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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER Humanities Content

Guide to identifying open textbooks and open educational resources. Information about UWM's Open Textbook initiative.

OER Search Engine

Search: Mason OER Metafinder

The Mason OER Metafinder helps you find Open Educational Resources. OER Metafinder launches a real-time, simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials as you hit the Search button. A distinct feature of the Mason OER Metafinder is the scope of our discovery service.  We’re searching well-known OER repositories like OpenStaxOER CommonsMERLOT but also sites like HathiTrustDPLAInternet Archive and NYPL Digital Collections where valuable but often overlooked yet often “open” educational materials may be found.

Additionally the OER Metafinder allows user to do a deeper websearch. The numerous and varied results makes the Mason OER Metafinder and ideal search tool for Performing Arts and Humanities courses.

Find, Reuse and Retain: Finding OER in the Humanities

Open Educational Resources are ideal for online learning. They are free to reuse and redistribute to your students in Canvas. You can also retain a digital copy of a resource so that it is available to you for future semesters. You may also customize or remix content. When selecting interactive learning activities, be selective about the source file and presentation format. For example, avoid content created with Flash which is largely not accessible and will no longer be supported after 2020. HTML5 files, on the other hand, can be viewed in most browsers and work with iOS devices. HTML5 can also be edited for customization or innovation purposes. 

Humanities OER

Find and Reuse: Humanities Illustrations

Online open textbooks are a great resource for Humanities illustrations. Images can be reused in slides, handbooks, and virtual labs.