Open Education is a collection of practices and principles that encourage collaboration among educators to create educational resources that can be freely shared and distributed for learning and further collaboration.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.
Open Education Courses
MIT OCW is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
Open Yale courses provide free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
ALISON is the world's leading free online learning resource for basic and essential workplace skills. ALISON provides high-quality, engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning.
OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.
EdX is a non-profit created by founding partners Harvard and MIT. It's bringing the best of higher education to students around the world. EdX offers MOOCs and interactive online classes in subjects including law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence (AI).
Portals & Gateways
Open Access Textbooks
OpenStax College offers free online textbooks (and low-cost print versions) for common introductory university-level courses. The books are developed and peer-reviewed by educators and are also customizable to the course needs. OpenStax is a non-profit organization initiated by Rice University and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.
Flat World Knowledge
Flat World Knowledge offers free online textbooks that may also be downloaded for an extra fee. Instructors can modify the books for their courses or write their own to offer through the service.
Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing open-content textbooks that anyone can edit by clicking on the edit link that appears near the top of each Wikibooks page. Contributors maintain the property rights to their contributions, while the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License and the GNU Free Documentation License makes sure that the submitted version and its derivative works will always remain freely distributable and reproducible.
Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. The site wants to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you'll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.
Open Education Resources
Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of the classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of the classes, you'll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you.
OER Africa is a ground-breaking initiative established by the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide).
MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, cataloged by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of their resources are available to anyone (student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
The mission of audacity is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. They believe that higher education is a basic human right, and we seek to empower our students to advance their education and careers.
TU Delft Open Course ware
Open Education Matters
Why is it important to share content?