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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide explores and will help you research open educational resources.

Explore Open Educational Resource (OER) Multimedia

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Want to include Open multimedia videos or images in your course? Below is a list of resources for finding the multimedia you need. Please remember the importance SUNY Cortland places on Accessibility Standards. Choose videos with Closed Captioning and include Alt Text descriptions for images. For more information check out our OER Accessibility Standards page.

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Creative Commons Search provides convenient access to the search services provided by other independent organizers including Google, Flickr, Wikimedia, YouTube, etc. to help you find freely licensed images, videos, music, media, and web content.

Open Video Resources

Wikimedia Commons: A media file repository for public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound, and video clips).

Moving Image Archive: Offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to a vast diversity historical collections that exist in digital format.

The Open Video Project: Browse all the videos on Vimeo that have a Creative Commons license.

TedEd:Educational videos that can be "flipped" (or tailored) for a lesson plan. Many videos include assessments, links to additional resources, and discussion starters.

Open Image Resources

Wikipedia Commons: A media file repository for public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound, and video clips).

Google Images:  Search and then click on “Tools” and select “Usage Rights.” Filter results by: Labeled for reuse with modification, Labeled for reuse, Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification, or Labeled for noncommercial reuse.

Bing Images: Search and then click "Filter" and select "License." Filter results by: All, All Creative Commons, Public domain, Free to share and use, Free to share and use commercially, Free to modify, share, and use, Free to modify, share, and use commercially. The filter is based on the Creative Commons licensing system.

NY Public Library Digital Gallery (some restrictions may apply): Provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs, etc.

Getty Open Content Images: Makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain. No permission is required.

Pixabay: A vibrant community of creatives, sharing royalty-free images, videos, audio and other media. Contains 4 million+ stunning, free images to use anywhere.