We believe in open educational opportunities for all people, everywhere.

What is OPEN.ED?

Launched in 2007, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' OER initiative enables departments and individual faculty to provide resources free-of-charge under a Creative Commons license. As long as they adhere to the license, teachers and learners around the world are free to download, remix, translate, localize, and make these materials their own.

Who Created the Content?

Faculty members across the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences participate in creating these materials. Anyone at Penn State is free to contribute as well using the Creative Commons license. If you are interested in contributing materials to this site, please contact us at open@ems.psu.edu.

Who Maintains OPEN.ED?

The OPEN.ED effort is maintained by faculty and staff in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, which serves as the learning design unit for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. We work in close partnership with the College's academic units to design, develop, and manage high-quality online courses and programs that utilize the latest research in education and technology.

How is OPEN.ED Content Licensed?

Materials on this site are freely available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license. You are free to download, remix, translate, localize, and make these materials your own, as long as you adhere to the terms of the license. See our Terms of Use for details about how to cite our material.

How Do I Get Started?

Go to Courses to browse our catalog, or begin your search. A search will look through course descriptions, authors and keywords.

What if I Have a Question?

If you have questions, please Contact Us. If you'd prefer to contact us through email, our address is open@ems.psu.edu.

Course Spotlight

From Advanced Python Programming for GIS (GEOG 489), learn advanced applications of Python for developing and customizing GIS software, designing user interfaces, solving complex geoprocessing tasks, and leveraging open source.Visit the course.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Tim Bralower standing on a research ship

Dr. Tim Bralower (Ph.D. 1986, Earth Sciences, University of California) is Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. He studies ancient climate change and mass extinction from the geological record. He has participated in five expeditions with the International Ocean Discovery Program and conducted field studies from Europe to the Caribbean and South America. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Bralower was Head of the Department of Geosciences for nine years. See what Dr. Bralower has to say about online education in Earth Sciences.