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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work.

How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.



Please note that the links listed below are being provided as a convenience and are for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement and/or an approval by the Pittsylvania County Public Library of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.


OER Commons Home Page

Chronicling America – Historic American Newspapers

Encyclopedia of Life

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Khan Academy

Public Library of Science

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Applied Math and Science Education Repository

Discipline Specific OER from Virginia Tech


Digital Learn

Open and Free courses from Carnegie Mellon University

Creative Commons Search

Guide to the Public Domain