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Open Educational Resources: Where to Search for OERS


OASIS OER Search Tool searches more than 155,000 records from 52 sources selected by SUNY OER Services.  Use this search, or the GMU OER Metafinder, to help search for OER.

Advanced Search

Searching Creative Commons

Please note that Creative Commons Search is not a [technically] search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn't been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.

Additional Search Engines

DiscoverEd - "Discover the Universe of Open Educational Resources"

Jorum - "free learning and teaching resources, created and contributed by teaching staff from UK Further and Higher Education Institutions"

OCWFinder - "search, recommend, collaborate, remix"

OER Commons - "Find Free-to-Use Teaching and Learning Content from around the World. Organize K-12 Lessons, College Courses, and more."

Temoa - "a knowledge hub that eases a public and multilingual catalog of Open Educational Resources (OER) which aims to support the education community to find those resources and materials that meet their needs for teaching and learning through a specialized and collaborative search system and social tools."

University Learning = OCW+OER = Free custom search engine - a meta-search engine incorporating many different OER repositories (uses Google Custom Search)

XPERT - "a JISC funded rapid innovation project (summer 2009) to explore the potential of delivering and supporting a distributed repository of e-learning resources created and seamlessly published through the open source e-learning development tool called Xerte Online Toolkits. The aim of XPERT is to progress the vision of a distributed architecture of e-learning resources for sharing and re-use." 

OER Dynamic Search Engine - a wiki page of OER sites with accompanied search engine (powered by Google Custom Search) 

JISC Digital Media maintain guidance on finding video, audio and images online, including those licensed as Creative Commons.

GMU Metafinder

Search: Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)

George Mason OER Metafinder

Step 1: Go to the Mason OER Metafinder.

Step 2: Type your search terms into the various search boxes.

Step 3: Include or exclude sources/platforms as necessary.

Step 4: Click Search.

Step 5: Use the Refine by options to limit and target results.

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