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Faculty guide to Open Educational Resources (OER): STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

A guide for faculty at Seattle Central College who wish to adopt or create OER course materials

About this page

This page contains a sampling of available Open Education Resources (OER) in your discipline. For more information about OER, or for guidance about incorporating open practices and/or low cost materials into your course, please contact your subject liaison librarian. 

Your Liaison Librarian is Alyssa Jocson-Porter





Environmental Studies


Engineering Resources


Information Technology/ Computer Science


Information Technology


Introduction to Programming in Java for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MIT open course, 2010)

This course primarily uses the “Think Java” text -- additional Java resources under the “Related Resources” link

CC BY NC SA license

Click the “Assignments” for assignment files and supporting code files


Computer Science I OER course at Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon

Uses the textbook Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Sedgewick and Wayne). All rights reserved but free to access and use for educational use. Can request an instructor copy of the text and lecture slides.


IT: Supplemental/ancillary resources


What’s New in Java 8 (Davis)

Online book, CC BY NC SA license

“What’s New in Java 8 is a short introduction to Java 8, the only publicly supported version. The book aims to offer a basic understanding of the new features and be ready to start using it. You’ll need a good understanding of Java the language and the JVM to reap the full benefits of the book. The author helps you understand Java 8, including Project Lambda, the new Date-Time API, Streams, Nashorn, and more.”


Learn Java Programming with 9 Excellent Free Open-Source Books” article form OSS Blog, 2017





Teaching Manuals - Engaging Mathematics

"An initiative of the National Center for Science and    Civic Engagement,Engaging Mathematics    applies     the well-established SENCER method to college-level mathematics courses, with the    goal of using civic issues to make math more relevant to students." Different CC licenses on various textbooks, available to download as Word, PDF, or e-book formats.



List of open textbooks for mathematics, in the areas of: Arithmetic, Pre-algebra, Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Math in Liberal Arts, Statistics, and Higher Math. Brief reviews and openness ratings for each book. Provides a link for each resource to “homepage,” which redirects you to the original source (and files) for the open textbook, plus a link to “order,” where you can order a print-on-demand copy of the textbook.



MyOpenMath is designed for mathematics, providing delivery of homework, quizzes, and tests with rich mathematical content. MyOpenMath can be used to web-enhance an on-campus course, as part of hybrid course, or to run a fully online course. There’s a video link provided to see how other instructors use MyOpenMath, plus a list of textbooks aligned for the pre-built courses. Links together specific chapters with related videos, homework, quizzes, etc.



“GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package.” GeoGebra can be embedded in MyOpenMath with parameters passed between them. You are free to copy, distribute and transmit GeoGebra for non-commercial purposes.


Open Textbook Initiative (American Institute of Mathematics)

“The American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) seeks to encourage the adoption of open source and open access mathematics textbooks. The AIM Editorial Board has developed evaluation criteria to identify the books that are suitable for use in traditional university courses. The Editorial Board maintains a list of Approved Textbooks which have been judged to meet these criteria.” Click on the Approved Textbooks link to view multiple textbooks in many different math categories, from Liberal Arts Math to Statistics.


Top free resources for teaching and learning Mathematics

Links and info about a combination of free-to-use and OER online math resources for lesson plans, games, videos, and more.



WeBWorK is an open-source online homework system for math and sciences courses. WeBWorK is supported by the MAA and the NSF and comes with a National Problem Library (NPL) of over 20,000 homework problems.


Information about WeBWorK-MathBook XML Bridge Project,


Scottsdale Community College Math Department  

Faculty have written four math textbooks and final exam reviews and made them available for download.


OER Math Blog (Scottsdale Community College)

A list of open and sharable resources and tools utilized by the SCC Math Department (organized by class).



UK site that provides ancillary materials for a variety of math classes and topics. The site is browsable by classes, math topic, or resource type. You can also filter topics by audience:  staff or students, or both. The materials on mathcentre are licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND (Attribution - Non-Commerical - No Derivates) License.