The scope and availability of OER is ever expanding, new resources are being added to the global body of resources. There have been a number of initiatives over the years to consolidate information on OER projects, the most recent being the OER World Map.
The following videos are a good introduction to assist in finding OERs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTkxBEyUTVM An amateur video but very detailed for beginners going through Google techniques and advanced searching for openly licenced materials. (22 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCJnEHVpILc – This presentation by Rory Mcgreal, a Unesco OER Chair provides an overview of best sites to use to find OER. (7 min).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkz4q2yuQU8 – Cartoon (USA), but quite a simply explained video, including an explanation on combining CC licences. (9.17 min).
However there are other mechanisms which a search could employ to find appropriate OER:
- Use a specialized OER search engine: While search engines such as Google and Bing are a good general starting point for finding content online, there are also some specialized search engines that search specifically for OER. Their listings, however, are selective based on different search criteria so it is a good idea to try more than one. Here are a few of the popular ones:
- Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange (GLOBE) Alliance
- Creative Commons Search
- Open Courseware Consortium
- OER Dynamic Search Engine
- Locate a suitable OER repository: Searchers should also access the major OER repositories to search for OER. Most are institutionally based, focusing on the materials released by that organization. A famous example is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware Repository (MIT OCW). Some repositories, such as MedEd PORTAL, have a specific subject focus, in this instance, medical photos and multimedia. Below are a few of the more significant OER repositories (with many more described in Appendices Five and Six):
- MedEd PORTAL - medical focus
- MIT OCW
- China Open Resources for Education (CORE)
- AgEcon Search - agricultural focus
- Teacher Education in sub-Saharan Africa - teacher education focus
- Use OER directory sites: There are many sites that have a search facility whose results point to places elsewhere on the Internet where resources match search criteria. They themselves do not act as a repository, but have identified quality resources and store them in a database of web links. Their databases usually have a particular focus. In the case of OER Africa, for example, they highlight quality resources developed in and about Africa. Here are just a few: