Open Courseware



MERLOT (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is an online repository and International consortium of institutions of higher education, industry partners, professional organizations and individuals. MERLOT partners and members are devoted to identifying, peer reviewing, organizing and making available existing online learning resources in a range of academic disciplines for use by higher education faculty and students. The University of North Dakota has partnered with MERLOT since 2008.


MIT Open Courseware


Contains over 2,400 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) open courses including syllabi, videos, lectures, assignments, and exams.


OER Commons


Contains teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. Unlike fixed, copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.


Open Course Library


Is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Some of our materials are paired with low cost textbooks ($30 or less). Many of the courses can be taught at no cost to students. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.OCL courses and materials have undergone testing for accessibility and have been designed using the industry-standard Quality Matters (QM) rubric for assessing the quality of online courses.




Find activities, lessons, articles, games, and videos on a variety of topics.


Open Syllabus Project


Is an academic data mining project based at Columbia University that contains open access syllabi for others to use and adopt.


Teaching Commons


Brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.


Skills Commons


Open digital library of workforce training materials.