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Open Educational Resources: Find/Gather/Select

This guide is designed as a tool kit for engaging with various aspects of OERs - from finding to distributing open educational materials.

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Engaging with OERs can be daunting at first because there are so many resources and so much potential. Where do you start? One of the best ways to start engaging with OERs is to explore.  Try searching  over 15 OER repositories - including including MERLOT II, OER Commons, OpenStax CNX, Hathitrust, and Project Gutenberg - using the Mason OER Metafinder:



Below are additional resources for finding OERs.

Contact the OER team

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If you have any questions related to Open Educational Resources. Please contact the OER Team.

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Found a resource you would like to see on the OER guides? Please e-mail the OER Specialist.

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Still don't like what you find?

Did you know you can program your own search?  Try Google's Programmable Search Engine


Wikipedia's is a good place to search for open software lists.  Below are some highlights:


The selection process is iterative and can have multiple stages.  Three typical stages are:

  • Creating a list - What will you include on your list?
    • What are the course's teaching and learning outcomes?
    • What is the subject, language, date, purpose, format (textbook, ancillary, software), licensing needs, or other desired aspects?
  • Selecting Sources - Does the item's quality or suitability align with your needs?  Use one of the rubrics below (or create your own) to rate or rank each item you include on your list.
  • Revising the list - What do items will you eliminate from the list? 
    • Will the ease of modifying the source effect your choice?
    • Is licensing compatible with your need?  see CC License Compatibility Chart.
    • Are the remaining items still relevant or do you need to start the process of locating replacements for eliminated items?