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FREE online materials of entire courses (syllabus, presentations, assignments, and assessments) published by select universities are available for you. Simply click on a major topic heading and browse through the MERLOT collection of Free Online Courses.


Using the links below you can browse for Open CourseWare in SkillsCommons by various Occupations identified by the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes.  The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System is a United States government system of classifying occupations. It is used by U.S. federal government agencies collecting occupational data, enabling comparison of occupations across data sets. For more information visit the U. S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classifciation (SOC) system.


Open Education Consortium: A Worldwide Collection of Free Online Course Curriculum

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Higher education institutions around the world have been posting their curriculum for entire courses online and providing people permission to freely use and to use for free the open courseware.


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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s)

A MOOC is a type of FREE online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in the area of distance education, and a progression of the kind of open education ideals suggested by open educational resources.

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Here are few quick links to OCW provided by other higher education institutions

ADD Free eTextbooks You're Using or Created Into MERLOT

Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


Enter key words below to search the SkillsCommons library for Free Workforce Development OER


Enter key words below to search the MERLOT library for Free eTextbooks

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Enter the ISBN of a book below to find related FREE eTextbooks.