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Agricultural Sciences: Open Educational Resources

This is a instructional pathfinder for students and faculty of Austin Community College's Agricultural Sciences program.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources" by Ron Mader is licensed under CC BY 2.0

OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. ~ William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

For a more comprehensive overview on OER, see:

  • Open Educational Resources - a guide designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, selection and adoption of Open Educational Resources.


Sample OER Resources in Agricultural Sciences

close up of wheat

"Agriculture" by PublicDomainPictures.Net is in the Public Domain

This is a sample of several OER agricultural science textbooks or course materials available. Additional OER in your subject may be found by searching the resources listed on the ACC Libraries primary Open Educational Resources Guide.

  • Open Textbook Library - this list was created by doing a keyword search for agriculture. 
  • OER Commons - filtered by subject Forestry & Agriculture and community college resources.
  • Skills Commons - consists of lots of course materials for agriculture. Try specific searching (ex. blueberry) to find information on a subject.
  • MERLOT - many, MANY, resources using the keyword agriculture. Pay close attention to the dates - some of these were originally from the early 1900s.

Open Access materials, while open under copyright, can not be modified. Here are a list of Agricultural Sciences materials:

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