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:
In addition to using the search engines and repositories linked on this guide, you can also use advanced search features when searching Google, YouTube or Flickr, to find and locate OER. You will still need to confirm the individual license of the object you select to assure it meets the appropriate CC license.
Flickr - After searching by keyword in Flickr, use the Any License filter feature to filter your results to the appropriate usage license which best suits your usage of the work. Looking for more images? View the Images, Audio & Video tab!
Below is a sample of several OER repositories, textbooks, and course materials covering the subject area of Developmental Reading and Writing. Additional OER in your subject may be found by searching the resources listed on the ACC Libraries primary Open Educational Resources Guide.
Excelsior OWL - a variety of interactive multimedia activities, quizzes, videos, interactive PDFs, and games
OER Commons - filtered for reading foundation skills
Open Textbook Library - filtered for writing skills
OASIS - filtered for basic reading
Open Oregon: Education Resources -filtered for writing
Writing Commons - an encyclopedia for writers, speakers, and knowledge workers
About Writing: A Guide - This writer’s reference condenses and covers everything a beginning writing student needs to successfully compose college-level work, including the basics of composition, grammar, and research. It is broken down into easy-to-tackle sections, while not overloading students with more information than they need. Great for any beginning writing students or as reference for advanced students!
The Early Grade Reading Assessment: Applications and Interventions to Improve Basic Literacy - The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) measures students' progress towards reading. EGRA gauges literacy skills through a 15-minute individual oral assessment of five fundamental reading skills.
Technical Writing - A textbook focusing on writing in the workplace, with an emphasis on audience analysis, writing for specific situations, document design, research processes, and visual aids.
Write Here, Right now: An Interactive Introduction to Academic Writing and Research - A textbook for first-year university students that would effectively integrate into the flipped classroom model.
Listening to Sources, Talking to Sources - Covers thesis writing, incorporating sources into the main body of a paper, and citing sources.
OER Supplemental Course Materials:
BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Reader 6 - Designed to meet the learning outcomes for Adult Literacy Fundamental English Level 6 (roughly the equivalent to grades 7.5 to 9 in the K-12 system).
Guide to Writing - A writing style guide covering the fundamentals of English usage and writing.
English 100 - University of Madison ENGL 100 course readings; writing and composition guide.
Auburn University Writing Resources -- Resources developed to support students and instructors across the disciplines in their writing and writing instruction. We define writing broadly, so you will find resources on ePortfolios, visual design, professional communication, and presentations in addition to traditional writing tasks like reflective writing, literature reviews, peer review, and editing and proofing.
RUwrite - This digital learning experience will guide you through the fundamentals of excellent writing.