There are many ways to search for Open Educational Resources. A great place to start your search might be by using a referatory. A referatory is a search that simply links out to content hosted elsewhere while repositories host file(s). Referatories may have broader reach, and you may find the same OER in a referatory and a repository. There are two main referatories for finding OER:
- OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) – https://oasis.geneseo.edu/
- Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) – https://oer.deepwebaccess.com/oer/desktop/en/search.html
- eCampusOntario Open Library – https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca
- eCampusOntario H5P Studio – https://h5pstudio.ecampusontario.ca
- MERLOT – https://www.merlot.org/
- CORE – https://core.ac.uk
- MIT Open Courseware – https://ocw.mit.edu/educator
- Public Domain Review – https://publicdomainreview.org
- LibreTexts – https://libretexts.org
Discipline Specific Repositories
- Mathematics and Sciences (University of Colorado at Boulder) – https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations
- Psychology – https://nobaproject.com/
- Nursing (Montgomery College) – http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department.aspx?id=8522
- Business (MIT Sloan School) – https://mitsloan.mit.edu/LearningEdge/simulations/
- English as a Foreign Language (Open Education Database) – http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/50_essential_resources_for_esl_students/
- Humanities (Harvard University) – http://justiceharvard.org
- Open Culture – http://www.openculture.com
Take some time and explore the referatories and repositories listed to find resources that are connected to your course content or interests.
- Try out the search strategies you’ve practiced. Rather than just using your normal vocabulary, consider synonyms and terms other educators and experts may have used. Feel free to jot down your search strategies. HINT: A mind map is a great tool to plot your search and ensure you cover all the bases.
- Pay close attention to which of the referatories and repositories have advanced search capabilities, and explore how you might optimize those capabilities.
- Once you have spent some time exploring the resources, curate three (or more) OERs to support learners’ understanding of an element or concept for a course.
- Add a response to this activity by listing the OERs that you found, including their web address, and how each one would support learners’ understanding of an element or concept for a course (use the link for the best one in the example entry field for the response).
Example for "Find Your Fit":