New Creative Commons photo search engine

New CC Search engine from Creative Commons

Creative Commons has introduced a new search engine, CC Search, for finding images that use its licenses. 

The engine searches several image repositories (including Flickr, the New York Public Library, and The Met) for access to over nine million images with open licenses. For more on the new search engine, read “Creative Commons unveils a new photo search engine” by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch.

Images are a great way to add interest to pre-existing OER materials.

Try out CC Search.

Summer 2017 OER Stipends at Lane

We are pleased to announce that we’ll be starting the process to award stipends for OER course development work for this coming summer. Awards will be in the form of curriculum development hours to convert non-OER courses to OER courses using existing OER materials. Awards will be up to 70 hours of curriculum development funds to complete the work over the summer in time for the upcoming Fall ’17, Winter ’18 or Spring ’18 terms.

  • Stipend application closes – Beginning of Spring Term – April 7
  • Announce awards – Week 3 of Spring term – April 21
  • Questions? Feel free to send inquiries to

The Application for Lane’s Summer 2017 OER Stipends is now open.

Public Domain Images from The Met

Painter Guido Reni's "The Immaculate Conception"
The Immaculate Conception by Guido Reni, CC0 and downloaded via the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digital collection.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just changed the licenses of approximately 375,000 images to Creative Commons Zero, or CC0, licenses. This places the images into the public domain and allows for their free download and unrestricted use.

Search The Met’s collection of public domain works.

For more information on this policy change, read the full story “Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Free” by Joshua Barone for the New York Times.

A Global Conversation About OER

In anticipation of our time together on Thursday, 2/5/15 in the CML at 3:00, we have some more materials that can help shed more light on Open Educational Resources  (OER) if you aren’t as familiar with them as we may be. If you are starting at zero, Creative Commons has a good point of departure to help define what they are. The New Media Consortium has a good overview in this PDF as well, approaching it from the standpoint of how libraries can play a role in partnering with faculty when they look at adopting OER.

We have a bit of a history using OER at Lane and are perceived as a leader in the way we’ve encouraged faculty participation in the adoption of OER in classes. While this has been a great start, we have only just begun and are looking how the college should move forward.

In addition to the materials we sent out on Monday, we’ve added a few more to see different perspectives on OER from students and faculty at Lane.

Students Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Faculty Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Results from an ASLCC survey of students on main campus in the Fall of 2014. This was a face to face poll of the Lane student body, originating from the work that ASLCC had taken amongst themselves to do.

Join Us for a Global Conversation About Open Educational Resources

You are cordially invited to join us for the next topic in Lane’s Global Conversation series. Bill Schuetz and Ian Coronado will be asking for input around the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER) and what should be done to encourage their adoption at Lane.

The meeting will be February 5th, from 3:00pm to 4:30 in CML 214.

In advance of the meeting, we’ve included some resources to help bring you up to speed.

What are Open Educational Resources?

What do other educators say about them?

A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation

What have other colleges done with OER?

 Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation

Maricopa Millions

Maricopa Community Colleges District has the goal of trying to save students 5 million dollars over the next 5 years in textbook costs by offering OER or low-cost alternatives. They seem to be on track as they were able to hit 1.4 million in savings in their 1st year alone.

Part of their solution includes a class search option that filters out any classes that has a textbook cost greater than $40.

Can I Still Publish My Materials If I Use Them In An OER?

At times, someone will ask if OERs and publishing are mutually exclusive.  “If I do this, won’t I be excluding myself out of the publishing community?”

Given how easy it is now to self-publish, the answer is definitely no.  Seth Godin has a few words on this topic from the excellent documentary PressPausePlay.


The fellowship has been a wonderful learning experience for me–both in better understanding OER and in using Moodle more fully.

Thank you all for your very helpful and informative posts. And, Jen, thank you so much for all your helpful guidance through this process.

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A Few of My Favorite Resources

Here’s a quick rundown of the resources I use on a regular basis:

CK-12: CK-12 is a nonprofit organization that creates and curates academic content. While they focus primarily on STEM content, they do have some Language Arts and history content. CK-12 offers text files, quizzes, videos, study guides, and other content resources at a wide range of levels. I love two things about the CK-12 texts – first, most topics are offered at basic/at grade/advanced level options, and second, all text is completely editable. You can download complete textbooks, put your own text together from individual sections, or create a book from scratch. I created my own textbook from section files that matched my course content, then edited them for content and age-appropriateness. Also cool – texts can be linked to online or downloaded as pdfs, files for Kindles, or files for tablets. I especially like those last two options – they not only save students the cost of a text, but the cost of printing a digital text.

My Open Math: Another great, versatile site with a wealth of resources. My Open Math can function on its own as a course management site, or can be connected to Moodle. Instructors can build entire courses (import pre-build courses, start completely from scratch, or somewhere in between) that include textbooks, videos, assessments, links, etc. I primarily use My Open Math for two things – to create online practice assessments (drawn from MOM’s algorithmically generated question banks) for my students to complete during lab sessions, and to create problem sets for use in class – there is an option to generate paper versions of exercises created within the system. Despite the occasional glitch, the system is generally reliable and provides a decent variety of question types for most subjects. Arithmetic and geometry content is scant, but there are many algebra, college algebra, calculus, etc. options. As with CK-12, instructors can edit questions and use MOM tools to create questions. Highly recommended.

Tyler Wallace’s Beginning and Intermediate Algebra textbook: An open textbook with student solutions manual and workbooks. An editable version of all files is also available for download.

Kuta Software free worksheets: Kuta Software sells a program for generating customized math worksheets, but also provides a rather extensive bank of sample worksheets free on its website. Topics range from PreAlgebra to Calculus.

Khan Academy: I use Khan’s videos for homework assignments (previewing the next day’s lesson) and additional help outside of class; I’ve also used the practice exercises as additional review for students.

Braingenie: A component of CK-12, Braingenie is a gamified tutorial/practice site for math and science. Students can complete practice quizzes for various topics and units; they can also join “multiplayer” quizzes with other students using the site.

Blendspace: This website allows teachers to “bundle” resources found on the web – media files, pdfs, links, etc. – and share lessons with students and other teachers. I’ve been using Blendspace to create sets of practice/review materials for the various topics I cover in class. The site is extremely easy to use, and blended lessons are easy to embed into Moodle.

Dr. John Rasp’s Statistics Website: A collection of diverse data sets that can be downloaded as Excel spreadsheets. Great for real-life stats practice, linear modeling, etc.

NBC Learn: Again, mainly a paid service of the NBC network, but provides a section of educational videos that are accessible for free. Lots of STEM videos related to sports (my fave is on the science and math of hockey).

The Math Dude: Quick and Dirty Tips: Short, readable explanations of various math topics. Some interesting and fun seasonal/cultural math topics. Free, printable pdf worksheets on a variety of basic math topics. Good for review. Another free worksheet generator. Basic math – geometry.