Open Educational Resources
Not all course content necessarily needs to be developed from scratch. There are many sources that provide relevant and valid content that you may either link to or import into Blackboard.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media. OER may be an individual module or learning object or entire courses or textbooks.
Replacing textbooks with OER can significantly reduce the cost of attending college for UIS students. Learn about UIS’s OER initiatives.
UIS OER Resources
- UIS Brookens Library OER Resources
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- eText at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Digital textbook platform at UIUC. Accessible, multimedia textbooks can be developed and adopted by UIS faculty.
Sites to Search for Open Education Resources
“A place to view and share education material made of small knowledge chunks call modules”
A free resource with links to online learning materials, peer reviews, and assignments. Designed primarily for higher education.
- Federal Resource for Educational Excellence
“Teaching and learning resources from federal agencies”
- Wisconsin Online Learning Object Repository
“A digital library of Web-based learning resources called learning objects”
- Gateway to 21st Century Skills
Comprehensive resources for lesson planning. Designed for K-12 teachers.
- Virtual Library Museums Pages
“A comprehensive directory of on-line museums and museum-related resources”
- Virtual Labs and Simulations
Links to digital simulations of physics principles.
- Creative Commons
Standardized copyright licenses that are commonly used in OER pieces. You can license and share your own work, too!
Open Media Resources
- Flickr Commons
Search public photograph archives from museums and other public entities
- Searching for Creative Commons Licensed Images in Google
- Wikimedia Commons
Search for images, audio, and video that is openly licensed or in the public domain