Open Educational Resources

What does Open Educational Resources refer to?

Open Educational Resources (OER) typically refers to instructional tools that are free for faculty to use and widely available online.  This is different from a tool for which that an institution might have some kind of site license.  (Please note that, even in instances with a site license, there are often limitations to using the tool, such as SPSS.)

Below is a list of OER tools.  This is by no means exhaustive but a decent compilation of popular tools.

  • Audacity- Audio recording and editing tool.  (Library Help Guide)
  • Doodle- Meeting scheduling tool
  • Educreations- Digital ink/annotation tool that can be used on a desktop or tablet
  • Facebook- Social media platform that has been around forever
  • Free Online OCR converter- PDFs comprised of images can be converted to "computer readable" text using this free online Optical Character Recognition tool.  No need to register unless you want additional features.
  • GIMP- Free image editing tool
  • Internet Archive- Massive repository of open source images, music, sound clips, movies, and other forms of media
  • Jing- Free screen capture software available from Tech Smith
  • Merlot- One of the oldest and most trusted educational resource repositories
  • Pixabay- Royalty free, high quality images, often licensed using Creative Commons.  (Remember to always attribute images used!)
  • Poll Anywhere- Free cloud based polling service.  Note: there are Pro level accounts available for purchase that range in price.
  • The QR Code Generator - Free service that generates static and dynamic QR codes for you to print and scan. (Help Document)
  • Screencast-O-Matic- Browser based solution that allows you to make screen recordings with audio and video, and share the recording with colleagues or students.  (Instructions-PDF, Video Tutorials)
  • Windows Movie Maker- free video editing tool that comes as part of Windows Essentials.