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Getting Started with OER: Where can I find OER?

This guide is your one-stop-shop for getting started with OER. You will learn the basics, learn about Creative Commons licensing, where to find OER and how to evaluate it, and what's happening with the University of Hartford's OER Initiative.

Where to begin?

Searchability. Findability. Discovery. These are some of the recent buzzwords in the OER community. OER are rapidly growing in number, but there is not a formal, one stop destination for finding materials. Several organizations have created repositories for OER, whether it be a repository for materials created in-house, or materials from several different providers. It can be daunting to begin an OER search, with so many options to choose from and each different from the next. This section provides helpful tips for planning out what you need in an OER, designing and implementing a search, and evaluating what you find.  

You can also set up a meeting with the University of Hartford's OER Coordinator, Jillian Maynard, by filling out the form to the right. She will guide you through each step of the process and help you find resources.

OER Repositories

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) - From George Mason University, this repository is an aggregate of several OER repositories.


OpenStax - From Rice University, OpenStax is one of the leading providers of peer-reviewed, OER textbooks.


Open Textbook Library - From the University of Minnesota, this growing repository gives access to numerous openly licensed, free, peer-reviewed textbooks, available in multiple formats.


OASIS - From SUNY Geneseo, OASIS searches content from 79 different sources.


OER Commons - "OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners."


**Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a good place to start.


Creative Commons License
Getting Started with OER by Jillian Maynard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Updated by Taylor St. Pierre 7/2021.

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