List of Tools and Resources for Finding Open Educational Resources 

Scitable logoScitable

Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool by the Nature Publishing Group.

Scitable currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology, which include the topics of evolution, gene expression, and the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms. Scitable also offers resources for the budding scientist, with advice about effective science communication and career paths.

OER Glue

Connecting teachers and students with Open Educational Resources


Leeds Met logoLeeds Met Repository Open Search

Leeds met OER repository brings together material from all six faculties and student support services.  Materials range from single lecturers to whole modules.


Curve logoCURVE Resource Centre

CURVE/open is Coventry University's repository for open access research outputs and educational resources; aiming to increase the accessibility to, and visability of their authors work.


Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organised as courses, books, reports, etc.

The non-profit empowering educators to deliver and share curricula.

DiscoverEd Logo

A search prototype developed by Creative Commons to explore metadata enhanced search, specifically for OER.


Through Jorum, you can find, share and discuss learning and teaching resources, shared by the UK Further and Higher Education community.

A free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty of higher education in Ireland to share their learning materials.

OCW Finder
OCW Finder helps people find free online courses called OpenCourseWares (OCWs).  Universities and other OCW providers can register their courses with OCW Finder to help people find them.

OER CommonsOER Commons
The OER commons website was created to help educators, students and lifelong learners find Open Educational Resources that are already posted somewhere on the Internet.

A growing database of open learning resources suitable for students at all levels of study in a wide range of different subjects.

Flickr logoFlickr

Flickr is a photo sharing and management site which is popular in the OER community because you can search for photos which are licensed under creative commons for reuse, and often allow adaptation (repurposing) also Karen Cropper (OLnet) provides useful advice ( on how to reference pictures correctly using to create code to embed into the presentation which also puts the relevant cc licence icon(s).



Described as a place to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas and experiences Cloudworks is being developed by the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. It is part of the Open University Learning Design Initiative and is funded by both JISC and The Open University.



Cohere is described as a visual tool ‘to create, connect and share Ideas. Back them up with websites. Support or challenge them. Embed them to spread virally. Discover who - literally - connects with your thinking.’ It was developed at the OU following experience using Compendium.


JISC Digital Media logoJISC Digital Media

JISC Digital Media exists to help the UK's FE and HE communities embrace and maximise the use of digital media - and to achieve solutions that are, innovative, practical and cost effective.


Cloudworks logoMindmapping tools for use with OER

Great examples of mindmapping tools (some with explanations from users) in Cloudworks. Thanks to Giota (OLnet) for this recommendation.


OER Handbook for EducatorsOER Handbook for Educators

This handbook is designed to help educators find, use, develop and share OER to enhance their effectiveness online and in the classroom


This list is far from exhaustive so we welcome any further examples you have used to add to the list. Contact us.