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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

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.

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, Library Coordinator, Iowa City Campus

Emily McWorthy, Instructional Designer, Distance Learning

Sue Miller, Access Services Librarian, Library Services

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.

Biological Sciences OER: curated list of sources    A collection of open textbooks and other open resources for course in the biological sciences. From OER leader, College of the Canyons.

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"

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