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Open Educational Resources: Open Courses

A guide for faculty to locate quality open content for their courses.

Open Educational Resources Guide Key

 Open - free to use and repurpose

 Free - free to use

 Affordable - available at low cost

 Free North Shore - available to NSCC students and faculty

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OpenCourseWare Consortium

The Open Education Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions "creating a broad and deep body of open educational content".  On their web site, you can search through their catalog of over 9,000 courses.  You will want to review the language of the course since there are courses in over 20 languages.  Course subject categories include:

  • Applied Sciences
  • Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Health and Medicine
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Religion
  • Social Sciences

Open Access - free to use and repurpose

Lumen Learning

Free access to CC BY-licensed open courses in 60+ high-enrollment subjects across many disciplines. Open courses are effectively a complete textbook replacement. Each course includes a complete set of OER-based readings and sample assessments. All courses include some level of built-in video delivery and interaction. Course subject categories include:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Technology
  • Transitional Studies

Free North Shore - Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning provides 24/7 access to a collection of nearly 50,000 step-by-step technology tutorials. Find tutorials on over 200 applications including the Microsoft Office suite, Blackboard Learn, Google Docs, Dreamweaver and other Adobe products, Mac and Windows operating systems, iDevices, and Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Twitter, and Facebook.

We highly recommend taking advantage of this resource! Simply go to the Atomic Learning web site and log in with your Pipeline username and password.

Open Course Library

open course library

The Open Course Library is a collection of over 80 high enrolled, high quality college courses that are free to download, edit and use for teaching.  The Open Course Library is managed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.  All the course content is stored in Google Docs making it very easy for faculty to access, browse and download.  Course subjects/titles include:

  • Accounting
  • Algebra
  • American Literature
  • American Sign Language
  • Calculus
  • College Success
  • Communication
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • English Composition
  • French
  • General Biology with Lab
  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • General Psychology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Literature
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Precalculus
  • Public Speaking
  • Spanish
  • US History

Available course content includes textbook information (cost of no more than $30), syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments.

Open Access - free to use and repurpose


Open Culture

Open Culture provides links to some free and some low-cost online courses. There is a key at the top of the page that tells you which classes charge and which do not.