Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions" (2012 Paris OER Declaration). Open Textbooks are free or low-cost substitutes for a traditional textbook.
Quality of OER Can Be an Adoption Barrier
Critically evaluate a resource before adopting it. Make sure the resource is right for your purpose.
OER Evaluation Checklist, Sarah Crissinger, CC BY 4.0
Tips for Getting Started Designing for Web Accessibility: This page introduces some basic considerations to help you get started making your user interface design and visual design more accessible to people with disabilities. These tips are good practice to help you meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements.
Pressbooks: The Open Book Creation Platform: Pressbooks is simple book production software, built with the web in mind. Create interactive web books, PDFs for print and ebooks, all from one place. See VIVA information above.
Applications are due February 23, 2022, and award notification will take place on May 20, 2022.
VIVA Open Course Grants are designed to empower Virginia faculty with the resources and time they need to design or update courses to include open, no cost, or library materials. Open Course Grant recipients are awarded $2,000 - $30,000 to adopt, adapt, or create a resource and pilot them in a course by spring, 2025.
Faculty members at any VIVA institution, full or part-time, may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed. Multi-institutional teams are particularly encouraged.
More information, including the full Request for Proposals and application instructions, are available at https://vivalib.org/va/open/grants/course. A list of past grant recipients can also be found on that page.
Webinars will be held at the following times, and will include a general introduction to the grants, the application process, and a Q&A:
Successful applications will be selected on the basis of:
*VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).
For faculty developing a syllabus for a new course or simply updating a syllabus for a new semester, we hope that these grants offer an opportunity to look to open and no-cost course materials to improve student engagement and course outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to contact VIVA at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, to talk through project ideas, or for feedback on application drafts.
These are good resources to find items that are peer-reviewed. This is a place to start looking for an OER for class use.
VIVA Pressbooks are items created within Virginia.
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Math: Pre-algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Algebra & Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus Vol 1,2, and 3, Introductory Statistics, and Introductory Business Statistics.
Science: Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Biology, Concepts of Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Chemistry: Atoms First, College Physics, University Physics Vol 1, 2, and 3.
Social Sciences: American Government, Principles of Economics, Principles of Macro-Economics, Principles of Micro-Economics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Humanities: U.S. History.
Business: Introduction to Business, Business Ethics, Principles of Accounting (Financial Accounting), Principles of Accounting (Managerial Accounting), Introductory Business Statistics, Principles of Management, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, Business Law Essentials.
Partnership with Barnes & Noble (for print books at a reasonable price) and Cengage (online homework for a reasonable fee).
Can integrate into Canvas and Blackboard LMS.
Creative Commons has items that under copyright but the author has given a license to allow the user to know how they can use the resource .
Creative Commons – a collection of Creative Commons licensed materials.
Teaching Commons – a collection of OERs available through Liberty University Scholars Crossing Institutional Repository, the Digital Commons platform.
Pressbooks Directory - this directory provides an index of OER books published by faculty and librarians who use Pressbooks in higher education.
These are sites that have cataloged different OER for use in classrooms.
The links below are available to use for class. Please review the site to see if it fits your needs.
Anatomy and Physiology
Virtual Fetal Pig Dissection - Whitman College Biology Department.
Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project - Undergraduate introductory online labs.
Energy 3D - Learning to Build a Sustainable World from a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Flowsquare - Free computational fluid dynamics software.
GNURadio - Free & open-source software to implement software radios.
Scilab - Free and open-source software for engineers and scientists.
Reactor Lab - Interactive simulations of chemical reactors for active learning.
Virtual Labs - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
Open Simulation Interface - OSI file format.
Verilator - Verilog/SystemVerilog simulator.
DataONE - Environment and Earth.
ActivEpi Web by David G. Kleinbaum, 2015.
PhET Interactive Simulations for math and science.
Teaching Geoscience Online - Finding lab activities online.
Jules Verne Voyager - Map manipulative.
Physical Geology 101 - Richard Harwood 2018.
NOVA interactives through PBS.
Public Health Image Library (PHIL) from CDC.
General Microbiology Labs - Sponsored by the University of Wyoming.
Neuroscience Labs - Modular Digital Course in Undergraduate Neuroscience Education at UCLA.
Allen Institute for Brain Science - open data and resources.
Build Your Own Brain - Use? button for assistance.
Molecular Workbench - Visual, Interactive Simulations for Teaching & Learning Science.
Physics Simulations - Customize and share.
CK-12 Exploration Series - Physics and Chemistry Simulations.
The Physics Classroom - For beginning physics students and teachers.
WOLFRAM Demonstration Projects - Creative Commons Attribution—NonCommercial—ShareAlike 3.0.
DATA.GOV - U.S. Government open data.
National Science Foundation - Statistics.