Find an Open Educational Resource


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Open Educational Resources come in many different shapes and sizes, from textbooks to reading lists and even homework software. Consequently, not all OER are easy to find. This page will go over some of the methods you can use to locate OER for your course, and the support available at ISU to help facilitate this process.

Do-it-Yourself Toolkit

There are four easy steps any instructor can take when looking at integrating OER into their teaching: 

  1. Identify keywords related to your course and its learning objectives
  2. Search OER repositories and aggregators for any relevant resources
  3. Review the resources you've located for fit, currency, accessibility, and any other rubric you deem necessary when judging teaching materials. You're the expert. You can edit these materials as necessary, if you locate one that is close to your needs.
  4. Reflect on the materials you have located.

For a more guided approach through this process, download a copy of our OER Treasure Hunt Worksheet

If you have difficulty finding materials that fit your needs, consider making an OER consultation with Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Parks Library. Alternatively, you may want to use our Open Educational Resource Library Guide, which includes links to major databases for finding open content and a curated list of OER organized by discipline. 

Third Party Repositories & Search Tools