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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Arts and Education OERs

Where to start tips...

  1. Remember to keep a note of all your searches because OERs can be from multiple places
  2. Begin your search with this OER website:

3. Did you find a suitable resource? (If not, search the OER sites below or look for DRM-Free resources via the A-Z Databases)

4. If found, evaluate the source

5. Check license restrictions and apply where necessary

6. Adapt and don't forget to attribute the author (if applicable)

Other Recommended Platforms

  • Future Learn - Performing Arts
    Find specific courses on screenwriting, theater performance and film studies.
  • Lumen Learning - Art History
    Online open textbook covering prehistoric to 20th-century art across the world.
  • MIT Open Courseware - Music, and Theater Arts
    MIT Open Courseware offers an extensive series of online courses, such as play writing and philosophy in film. Course format generally includes lecture videos, interactive concept quizzes (solution key), problem sets, terms and definitions, suggested topics and links, and exams (with solution key).
  • Project Gutenberg
    Offers over 53,000 free eBooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. This page lists highlights selected art books and books about artists, including practical methods and specialties, as well as general works on art and art history, plus visitor guides to art expos, galleries, and museums.
  • Scootle
    Portal to the National Digital Learning Resources Network that contains over 20,000 digital resources that are free for use in all Australian schools. The resources are made available to teachers through State and Territory portals or Scootle. Tertiary academics and pre-service teachers can now access resources through the Scootle portal.  You must register.
  • Shakespeare's Hamlet: Text, Performance and Culture
    Experts from the Shakespeare Institute guide an exploration of the most famous play ever staged.
  • JSTOR Open Access Books and Journals
    Direct link to teaching and education material in JSTOR.
  • Teaching Commons
    Find OER "from leading colleges and universities" in disciplines including Education from UMass Amherst. The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.
  • Writing Commons
    A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.

Communication and Creative Arts

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Gender and Sexuality Studies

Literature and Writing

Performance: Dance and Drama

Professional Communication


Visual Art and Photography


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Early Childhood Education


Outdoor play




There is a truly enormous range of OER works available covering the topic of teaching and designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs.  We recommend  and using the process outlined in how to find an OER for other works.

Education: Language learning

There is a wide and varied range of books for people wishing to learn an acquired language or teach students to do so.  We recommend starting  with the PressBooks Language Teaching and Learning directory and using the process outlined in how to find an OER for other works.