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TED talks

TED provides over 1700 inspiring talks. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Bono, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.

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Like YouTube, Vimeo hosts millions of Creative Commons-licensed videos. In addition, Vimeo provides a separate Creative Commons licensed video collection which makes the filtering process much easier.


There are numerous openly available videos in various disciplines and we want to help you locate them. SBCTC has identified the sites that provide high quality open videos and they have been broken down to help you choose those that best fit your needs.

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YouTube provides millions of Creative Commons-licensed videos (among their billions of video collections). The key is filtering them to isolate the Creative Commons-licensed ones.

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JHSPH Open provides 110 courses in Health and Medical areas, such as adolescent health, aging, behavior, occupational health, biostatistics, cancer, chronic diseases, public health, health policy, HIV, infectious disease, injury prevention, malaria, maternal health, nutrition, and mental health.

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The MERLOT Collection is made up of over 40,000 materials in 19 different material type categories and growing.

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MIT Open Courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare features the materials from 2,015 MIT courses. Many courses provide video lectures and actual recordings of MIT classrooms.

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OER Commons

OER Commons has forged alliances with over 500 major content partners. Users can search across over 42,000 vetted and fully-indexed OER ensuring a high level of resource relevancy and discovery.

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Open Course Library

Open Course Library (OCL) offers collections of course materials that cost $30 or less for our 81 highest enrolled courses. OCL leverages open educational resources (OER) that can be used, adapted and shared for free as well as low-cost publisher materials.

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Open Education Consortium

Open Education Consortium is NOT a content provider. Instead, they search available open educational materials and provide the links. It is probably the most comprehensive and accurate OER search engine out there. They are currently tracking 25,083 courses from 79 content providers

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Open Learning Initiative

Through the embedded assessments in every instructional activity, Open Learning Initiative (OLI) courses collect student activity data. The data makes possible corrections, suggestions, and cues that are tailored to the individual students’ current performance.

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Open Yale courses

Open Yale Courses features the video lectures of 42 renowned courses that are being taught at Yale. Each course includes a full set of video lectures accompanied by other course materials such as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets.

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Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy provides perfectly unified 317 courses with proven quality. They display and organize courses based on the scope and level. They also adopted about 100 open textbooks and provide them via their Bookshelf. They are well organized and easy to download.

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WAMAP is a web based mathematics assessment and course management platform, primarily used for online homework. Its use is provided free to Washington State public educational institution students and instructors.

Course Materials

There are countless openly available course materials in a variety of disciplines if you know where to locate them. SBCTC has vetted the sites that provide the best quality open course materials, such as assessments, syllabi, readings, and lectures. These resources have been assembled to help you choose what best fit your needs.

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Webcast.berkeley provides hundreds of video/audio recordings of class lectures and special events. They are either the recordings of the real classroom lectures or the slideshows with narration.

Image Resources

With the large number of  open images available you should have them at your fingertips! SBCTC has identified the places that provide quality open images and we’ve broken them down to help you choose those that best fit your needs.

Textbook Resources

We understand that there are numerous openly available textbooks in various disciplines that are either completely free or offered at very low prices. We also realize that it can be overwhelming to locate those that are just the right fit for your needs. SBCTC has identified the sites that provide high quality open textbooks and they’ve been broken down by unique traits to make the search a little smoother.

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Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository that is completely dedicated to providing educational media that are released either in the public domain or under Creative Commons license.

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Wikibooks may not look as fancy other open books providers but it is truly a community effort. Authors voluntarily start the book writing project, and readers can nominate them to be “featured books.”

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Washington 45

The Washington 45 are “courses selected from within the general education categories… at a public community, technical, four-year college or university in Washington state that will be able to transfer and apply a maximum of 45 quarter credits toward general education requirement(s)

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Open Textbook Store

It calls itself a “Store,” but they are not a publisher. Open TextBook Store provides freely and openly available math textbooks created by Washington CTC faculty.

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Open Textbook Library

These textbooks have proven quality and have been already used in classes at a huge number of universities and colleges. All textbooks are completely open with no strings attached.

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Open Stax College

Possibly the most widely adopted open textbook repository for higher education (Nearly 500 universities and colleges have adopted one of Openstax textbooks).

Find Resources

Find OER If you haven’t discovered already, there are myriad open resources that exist. Often the trouble lies in locating those that fit …