OER Courseware Modules

The "courseware modules" linked below represent substantial portions of the resources provided to students who register in participating Penn State classes. These resources are available for reuse by teachers and learners worldwide who do not intend to apply for admission, register for classes, or pursue a certificate or degree at Penn State. The resources are freely available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license. Please see the License section for more information.

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Listing of Open Courseware by Academic Unit

Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering

Home Activity One
EGEE 102

Department of Geography

GEOG 585
GEOG 585

Department of Geosciences


Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Department of Meteorology

Satellite Image Resolution
Resolution of Satellite Images

Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

GeoWall Visualization
GeoWall Visualization

Earth and Mineral Sciences Writing Center

Writing Personal Statements Online
Writing Personal Statements Online

Outreach Resources

  • AE 868: Commercial Solar Electric Systems
    Author/Instructor: Mohamed Amer Chaaban
  • ASTRO 801: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
    Author/Instructor: Dr. Christopher Palma
    ASTRO 801 is a required course in Penn State's online Masters of Education in Earth Sciences. The course is designed specifically for secondary science teachers who seek to enrich their knowledge and bring a contemporary understanding of Earth’s place in the Universe to their classrooms.  We were fortunate to be able to collaborate with the Eberly College of Science in the development of this course.
  • PNG 550: Reactive Transport in the Subsurface
    Author/Instructor: Dr. Li Li
  • Energy Future Panel, November 2009 - Video Resources multimedia
    Panel Members: Nancy Tuana, Paul Moser, Rose Monahan, Tom Richard, Jonathan Matthews, Steve Maruszewski, Christian Becker, Lisa Brown
  • Energy Workshop: Energy 101
    The basics of energy, from measurement, regulation, and pricing, to the exciting new opportunities in energy efficiency, green architecture, and renewable energy.
    Authors: Penn State Public Broadcasting & College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
  • Energy Workshop: Strategic Energy Planning
    Strategic Energy Planning - Understand operational choices relating to energy supply and market pricing, pricing options, technology efficiencies, financial incentives. Focus budget dollars on core operations.
    Authors: Penn State Public Broadcasting & College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
  • Fuels for Schools & Beyond
    A case study on the development of a biomass heating system for the Elk Regional Health Center in St. Mary’s, PA told via presentations on project planning, funding development, the forestry and the timber business, technology and equipment, and facility maintenance.
    Authors: Penn State Public Broadcasting & College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
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