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Teaching and Learning Resources: Sources of instructional materials and OER

Resources for Castleton University faculty to learn more about teaching strategies and best practices in higher education


See the Home page on this guide for access to library subscription materials about teaching and learning, and see the library website for more instructional materials. See below for access to OER, and some licensed material temporarily free for students.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

“teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” --The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Vendors/publishers providing temporary access

Publishers and vendors are providing temporary free access to a great deal of licensed material for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.


Compilation of these offers



Other books

Instructor materials to enhance textbooks

Interactive content

Information Literacy/News Literacy

Bloomsbury collections (until June 30)

From Berghahn publishing (humanities and social sciences) (until June 30)

Open Textbooks and Books

Open Access Textbooks

Other kinds of open access books

OER search

MOM iconMason OER Metafinder (MOM)
Advanced Search

OER repositories

Search within these repositories of Open Educational Resources. 

Limit your search by discipline, level of education, kind of resource and more.

Search for different media

Open instructional materials for specific disciplines/subject areas

See the tabs in this box to get to instructional materials in specific disciplines or subject areas

Also see:

Sources of video content

Also see the OER repositories (top left box of this page) where you can search for video content too

Licensed, subscription resources (not "open") but maybe useful for CU community

Full courses

Open Courseware is available to view and use without enrolling in a course.

Includes syllabi, lectures, exams, assignments, problem sets and more for hundreds of courses.

Not open, but free for most Vermonters (and others)