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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER Science Content
Guide to identifying open textbooks and open educational resources. Information about UWM's Open Textbook initiative.
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.
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.
MIT OpenCourseWare offers full online courses which include insight from instructors, lecture notes, textbook materials, assignments, exams with answers, and multimedia resources. All course content is downloadable.
Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET simulations are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost and have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.