OERs & MOOCs & Open Access

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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

The MOOCs has offered many opportunities for distance education and flexible learning. A definition is on the webpage of Professor Sergio Luján Mora, the University of Alicante. A collection of MOOC sites is below:

Canvas Network provides over 70 courses including self-paced and MOOCs.

Class Central is a comprehensive list of over 1,500 courses given by main MOOC providers.

CourseBuffet helps people to find and organise free college courses from over 17 platforms and 200+ universities.

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organisations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

CourseTalk – reviews, compare and discover free online courses.

EDUCAUSE MOOCs is a MOOCs resource provided by EDUCAUSE Library.

EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities.

EMMA (The European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) is a 30 month pilot action supported by the European Union, which aims to showcase excellence in innovative teaching methodologies and learning approaches through the large-scale piloting of MOOCs on different subjects and in different languages.

Free Stuff – view online, without charge, webinars, seminars, and lectures presented by Stanford faculty, industry experts, and senior researchers.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of free online courses from the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions.

IBM Cognitive Class provids courses that help people gain skills in emerging technologies, including data science, AI, big data, and blockchain.

iversity – is the European platform for online learning that enables universities to share a broad range courses.


Khan Academy provides materials and resources to anyone completely free of charge.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity (OER).

MOOC List helps you to find free online courses (MOOCs) offered by the best universities around the world.

Mooctivity is a MOOC search engine and a social network of learning courses online.

MOOCs Directory provides a simple central directory of existing free Massive Open Online Courses available in K-12, Higher Education and Other areas of learning.

My Education Path offers an online courses directory in different languages.

Open Culture – 1100 free online courses from the world’s leading universities including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more.

Open Education – free online courses provided by Blackboard’s global community of clients.

OpenLearn gives free access to Open University course materials.

Open Learning Initiative – The OLI at Carnegie Mellon University provides free online courses (OER).

Open2Study is backed by Open Universities Australia (OUA), an Australian leader in accredited online education.

OpenupEd is one of the largest MOOC providers for higher education.

Saylor Academy provides quality education for free for everyone around the world. Many materials are OERs.

Udacity Free Courses provides many free IT online courses.

University of the People (UoPeople) is a tuition-free, nonprofit, online academic institution,  which is a part of the Open Educational Resources movement and utilises open educational content in all courses (OER).


Best Online College Resources on Open Courseware & MOOCs provided by Top5OnlineColleges.org

MOOC News and Reviews is an online publication devoted to thoughtful critique of individual MOOC courses and to discussion of the evolving MOOC landscape.

The 50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time is a review list of the most popular MOOCs.

What You Need to Know About MOOCs produced by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

OERs (open educational resources)

Crossref is a collaborative reference linking service for people to search online publications based on open-standards technology (the Digital Object Identifier, or DOI, system). Its services include: CrossCheck, CrossMark, Crossref Metadata Services (CMS), Cited-by linkingFundRef, and ​CrossRef Text and Data Mining.

IL OER offers a wide variety of learning resources to support information literacy.

Jorum funded by JISC, provides free OERs shared and created under CC licenses by those who teach in or create content for the further and higher education communities in the UK.

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. (Largely OER)

OpenStaxCNX  is a dynamic digital educational ecosystem consisting of an educational content repository and a content management system optimized for the delivery of educational content. It has more than 17,000 learning objects or modules in its repository and over 1000 collections (textbooks, journal articles, etc.).

OER Commons gathers relevant materials about teaching, technology, research, and more, and encourages you to add links to materials, projects, or news related to the emerging field of Open Education.

Open Access Resources

arXiv.org – open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, Electrical Engineering and Systems Science, and Economics.

ALT Open Access Repository provide a resource base and supporting technologies to ensure effective support for e-learning professionals.

The Archives Hub provides a gateway to thousands of the UK’s richest archives. Representing over 180 institutions across the country, it is an effective way to discover unique and often little-known sources to support your research.

CogPrints is an electronic archive for self-archive papers in many areas such as Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, Computer Science, Philosophy and Biology.

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

Internet Documents in Economics Access Service (IDEAS) is a service providing information about working papers and published research to the economics profession. It uses the complete data from the RePEc database, which includes bibliographic data contributed by over 1300 archives, including many of the major research outlets and publishers.

MERLOT II is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.

OCLC FirstSearch provides seamless electronic access to many databases covering a wide range of topics and formats. The FirstSearch Base Package includes WorldCat as well as other databases such as CAMIO, Electronic Books and OAIster.

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.

ORCA is a digital repository of research publications from Cardiff University.

Oxford Brookes University RADAR (Research Archive and Digital Asset Repository) is the university’s multi-purpose archive of research and teaching materials.

ProQuest is a gateway to the world’s knowledge – from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms.

Questia is the world’s largest online library of books, with over 77,000 full-text books, 4 million articles, and an entire reference set complete with a dictionary, encyclopedia, and thesaurus.

ReStore is a sustainable repository of online research methods resources which preserves, sustains and actively maintains web resources developed as part of ESRC funding mainly representing subjects of research methods in social sciences.

Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources.

TeSS is a life science training materials and courses resource across Europe provided by ELIXIR. You can find useful events information and webinars for researchers in life science.

The Excellence Gateway is the complete online service for everyone working in the further education and skills sector in England.

The Free Library compiles an enormous amount of published material – journals, magazines, blog postings, and classic literary texts.

The Mental Health foundation is a world-wide, interactive, personalized forum for the sharing of information by people whose lives are touched by mental health problems and/or learning disabilities.

The RLO-CETL is the Centre for Excellence for the design, development and use of learning objects. The partner institutions are London Metropolitan University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Nottingham.

The Scientix is a projects that supports Europe-wide collaboration among STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals. It’s Scientix Resource Repository allows you access science education learning resource materials.

The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn’t the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.

VideoLectures.NET is a free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science. The portal is aimed at promoting science, exchanging ideas and fostering knowledge sharing by providing high quality didactic contents not only to the scientific community but also to the general public.

Web of Science provides unrivalled breadth of world-class research literature.

Search learning/educational resources using Xpert.

Zetoc provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis.