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Subject Specific Online Resources for Faculty

Open Source Learning Materials

Teaching and Learning Online Resources for Faculty

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Subject Specific Resources for Faculty


A repository of multimedia resources created by educators who teach university level courses. More than 25,000 learning resources are available in MERLOT and many of them have already been subjected to a peer-review process that rates their usability and effectiveness. A variety of learning materials – simulations, animations, tutorials, exercises, assignments – are freely available for faculty to incorporate into their own syllabi, provided that attribution to the creator is given. The site is searchable by a number of criteria, although browsing by subject and sub-categories is a quick way to explore the variety of resources offered in a particular discipline.

Publisher Pearson’s Open Educational Resources


The site has been described as a mashup of Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube focused solely on education where users teach what they know and students can learn what they don’t know.

Wolfram Alpha

An amazing tool, not a search engine, but a Computational Knowledge Engine.  Strongest in math and science but has info in many disciplines



Short videos are great tools to illustrate concepts and motivate reflection, in or outside of class. Or want an expert guest lecturer or discussion starter for your class?

Check out these video sites:


Similar to FORA.tv, a video collection of “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”

Now T.E.D. Ed is a subsite of theirs that helps you turn Web videos into customized lesson plans

iTunes University

Over 250,000 audio and video presentations on all academic topics.

You will need iTunes on your computee.

Khan Academy

A variety of video tutorials in math and science, described as ” perfect for someone wanting a clear conceptual understanding of a specific concept”



SnagFilms is a website where you can watch full-length documentary films for free

Open Video Project


Browse by title or topic

Free Documentaries.org

Streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. For several films, they offer the ability to watch trailers or to download the actual film

Other Video Options

Don’t forget to search Google Video for that short video you hope exists on a certain topic

Or consider SKYPE and live video conference with an expert or alumni


Open Content Resources for Faculty

Community College Open Textbook Collaborative

The Community College Open Textbook Collaborative, funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is a collection of colleges, governmental agencies, educational nonprofits, and other education-related organizations. The collaborative provides training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, an online professional network, support for authors opening their resources, and other services.

Flat World Knowledge

Mixing tradition with innovation, this open source textbook site allows instructors to select free textbooks that are written by experts and rigorously reviewed. Educators can mix-and-match chapters or add their own materials. Students can select from a variety of formats: print, audio, bythe- chapter, and more. Flat World also offers its own community, where users can discuss the lessons, swap study notes, and learn from the book and each other.

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) Initiative is planning to build a huge repository of MIT course materials for educators and students to use regardless of their location or affiliation with MIT. By 2007, resources for almost all of MIT’s 2000 or so courses will be available. A prototype has been released and includes reading lists, lecture notes, assignments, demonstrations, experiments, and/or samples of student works from a number of current MIT courses.

Another OpenCourseWare collection

OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

National Digital Science Library

An NSF project initiated in 2000, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) includes collections, services, and targeted research in its digital library. The overall mission is to serve as a comprehensive source of Web-based learning resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. They also have resources in the Social Science area.

Creative Commons (CC)

Is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.


WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains approximately 80,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes.

Teaching and Learning Resources for Faculty

LTA collection

The TLT Group (non profit Teaching, Learning, Technology Group) A Low Threshold Application (LTA) is a teaching/learning application of information technology that is reliable, accessible, easy to learn, non-intimidating and (incrementally) inexpensive. Each LTA has observable positive consequences, and contributes to important long term changes in teaching and/or learning. “… the potential user (teacher or learner) perceives an LTA as NOT challenging, not intimidating, not requiring a lot of additional work or new thinking. LTAs. are also ‘low-threshold’ in the sense of having low INCREMENTAL costs for purchase, training, support, and maintenance.” – Steve Gilbert

Another TLT resource:  Seven Principles Collection of TLT Ideashundreds of ideas for teaching and learning with technology in ways that implement the seven principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education 


POD-IDEA Center resources from our educational assessment tool from KSU.

7 Things You Should Know About…

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI’s) 7 Things You Should Know About… series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes:

Tools & Techniques Toolbox

Here, you will find very brief introduction to various tools and techniques for use in face to face education and synchronous/asynchronous distance education. Click on a link to view information on each tool or technique including: