Many Open Education Resources (OER) have been introduced by governments, universities, and individuals within the past few years. OERs provide teaching and learning materials that are freely available and offered online for anyone to use. Whether you're an instructor, student, or self-learner, you have access to full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, activities, games, simulations, and tools to create these components.
While some OERs include OpenCourseWare (OCW) or other educational materials, they may also offer the means to alter those courses through editing, adding to those courses through publication, and the ability to shape the tools that share those resources. Additionally, they may maintain forums or other platforms where individuals can collaborate on building educational tools and documentation and the reach for those materials.
To that end, the list below — arranged in alphabetical order — includes 80 online resources that you can use to learn how to build or participate in a collaborative educational effort that focuses on publication and development of those materials. Although some choices focus solely on publication, development, or tools used to accomplish either effort, some provide multifaceted venues that offer communities in which to collaborate on one or all of these efforts. Collaborators can include institutions, colleges or universities, educators, students, or the general public.
This list is not all-inclusive, as resources that offer limited collaboration were excluded. Two examples include the University of North Carolina's Open Courseware Lab and the Maricopa Learning Exchange, as both facilities make their information public but collaboration is limited to educators within those colleges. Other sites were nonfunctional when this article was written, so information about their offerings was unavailable for this project. Finally, resources that focus solely on K-12 education were saved for another time and place. The resources below focus solely on higher education or encompass all levels of education.