Open Textbooks

An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used, adapted and distributed. Open textbooks are a part of the Open Access and the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, and are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing, as well as for research purposes.

bccampus-100B.C. Campus Open Textbook Project
The goal of the B.C. Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to openly licensed textbooks. Their textbooks are openly licensed using a Creative Commons license and are offered in various e-book formats free of charge. Open Textbooks are open educational resources (OER); they are instructional resources created and shared in ways so that more people have access to them.
college-open-textbooks-100College Open Textbooks
College Open Textbooks is a project of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Open Doors Group. COT listings point to textbooks on numerous repositories of textbooks and EOR materials.
OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University. Their first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and the library continues to grow. Through philanthropic partnerships OpenStax is breaking down barriers to learning and empowering students to succeed.
openstax-cnx-100OpenStax CNX
OpenStax CNX is designed to encourage the sharing and reuse of educational content. The knowledge in OpenStax CNX can be shared and built upon by all. View and share free educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, or other academic assignments.
open-textbook-library-100Open Textbook Library
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely use, revise, adapt, or redistribute.

open-course-library-100Open Course Library
The Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by professionals.
oer-commons-100Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for systematic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning.

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