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OER in TVET Resources

The platforms and services listed below provide access to openly licensed content for TVET. (See also: websites offering Public Domain images).

Athabasca University Open Courseware


The Open Courseware site at Athabasca University offers its courses online open for anyone. Athabasca University is a recognized online and distance learning university in Canada.

BCcampus OpenEd (Open Textbook Collection)


Find free and open textbooks. They are original creations or major adaptations of existing works, funded by and published by BCcampus.

BX businessXplainer


BX was started in 2018 and aims to become a global community for lifelong free business learning and useful contacts. The basic idea of the service is to provide a collaboration platform that provides the opportunity to collect, organize and share free business learning content and to build a useful business community that educates and connects people and organizations for business. The service covers areas such as business planning, procurement, marketing, and logistics.

CC Search


Search openly licensed (creative commons) content across different platforms offering multimedia content such as video, audio and images (e.g. YouTube, Wikimedia Commons, etc.)



Create, share and explore K-12 contents.

Digital Green Community Videos


Provides more than 5,000 (in 2017) locally relevant community videos in more than 50 languages. Contents are mostly from India. Categories of the videos include Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Health and Horticulture.

DOER - Directory of Open Educational Resources


Gives access to OER collections provided by Commonwealth educational institutions. One of the collections is in the area of Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD).

Google Search, filtered for "free-to-use" content


Google search offers an easy way to limit your query to openly licensed images: On the image tab you can click on the "Tools" button and filter by "usage right" e.g. pictures of welding that are open for reuse. But you can also limit any other Google search in such a way that only openly licensed materials (including OER) are shown. Here's an example of such an advanced search for welding related resources that are "free to use or share": Welding resources (see bottom, "narrow your results by usage rights"). Note that the filters are aligned with the CC license scheme.

Jorum (Jisc)


The service offers learning and research resources across the higher education, further education and skills sectors. One outstanding TVET resource is the “Hairdressing Training”, featuring curriculum mapped hairdressing and barbering resources, created for and by further education and skills practitioners, featuring video tutorials and step-by-step guides.

Khan Academy


Offers learning materials for K-12 and higher education, directed at learners, teachers and parents. Practice exercises, instructional videos and personalized learning dashboard service offered.

Knowledge to Work


The service provides information on career pathways, competency frameworks, and free and low-cost learning resources especially focused on Health Information Management, Information Technology, and Administrative Support Technology.

Learning Design Tool Australian Flexible Learning Framework


LDT is a tool where you can design your own learning materials with the support of its guideline. Browse through its “Resources” and “Templates” to aid your creation of learning design.



LibreTexts claims to be the most visited online OER textbook project, covering subjects like: Chemistry, Biology, Geosciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Photosciences, and Humanities.



The MERLOT collection consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific free and open learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages. Materials are contributed and used by an international education community.

MIT OpenCourseWare


Browse free and open publication of materials from thousands of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) courses, covering the entire MIT curriculum.



Offers open educational resources for secondary school level in Norway. Vocational contents can be found under the “Content” category.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL)


Collection of open resources specifically focused on STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics) area.



Learn, copy and download NPTEL’s 900+ science and engineering courses.



The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) online repository features some excellent openly licensed flexible learning resources in key TVET areas. Most of the documents are pdf files.

OER Commons


Public digital library of OER at a variety of levels and subjects. Allows educators to explore, create, and collaborate with each other to improve curriculy. The platform offers an authoring tool to help build OER and combine them in the form of lesson plans and courses.

OER Africa


Browse OER created by African institutions of higher education. OER Africa supports higher education institutions across Africa in the development and use of OER.

Open Learn


OpenLearn provides numerous courses in different sectors. “Skills for work” and “Skills for study” are found under the “Skills” category. Examples of vocational training courses: My career goal: Nail technician, Manufacturing

OpenLearn Create (LabSpace)


Offers free and open courses for online and offline use and allows users to create, publish and share their own free courses in areas like "Skills for work", "General Life skills", "Skills for learning", or "Workforce Development. Some examples of skills training: Caring for adults, Computing for Schools – Communication and Networks, and Health Education and Training (HEAT - training courses for healthcare workers across sub-Saharan Africa)

Open SUNY Textbooks


SUNY’s OER service allows students to freely and openly access its textbooks. It supports the development of new, original low-cost openly-licensed learning materials. The materials are constantly created and shared.

OpenStax CNX


Serves as an online library containing educational materials at all levels, from K-12 to higher education.

Open Textbook Library


Access and download textbooks in different subjects. Freely use, adapt and distribute.

PhET Interactive Simulations


PhET offers interactive simulations for Science and Math developed on the basis of education research. The intuitive and game-like environment encourages students to learn through exploration and discovery.



Search, view and download educational and learning objects in different formats. The contents are created by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and contributors of the educational community.

Saylor Academy


Learn from its free, online, and self-paced courses. Offers nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels.

Skills Commons


Browse through a comprehensive collection of workforce training materials created by over 700 community colleges across the United States. College course materials like lecture presentations and syllabus can be found. It is organized according to US Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes.

Smart Study


Contains over 1000 open textbooks and learning resources for all subjects in high school and college level. “Study & Writing Tips for Smart Students.”



TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. The videos are accompanied by quizzes, additional resources and discussions.

TESDA Online Program (e-tesda)


Provides technical education and skills development services to a broader audience/wide range of users/all learners at a lesser cost. Offers vocational training courses such as Housekeeping NC II and Massage Therapy NC II.

The Orange Grove


Online collection of textbooks and educational materials available to students for free. Textbooks are available for a range of courses, from Precalculus to Oceanography to English Composition.

TVET Academy


The TVET Academy offers entire courses of TVET related instructions and guides by way of video and pdf files. The amount of available training contents vary depending on country and theme. (The service is in development, some of the links under the tab "Area of activity" are not yet available).

UNESCO-UNEVOC Learning and Working campaign


This set of short films created by UNESCO-UNEVOC shows mostly traditional techniques and skills (such as working with metal, wood, cement, pottery, or using small machines or needle & thread) in Haiti. The Skills Development Package “Learning and Working” was produced with the intention to motivate people living in adverse economic conditions to enroll in technical and vocational education and training courses and take up self-employment activities in order to improve their economic situation.



Upload, share, discover, and download videos to the platform. A video management tool allows for uploading high quality videos and assigning open licenses. The search tool offers a filter to find videos according to the license applied (click on "more filters" on the left for that function).



Browse and edit open-content textbooks. Wikibooks has two sub-projects; Wikijunior for children until age 12 and the Cookbook a collection of recipes and culinary topics.

Wisconsin Online Resource Center


Offers contents ranging from corporate learning solutions to instructional programs. Wisc-online offers several technical learning materials like; barber/cosmetology, aeronautics and welding.

XPERT (Xerte Public E-learning ReposiTory)


Browse open educational resources with its search engine.



Offers a substantial range of e-learning content. Vocational training contents can be found under the “Vocational” section. Example: Hair and Beauty and Catering and Hospitality.



YouTube is an ever growing video platform. While most of the videos have little educational value, there are still many that have the potential to be used for educational purposes or in training contexts, some of them openly licensed and thus legally downloadable. You can select to search for "Creative Commons" licensed videos by clicking ‘filter’ (top right) when a search result is displayed.

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