OpenStax is part of Rice University, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. As an educational initiative, it’s our mission to improve educational access and learning for everyone. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, we’re breaking down the most common barriers to learning. Because we believe that everyone should and can have access to knowledge.

Open Course Library

The Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Some of our materials (also called open educational resources, or OER) are paired with low cost textbooks ($30 or less). Many of the courses can be taught at no cost to students. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license. OCL courses and materials have undergone testing for accessibility and have been designed using the industry-standard Quality Matters (QM) rubric for assessing the quality of online courses.


MIT’s Open CourseWare, which started the open educational resource movement, is still one of the best OERs for both students and professors.
Students can search for courses by topic using the course finder tool. When you locate one that piques your attention, you can check the course objectives, major subjects, and order to see whether it will satisfy your requirements. Instead of completing a single course from beginning to end, you can cherry-pick particular themes you want to learn about from a variety of courses.
If you’re a teacher, you can search for courses using terms like “Active Learning” or “Instructional Design” on the OCW Educator Portal. The OCW resource library also provides access to useful instructional resources from MIT’s top academics, including photos, lecture slides, and videos.