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Open Textbooks, OER & Other Open or Free Resources for Faculty: Finding OER

A guide to exploring open textbook options for faculty.

OER People & Projects at Kirkwood

OER Support Around the College

There are many faculty and staff at Kirkwood who use OER, support faculty adoption of OER, or have the knowledge and expertise to help with specific issues. Ask one of your colleagues about OER today:

Kate Hess, Digital Services Librarian, Library Services

  • Guidance in the process of shifting from traditional course materials to OER
  • Offers KCELT classes on OER adoption
  • Support and assistance in locating and curating OERs for all disciplines
  • Support in navigating questions of copyright, Creative Commons licensing, and fair use

Emily McWorthy, Instructor, Distance Learning

  • Support and assistance in locating and curating OERs for all disciplines
  • Support for integrating and linking OERs and important supplementary/ancillary materials into Talon.

Sue Miller, Access Services Librarian, Library Services

  • Support and assistance in locating and curating OERs for all disciplines

Faculty OER Adoption Program

Kirkwood Community College supports faculty adoption of open resources. Open resources benefit students and faculty by providing course materials at no or low cost, and customize materials to suit the needs of students and faculty. To read more about it see the complete program description.

Kirkwood's OER Blog

To see what your fellow faculty OER adopters are talking about, see our OER @ Kirkwood Faculty Blog.

Other Helpful Resources

Sources for Finding Open Textbooks & Other OER

Kirkwood's own T4LT Podcasters have a great 3-part series on resources for locating OER:

  1. T4LT Sharing Resources Part 1
  2. T4LT Sharing Resources Part 2
  3. T4LT Open Educational Resources Part 3

Discipline-Specific OER Sources

Career & Technical Fields

Skills Commons    A growing repository of materials developed by Federal TAACCCT Grant recipient colleges. Some great resources here! Includes these industries: Construction; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Administrative & Support Services; Waste Management Services; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Information Technologies; Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction; Repair & Maintenance; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Manufacturing. 

Language Learning

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning    "The COERLL is one of 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education. The overall mission of these federally-funded centers is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be profitably employed in a variety of settings."

Math & Sciences

AMSER: Applied Math and Science Educational Repository    "AMSER is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use. AMSER is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Science Digital Library, and is being created by a team of project partners led by Internet Scout."

American Institute of Mathematics: Approved Open Textbooks List    "Open-source or open-access textbooks that have been judged to meet the evaluation criteria set by the AIM editorial board.

The Chem Collective    "The ChemCollective is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon who are interested in using, assessing, and creating engaging online activities for chemistry education."

ChemWiki    "The Dynamic Chemistry e-Textbook"

Explorations: An Open Invitation To Biological  Anthropology   Human Evolution or Biological Anthropology -- A large nationwide project to create an interactive textbook and supplemental materials for this course

National Science Digital Library  The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

MyOpenMath     MyOpenMath runs on the open source, IMathAS platform, providing free hosted use of this platform in support of free, open textbooks like the ones listed on The intent is to provide classroom use of the platform, without any required cost to students, for schools wanting a managed install of the IMathAS platform, and to provide students self-study opportunities.

OHM (Online Homework Manager) An excellent and low priced alternative to online math homework systems. Based on OpenStax mathematical textbooks. 

Open Textbook Store  "OpenTextBookStore was created by educators frustrated with the time involved in finding adoptable open textbooks, with the hope to make open textbook adoption easier for other faculty. Just to be clear, we are not a publisher. This is just a listing site for publicly available open textbooks, maintained by a teacher. Print copies are made available through third party print-on-demand companies. Many of the courses have course packages available through, which provides free online homework for several open math textbooks." 

Scottsdale (AZ) Community College Math Blog    A list of Open and Sharable Resources and tools utilized by the SCC Math Department 


Nursing and Allied Health

HEAL (Health Education Assets Library)    "A digital library of multimedia teaching resources for the health sciences. HEAL provides access to tens of thousands of images, videoclips, animations, presentations, and audio files that support healthcare education."

Skills Commons    Open licensed materials developed by grant institution recipients in career training fields, including Health Care.


Social Sciences


Noba Project    "Teach and learn psychology for free"


OER-Based Courses

Free and/or Open Books (many in public domain)

Open and/or Free Music, Images, Films & other Media