Open Educational Resources are defined by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as:
... 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. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
For more information on open intellectual property licensing, the public domain, and copyright, please visit the links below:
These websites provide open content in a variety of formats, including but not limited to images, textbooks, and videos. Although many of these sites would also fit under two or more of the categories in this guide, they have been placed under an umbrella "general" category here instead.
Lists and searches websites providing images, music, video, and text that use Creative Commons licensing
Provides access to downloadable video, audio, text & multimedia in the public domain
A repository of public domain and freely licensed images and videos
Millions of digitized works from Europe's galleries, archives, museums, and libraries. Digitized objects include images, texts, sounds, and videos. Includes a powerful seach engine that allows users to sort by copyright and by "can I use it."
Search, browse, or create Open Educational Resources.
A repository of instructional and program support materials developed under the United States Department of Labor's TAACCCT Grant Program, which seeks to create content for two-year programs. Content developed through this grant must be licensed under a Creative Commons license. Material can be browsed by institution, industry, credential type, and material type.
A content aggregator for open educational media. Includes links to collections of films, online courses, audiobooks, textbooks and ebooks.
A library of practice exercises and instructional videos on subjects including, but not limited to, math, science, computer programming, history, art history, and economics. The Khan Academy has also partnered with institutions such as NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT.
University of Minnesota's catalog of free, open textbooks covering a variety of core subjects. Includes faculty reviews of texts to assist in judging quality.
A curated collection of open textbooks from the top 40 subject areas in BC higher education. Includes reviews from BC post-secondary faculty members.
A nonprofit connected with Rice University in Houston. Produces peer-reviewed digital textbooks for free, and print versions for up to $55.
Provides full-text access to books that are out of copyright, as well as previews of in-copyright, in-print books.
Downloadable video, audio, and texts in the public domain and with Creative Commons licenses.
Access to more than 34,000 full-text eBooks available in the public domain.
Users can choose to limit searches to Creative Commons licensed images and videos.
Use the "Usage Rights" option to search for copyright-free materials.
Images from the collections of participating archives, libraries, museums and universities across Canada, free to use for educational purposes.
A public archive containing free images for use in creative work
Users can search and browse this large database of free, Creative Commons-licensed stock photos.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)’s searchable database of more than 20,000 high-resolution, downloadable images, available in the public domain. When doing a search, you can choose to limit to “only results with unrestricted images.”
Open access biomedicine journals
An extensive directory of scholarly open access journals from around the world.
Provides links to dozens of open access medical journals.
A range of open access science journals. Subject areas include biology, medicine, clinical trials and genetics.
After logging on, users can search for videos tagged with the Creative Commons Attribution license in the Video Editor. These videos are available to edit, remix, or modify.
Users can browse and search within sets of videos that have the Creative Commons license.
Documentaries, animation, and other films by the NFB, which can be streamed free of charge.
A community music site that features music licensed under Creative Commons and allows users to remix, sample, and reuse music.
Contains music licensed under Creative Commons
A large, user-uploaded database of Creative Commons licensed sounds, including field recordings, samples, and sound effects.
A large, user-uploaded database of music and sound, including a Creative Commons-licensed section. Users can search for Creative Commons tracks by genre, duration, BPM, and release date.
Links to institutional repositories maintained by Canadian universities containing theses, dissertations, conference papers, and research articles.
A directory of repositories worldwide that house open access research materials including journal articles, pre-prints, archival documents, conference papers and proceedings.
A catalogue of open access resources from repositories around the world.
An index of journal articles, theses, conference papers and books in the social sciences and humanities published in Canada.