Open Education Resources to Support Your Teaching and Learning

I just created a new Open Education Resource page under the faculty resource section in my blog to list a few great resources that you can use to support your teaching. Open Education Resources are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing.

Smart History by Khan Academy
Smarthistory at Khan Academy is the leading open educational resource for art history. We make high-quality introductory art history content freely available to anyone, anywhere. Smarthistory is a platform for the discipline where art historians contribute in their areas of expertise and learners come from across the globe. We offer nearly 500 videos and these are being translated into dozens of languages. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker created Smarthistory and are the Executive Editors. Videos are also available on and the Khan Academy app. Smarthistory and Khan Academy are 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporations.

Free and open resources designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Specifically, MERLOT is a growing catalog of online learning materials, peer reviews, learning assignments, and user comments, organized by discipline into specific discipline communities and created to help faculty enhance their instruction, that anyone can use for free. At the moment has more than 14,000 resources. It was developed by California State University Center for Distributed Learning (CSU-CDL at

Not only can you search the repository for resources in various academic disciplines, but there are a series of community portals

MERLOT Mobile Learning Portal
The mobile learning community portal provide you with the tools, resources, and ideas you need to help develop, discover, and/or use mobile computing in your teaching and learning activities.  Here you can find mobile apps for education,  learn teach strategies, and use the teaching with mobile apps template in the free content builder to share an capture your pedagogies for effectively using mobile apps in education.
This site has a ton of open courses in many different disciplines. You can pick and choose resources to support your courses.

Khan Academy
A library of over 3,000 videos to support Math, Art History, Economics, Science, World History, Finance, and Computer Science. Students can make use of our extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web. Teachers can get reports on student progress and more.

Flat World Knowledge: This is a college textbook publisher whose books are published under an open license. This allows professors to customize the books they order – edit, add to, mix-up – or use as-is. Students can access the books online for free or can pay for print-on-demand and audiobook versions.

The Orange Grove- Florida’s Digital Repository

is Florida’s digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems (e.g., Blackboard, Desire 2 Learn, Canvas) . Discover, contribute, and import repository resources directly from your LMS.

MIT OpenCourseWare
Here you can find course materials used in the teaching of virtually all of MIT’s courses available on the Web, free of charge. There are courses, videos, audio’s simulations and lecture.

If you know of other resources that should be on the list, please share.

Lisa Dubuc, Coordinator of Electronic Learning
Niagara County Community College

About NCCC Online Learning

I have been helping faculty develop quality courses for delivery online for over 25 years. My online teaching experience includes both online at the undergraduate and graduate level and have created and delivered numerous workshops focusing on the pedagogy of teaching online and strategies to support student success. I hold an M.S. ED in Educational Computing and have proudly worked at SUNY-Niagara County Community College for the last 25 years.
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