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Faculty guide to Open Educational Resources (OER): Business & BTM

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 for Business is David Ellenwood. 


Lumen Learning’s business courses -- then click on “Business” in the top navigation

These are complete, open courses. All materials are under flexible copyright licenses and can be used/copied/adapted free of charge. Includes Technical Writing, Accounting, International Business, Economic, Management, and Marketing topics.


Open Textbook Library - Business, Management, and Marketing

These are complete OER textbooks under flexible copyright licenses, so they can be edited and adapted. Some have reviews. Wide range of Business topics!


BUS 101: Introduction to Business, Open Course Library

This is a project out of Washington community colleges, curating and creating open and low cost materials for high-enrollment courses. Click on the “Browse” button to view their course materials for BUS 101. Includes course modules and course resources.



Open online course; most materials used are under flexible copyright and can be copied/adapted under CC BY license


Boundless Business

Complete course including text, powerpoint slides, quizzes, etc. Looks like intro to business. The content is free; if you want to use their platform for homework/grading/etc. then cost to students is $30


BCOpenEd campus search for business

Can also narrow down to specific areas of Business using left navigation menu. This is a curated collection of many different Business-related open textbooks. CC licenses vary. Reviews, if any, are linked.


Merlot - subject search for business

Continue to use left sidebar subjects to narrow. These linked results are for online courses, and licenses vary.


Small Business Administration Learning Center

Links to over 60 self-paced “online trainings” that can also be viewed/downloaded in text. Some include additional materials, like workbooks. Resources in public domain because government agency, part of Open Government Initiative


Khan Academy -- Economics and finance

Video tutorials on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Entrepreneurship, and Finance and capital markets. Open access, can link to.


OpenLearn - Business Studies

Free videos, tutorials, and complete courses related to business. Scroll down to view “Free OpenLearn courses,” which also have icons to indicate video, audio, free course extract, and activities.


Open Culture - 150 Free Online Business Courses

A long list of podcasts, lectures, videos; many from universities. Site does have a lot of ads.


Pierce College BUS 101, Introduction to Business

Online and publicly open Canvas course, separated into 9 modules. CC BY.


Fundamentals of Business, Virginia Tech

Fundamentals of Business (2016) is an openly licensed (CC BY NC SA 3.0) textbook designed for use in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business introductory level business course, MGT1104 Foundations of Business.


Professional Communication OER Modules

“A series of modules intended for use in Higher Education courses or by independent learners… the resource will be useful for instructors whose courses cover introductory communication skills, workplace communication, technical communication or business writing. The resources is openly available under a Creative Commons license, and may be reused or adapted. It contains four modules, each with its own lesson plans, assets, assessments and supporting materials.” Four modules: Foundations, Writing, Presentation, and Interpersonal. CC BY license


Accounting Resources

Professional Communication