The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' OER initiative

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' OER initiative

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Many faculty members of Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences create digital educational resources for use by students in Penn State courses. Faculty participants in the College's OER initiative have contributed their work on this site voluntarily for use by teachers and learners around the world who can't afford to enroll in formal classes, or who don't need to earn academic credit. Launched in 2007, the College's OER Initiative was featured in Penn State Live on July 29, 2008.

Resources include digital video, texts, simulations, animations and illustrations, all organized by course. Links to the resources, which Penn State calls "courseware modules," appear in the Courseware section of this site.

Want to use these resources?

The College's open educational resources are freely available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license. You'll find more information, including a link to the license, in the License section.

Want to register for academic credit?

Most of our open resources are used in formal online courses in which students register to gain access to Penn State faculty and to earn academic credit. To learn how to register, visit the Register page.

Want to open your resources?

We welcome contributions from Penn State faculty courseware authors as well as from those who wish to provide financial support needed to promote the initiative. For more information please visit the Contribute page.


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