Getting Started: Find Open Resources 

This post provides a list of where you can look to find open educational resources (OER).  

Excerpt from the Getting Started: OER Publishing at BCcampus by the OER Production Team 

OER stands for open educational resources, which are any resources used for teaching and learning that are either in the public domain or under an open licence that gives anyone, anywhere permission to keep, share, edit, and remix the resource’s content. An OER could be a textbook, a case study, a slide show, an image, a video, a podcast, etc. 

Here is a list of places to look to find existing openly licensed content: 

  • B.C. Open Textbook Collection: A collection of over 300 open textbooks and open courses that prioritizes Canadian content and includes multiple textbooks written by B.C. faculty. 
  • Pressbooks Directory: Search and filter through over 5,000 books that have been published in Pressbooks. 
  • OER by Discipline Directory: A directory of open educational resources organized by discipline. 
  • Multimedia: A list of where you can find openly licensed images, videos, and audio. Note that it also includes sites like Google Images, Flickr, and YouTube that have Creative Commons search filters. 

Watch a demonstration on how to find OER: 

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Support Resources 

Publishing Process Self-Publishing Guide (Maintained by BCcampus) The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far) These resources address topics including but not limited to project planning, building and managing teams, writing, editing, peer review, and maintenance. 
Pressbooks Pressbooks Guide (Maintained by BCcampus) Pressbooks User Guide (Maintained by Pressbooks) Pressbooks Video Tutorial Series List of previous books published by BCcampus in Pressbooks 
Accessibility Accessibility Toolkit This resource’s chapter on Accessibility
Open Licences and Attribution Chapter on Copyright and Open Licences in the Self-Publishing Guide Chapter on Citation vs. Attribution in the Self-Publishing Guide This resource’s chapter on Attributions 
Find Open Content OER by Discipline Directory Video: Find and User OER in Your Online Course Pressbooks Directory 
H5P List of H5P content types The H5P Pressbooks Kitchen 
Institution-Specific Publishing Support If you work at one of the following institutions, we also recommend checking out the resources they provide: Kwantlen Polytechnic University: OPUS (Open Publishing Suite) UBC Library Open Education Services [PDF] and Open Textbook Publishing Guide Open Education at BCIT Open Langara TRU Open Educational Resources  See the Post-Secondary Directory for contact information for open education leaders at B.C. institutions. 

Getting Started: OER Publishing at BCcampus by BCcampus OER Production Team is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.