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Open Educational Resources

This guide is designed for FSCJ faculty to discover learning objects and other open educational resources. Faculty will also find information on adding and uploading content to share with colleagues.

Search Tools

The Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) helps you find Open Educational Resources.  Unlike other OER discovery sites (e.g, OER CommonsOASISMERLOTOpenStax, etc.) with our Metafinder you aren’t searching a static database that we’ve built.  Instead, the OER Metafinder launches a real-time, simultaneous search across 22 different sources of open educational materials as you hit the Search button.

MOM iconMason OER Metafinder (MOM)
 
Advanced Search

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 114 different sources and contains 440,269 records.

 

 

Searching Google for OER

Google Advanced Search 

Using Google Advanced Search is a great way to find resources by license type. Here are directions on how to use Google Advanced Search to find materials with open licenses.

  1. On the Google Advanced Search (Links to an external site.) page, scroll to the bottom and look for the "usage rights" field.
  2. Change the "usage rights" field to "free to use share or modify" or "free to use, share or modify, even commercially" depending on what type of license you want.
  3. Use the other fields to plug in keywords and to narrow your results.
  4. Hit the "Advanced Search" button.
  5. The results page should show only Creative Commons resources. Make sure to verify the exact license type and terms of use. 

You can watch the following video for a demonstration of a Google Advanced Search:

 

Here are a few more Google search tips:

  1. To find specific types of websites such as .gov or .edu type in the search box Site:.gov or Site:.edu.
  2. To eliminate specific websites or words you can use a minus symbol before the word. For example if you want to search for something but do not want Wikipedia to show up in the results simply type in the search box -Wikipedia.
  3. Use quotations around a phrase to search for results containing that exact phrase. For example search for "climate change" will return less, but more relevant results than searching for the phrase without quotation marks.

Attributions:

David Wiley, Open Education Week: Finding Open Educational Resources, Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)