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

pile of maps

Cartography and Visualization (GEOG 486) covers design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools. Students will be introduced to future-focused application topics such as augmented and virtual reality, mapping with multivariate glyphs, the visual depiction of uncertainty, interactive geovisualization, and (geo)visual analytics, and decision-making with maps and mapping products. Visit the course.

Faculty Spotlight

Maria Wherley

Maria Scalzi Wherley (she, her) is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Learn more about Maria to see what she has to say about online education.