Use this guide to help you find links to some of the best sources for shared open access educational content, such as lectures, images, videos, and open textbooks.
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Some Quick Definitions
What is an Open Textbook?
Open textbooks are textbooks released under a Creative Commons, or similar, license. They are often written and published by faculty, with the support of universities or new commercial companies. This new model enables free online access to textbooks. For a good overview, see Educause's 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing (pdf)
What is a Learning Object Repository?
A Learning Object Repository is an online storage location/digital library of learning objects (or links to learning objects). The learniing objects ( modules, videos, images, books) are intended to be freely shared, adapted, or reused. Many Learning Object Repositories include open textbooks
What Is Open Education?
Open education involves expanding educational opportunities by encouraging the open sharing and recombination of educational resources. Institutions and individuals are increasingly sharing open digital learning and teaching resources over the internet without cost.
Selected Open Textbook Sources / Learning Object Repositories
Open Source Course Management Systems