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

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

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

Weather and Climate

Help! I have an instructor who is looking for Physical Geography and Weather and Climate. Any suggestions?

Here's what I have from a survey of California Community College faculty - the data were never compiled.  (The Physical Environment) (Identified by multiple respondents)  (Fundamentals of Physical Geography)

Physical Geog- search online for Michael Ritter’s The Physical Environment. It was free but copyrighted. He recently changed the license to OER. Also check out Adam Dastrup’s website: Dastrup is using Pressbooks and they look empty initially because he didn’t write intros, but use the TOC and you’ll find great content. Not sure about weather & climate.

Yes, I have three chapters related to the atmosphere, weather, and climate as part of my Introduction to Physical Geography OER textbook. Yes, I need to add info in the introduction, but I’ve been too focused on the main chapters right now.  Feel free to use these any way you need, including the embedded videos and links to other sources.
Chapter 9: The Atmosphere
Chapter 10: Weather Processes and Systems
Chapter 11: Global Climates and Change

Instructors in Oregon are using a combination of previously shared and original content for Physical Geography:
I know of one open meteorology course being taught:
For climate change, instructors are using library ebooks.

In addition to all the great resources mentioned previously, I would like to mention that we just integrated Brune's Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science text into our Geosciences library and is ready for easy remixing.
It may be a more more advanced than you are looking for, but can be edited/customized like all our content.


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

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

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

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

Our Physical Geology book is quite good and widely used:



I have an instructor developing an exam for our school's EMT program.  He is asking if there are any open licensed test banks for
1) classic "logic puzzle" questions (so not necessary health-related)
2) dosage/ unit conversion/ fraction & decimal questions using health scenarios (EMT, ultrasound, nursing fields, etc.)
I've checked my usual locations (eCampus Ontario, BCcampus, OpenOregon, Merlot, OERCommons) with little success, so any leads would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Jessica, I was just looking at nursing-related OER for a faculty member. The one that I usually forget to check is Wisc-Online's learning object collection:

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 Law and Ethics

Our faculty are currently using Lewis, A.L., Tamparo, C.D., Tatro, B.M.. (2012) Medical Law, Ethics, & Bioethics for the Health Professions, 7th, F.A.Davis book.
 They would like to know if there is an OER textbook with which they could replace it.  
It is used for our Medical Law and Ethics course for medical assistants.  We appreciate any assistance you could provide.

Here's a link to an openly licensed syllabus showing how this course is taught at Linn-Benton Community College:

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.

I see that Washetenaw Community College has many resources for OER but is there a text out there for Medical Terminology that is OER?
Our faculty here are interested in making our Med Term class an OER class.  Thank you!

In March of 2018, these links were shared to the cccoer list:
I shared them with our Med Terms course coordinator, but things didn't really go anywhere after that.

I see that Washetenaw Community College has many resources for OER but is there a text out there for Medical Terminology that is OER?

Check what we have listed at
WCC medical terminology class does not currently use an OER.   

Pharmacology Nursing

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

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


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

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

You could check out the materials created at PCC:


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

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

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

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

I am looking for OER text that covers African American History.
I searched the usual places and cannot find anything except for links to other sources. I am looking for a ebook that can replace a textbook.

Our Skyline history professor Christopher Collins just completed compiling an OER reader using resources from Lumen & American Yawp, Boundless, & OpenStax US History.
Please see African American History, HIST 244 OER Reader for a downloadable Word doc.
There is the possibility of this course being shared through Canvas Commons, too. Please reach out to history professor Christopher Collins at  for more information.

Art History

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

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


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

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

It’s included in the great MERLOT list but the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s open access program has an incredible amount of materials that would be perfect for Art History I and II.
Open Access Images []