Open Educational Resources Community of Learning

Module 2: OER Repositories

Here are three examples of repositories that you can use to find OER materials. Using these sources can be advantageous due to peer reviews and rating scales that allow you to quickly evaluate some sources based on past perceptions and usage. ​

Also, these repositories have curated and organized their materials in various categories including discipline, format, and open license. 


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OER Commons - the go-to repository if you are looking for supplementary resources from lesson plans to full courses. Due to the amount of material in OER Commons, they provide many options for limiting and filtering your searches such as discipline, material type of OER, format, education level, and more. Use their Advanced Search features to your advantage to fine-tune your results.



MERLOT - provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners, and researchers. Like OER Commons, it is a go-to resource for supplementary resources. MERLOT also has an ISBN search feature. By using an ISBN, you can find MERLOT Open Educational Resources (OER) that can be used to supplement textbooks. This allows you to find open courses, journal articles, other texts, and other learning materials that you can use to complement textbooks that you might consider adopting for your courses.


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SkillsCommons - is a comprehensive collection of workforce-related Open Educational Resources (OER) created by more than 700 community colleges across the US. Created by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, SkillsCommons contains free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.