Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. OERs have been authored or created by an individual or organization using a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted and shared. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation. For students, OERs offer free access to some of the world’s best courses and educational content. They can also offer huge cost savings as alternatives to expensive textbooks.


On the right side of your screen you will see an image of a new e-text developed by William Meinke at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Click the image to view it online or, once on the e-text landing page, download in a variety of readable formats.

Below you will find links to valuable resources and information about OERs and how you can begin using them within your teaching practice. If you have any questions about OERs, please email


The Mason OER Metafinder helps you find Open Educational Resources.  Unlike other stand-alone OER repositories (e.g, OER Commons, OASIS, MERLOT, OpenStax, etc.), the George Mason OER Metafinder performs a simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials.  Because it is a real-time, federated search, it can take a bit longer than searches of pre-indexed, curated content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target.  Additional results will continue to trickle in as the search continues running and you begin examining your results.

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