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Faculty guide to Open Educational Resources (OER): English

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

About this guide

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. 

The Library Liaison for English is Althea Lazzaro.

Writing Resources

Open Courses and Texts


English Online Courses -- Saylor

Pre-College English,

English Composition I,

English Composition II,

CC BY resources unless otherwise noted. Includes quizzes and resources in each online course.



Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence

Open SUNY Textbook. “Designed for students who have largely mastered high-school level conventions of formal academic writing and are now moving beyond the five-paragraph essay to more advanced engagement with text. It is well suited to composition courses or first-year seminars and valuable as a supplemental or recommended text in other writing-intensive classes.” CC BY NC SA license. Available as PDF, e-book, and web page (html).


Rhetoric and Composition: A Guide for the College Writer

Wikibooks open textbook “designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs, written as a practical guide for students struggling to bring their writing up to the level expected of them by their professors and instructors.” CC BY SA license. Available as web page, printable version, and PDF download.


Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode

English Department, Utah State University. Open online course focuses on critical readings and strategies for persuasive research writing. Resources organized into 16 weekly modules. Each module includes objectives, readings, and related assignments. CC BY NC SA license. Available as web page or course download.


Writing handbooks and supplementary materials


Writing Spaces

Peer-reviewed essays could be used as supplemental materials. “Writing Spaces is an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses. Each volume in the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing series contains peer-reviewed collections of essays about writing—all composed by teachers for students—with each book available for download for free under a Creative Commons license.” Essays are CC licensed so you can remix them. Click the “Downloads” tab to browse and download essays.


English in The World Today -- The Open University

“This unit introduces you to the role that English plays in the world today, and examines the social, political and cultural factors that have influenced its development. It traces the history of the language from its arrival in Britain in the fifth century AD through to the present day and its status as a language with a truly global reach. It looks at how and why English came to occupy this position, and at what the consequences of its global spread are for the way it’s used and perceived around the world.” CC BY NC SA license. Available as web page (linked to separate chapters/sections or as a single page) or e-book download.


Writing Commons

“A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.” “Webtexts” are like stand-alone modules, activities, and supplemental materials.

Note from their site about their CC licenses: “All webtexts are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Most webtexts are licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license, but a few are published under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. The copyright for each webtext is either printed on the article or on the footer of the site. Feel free to print, email, PDF and hyperlink to webtexts.”


The Writing Center @ UNC- Chapel Hill

Strong handouts and a few videos around key writing concepts, most having to do with structure and mechanics. Very nice citation pieces for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE (click the “Citation Resources” link). Also includes handouts on writing for specific fields. CC BY NC ND license.


Research & Information Literacy