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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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

OER Search Engine

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a meta-search tool for open educational resources including textbooks, podcasts, videos, simulations and other supplemental learning activities. Use OASIS to search for open educational resources you can incorporate in your Canvas course site free of Copyright restrictions.

Science and Technology OER

Find, Reuse and Retain Simulations and other Course Assets

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 evaluating simulations, labs, etc. 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. 

Find and Reuse: Scientific Illustrations

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