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Thousands of Free Online Course Materials Are Available and Easy to Find

FREE Online Course Materials are building blocks for course curriculum. Faculty can construct their complete course by selecting online materials to cover individual topics or learning objectives. Open Course Materials are part of a larger category of Open Educational Resources (OER) that includes whole courses, open textbooks, as well as small instructional modules that make up the Open Course Materials. Typically, learning management systems make it easy for the faculty to add links to these resources for the weekly instructional schedule.

BROWSE CSU’s MERLOT COLLECTION of over 40,000 FREE OPEN COURSE MATERIALS Click on the links to the major topics below and you’ll be able to navigate to free online resources you can use in our classes within the MERLOT library (

Many of the materials you’ll find in MERLOT have been peer reviewed by higher education faculty with expertise in using online resources. Looking for a video explanation on MERLOT and how to use it to find free course content? Click to MERLOT’s YouTube Channel and view a video of your choosing.

Looking for other online collections of free course materials? Go to MERLOT's 'Search Other Libraries' and search other digital libraries individually or simultaneously.

Find Free Course Materials Related to a Book

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

Find Free Course Materials Related to a Topic

Enter key words below to find related FREE course materials.

Share Free Course Materials You're Using or Authored

Are you using free course materials you found on the web in teaching your students? Have you posted free course materials online that’s open for others to use? We invite you to catalog the online course materials you use or authored 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 to MERLOT are available).