Welcome to the Open Educational Resources Directory

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osWelcome to the Vancouver Island University Open Educational Resource Directory, a website which allows instructors and students to quickly access links to open educational content for course development, assignments, or creative projects. The sites are organized by the types of media you will find on them using categories and tags. Click on the image of a site to go to the resource.

To learn more about open educational resources see the About OER page.

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Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science

https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/knowinghome/

“Knowing Home attempts to capture the creative vision of Indigenous scientific knowledge and technology that is derived from an ecology of a home place. The traditional wisdom component of Indigenous Science—the values and ways of decision-making—assists humans in their relationship with each other, the land and water, and all of creation. Indigenous perspectives have the potential to give insight and guidance to the kind of environmental ethics and deep understanding that we must gain as we attempt to solve the increasingly complex problems of the 21st century.”

National Gallery of Art: Public Domain Images 

https://images.nga.gov/en/page/show_home_page.html

NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 45,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use (mostly public domain). NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

The Open Syllabus Project 

http://opensyllabusproject.org/

The Open Syllabus Project is an effort to make the intellectual judgement embedded in syllabi relevant to broader explorations of teaching, publishing, and intellectual history.  The project has collected over 1 million syllabi, has extracted citations and other metadata from them, and is now pleased to make the Syllabus Explorer publicly available as a means of exploring this corpus.

Skills Common Open Educational Repository

https://www.skillscommons.org/

The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development. The Open Educational Resources (OER) are produced by community colleges across the nation and can be found, reused, revised, retained, redistributed and remixed by individuals, institutions, and industry.

Unsplash: High Resolution Photos

https://unsplash.com

All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

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Wikimedia from Wikipedia

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Almost all of the multimedia content hosted on Wikipedia may be freely reused subject to certain restrictions. You do not need to obtain a specific statement of permission for using the content unless you wish to use the work under different terms than the license states.

Content under open content licenses may be reused without any need to contact the creator, but just keep in mind that:

  • some licenses require that the original creator be attributed;
  • some licenses require that the specific license be identified when reusing (including, in some cases, stating or linking to the terms of the license);
  • some licenses require that if you modify the work, your modifications must also be similarly freely licensed; and finally,
  • While the copyright and licensing information supplied for each image is believed to be accurate, the Wikimedia Foundation does not provide any warranty regarding the copyright status or correctness of licensing terms. If you decide to reuse files from the Commons, you should verify the copyright status of each image just as you would when obtaining images from other sources.