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MCO is a member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium - a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare and its impact on global education.

Copyright and Open Licensing Frequently Asked Questions - This FAQ was developed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.  Please note that the materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

Here is a listing of some sites that provide open/free courses:

  • Open Educational Resources Used Throughout the Country - These lists and links are harvested from the national OER group's list serve conversations and a few other sources. This is a work in progress and will grow as more suggestions come in.
  • NASA - NASA is using PMC to permanently preserve and provide easy public access to the peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research.
  • Skillscommons - Resources produced from the US Department of Labor TAACCT grants
  • OPEN Washington - very elegant collection of OER resources. 
  • OPEN Professionals Education Network - The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) provides free support and technical assistance to all grantees of the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor.  Huge list of OERs.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare — MIT offers over 2,000 courses
  • Online Education Database — This website offers a list of 200 free classes.
  • OpenCulture — Listing of free classes from top universities like Stanford and UC Berkeley, including video lectures on YouTube.
  • UC Irvine OpenCourseWare — Free courses ranging from business management to social ecology.
  • The Open University — Based in the UK, this site has course materials along with discussion forums.
  • Open Learning Initiative — Free courses, along with self-guided materials.
  • PHET at the University of Colorado - They have online interactive simulations for BIology, Chemistry, Physics, etc. Also, they recently started converting them from FLASH to HTML 5 so they will be more accessible for students with disabilities and work on mobile.
  • UC Berkeley Webcasts — Free video and audio lectures from UC Berkeley professors.
  • - Health Information Technology curriculum resources
  • Free Online Classes — This website lists design and photoshop tutorials.
  • LiveMocha — Free tutorials to learn a new language
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium — This website hosts thousands of classes in several languages.
  • iTunes U — Hundreds of classes and audio books from several top universities.
  • Creative Commons - Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
  • Saylor Foundation - Open textbooks and courses - including K-12 options.
  • Open Course Library - Top 82 courses open and free, developed by the State of Washington system.
  • Merlot - referatory to many open repositories.
  • OER Commons - Worldwide learning network of shared teaching and learning materials made freely available online.
  • OpenStaxCollege - OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses.
  • Orange Grove - repository managed by state of Florida.
  • Open SUNY - Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.
  • College Open Textbook - Textbooks that focus on community college courses. 
  • Connextions - Connexions is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - The primary goal of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is to create awareness of OER and help colleges to identify, create and/or repurpose existing OER to improve teaching and learning and make education more accessible for all learners.
  • Computer Applications and Career Technical Education Resources - This list of open educational resources was curated by Grace Windsheimer at Columbia Gorge Community College.
  • How to Search for Open Educational Resources Infographic

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