Open Educational Resources


Are you interested in creating your own open source textbook? There are number of campus resources to help you get started:

Step 1: Consult with your Campus Librarian on Copyright and Open Access issues. Understanding Creative Commons (CC) Licensing will help you to better use OER materials.

Step 2: Explore resources to help you produce your work. There may be grants or other incentives available at the institution to assist you in the creation of work. Contact our Alamo Colleges OER Coordinator for more information.

Step 3: Explore products and services to help you combine material into one single course-specific textbook. For example: iTunesU, Canvas Commons, Open Author will let you combine text, pictures, sound, files and videos.




"Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities." Creative Commons


Searching for Open Education Resources can be challenging due to the abundance of OER material available all across the globe. Here are some useful links to get started:

Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Canvas Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with other users as well as import learning resources into a Canvas course. 


A variety of free online courses.

iTunes U

Free online courses from many institutions around the globe.

Khan Academy

Not for profit educational organization.

Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)

Free and open peer-reviewed collection of online learning materials.

OER Commons

A large collection of OER materials categorized by subject area and material type.

Open Textbook Library

Searchable collection of several open textbooks.  Many of them have been peer reviewed.


Offers several college-level textbooks.  All are peer-reviewed textbooks written by professional content developers.

Open Learning Initiative

Free online courses and materials by Carnegie Mellon University.


Has several open textbook collections.

The Teaching Commons

Features OER material from several colleges and universities.  Content includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia and more.  Curated by librarians and their institutions.

Wikipedia Commons

A media file repository for public domain and freely licensed educational media content.


Openly Available Sources Integrated Search.

Do you know of other great resources? If so, please email your suggestions to our OER Task Force – Dr. Sean Duffy – or (210) 486-1712.


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