Content Resources

In EMS... Open Educational Resources

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State makes the majority of its online courseware openly accessible to the Internet community. The resources are freely available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.

At Penn State... iStudy

The iStudy for Success! modules provide an introduction to college-level learning, focusing on areas in which first-year students often need to build skills, such as study methods, time management, and communication. The modules help students prepare for the work that lies ahead of them, both academically and on the job. Each module is designed so that it can stand alone or be used in combination with other modules and materials. An instructor can incorporate as many or as few modules as desired into an ANGEL course and sequence them in any order.

Beyond Penn State


PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. These simulations enable students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world.

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is a collection of professionally-produced animations and video clips (like Nova clips!) that are free for use and categorized by academic discipline.


MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. It is a "referatory" to online learning materials, along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit collection of 2,400+ instructional free videos covering everything from math to physics, finance and history. This is a great resources for students that need remediation (or instruction). Practice exercises built on a mastery learning model are available for many of the resources.

National Geographic Education

National Geographic Education houses a vast collection of online educational resources including maps, photos, news stories, and audio and video clips.


Energyville is an interactive game produced by Chevron that puts the player in charge of coordinating the energy demands of a city. 

On The Cutting Edge: Collection of Visualizations on Geoscience Topics

On The Cutting Edge: Collection of Visualizations on Geoscience Topics is a great collection of freely-available animations, images, and models related to the geosciences.

Legal Sources of Online Content (from Educause)

Legal Sources of Online Content (from Educause) is a nice collection of legal online content! This is a great place to point students to...but be careful about "grabbing" content from these sources and embedding it in your own materials. Always check each site's copyright policy! 

PedagoNet - Learning Resources Search Engine

According to the site, PedagoNet "facilitates the exchange of learning materials and resources." Kind of like a pedogical swap meet! The main feature of the site is a searchable learning resource database where one can locate resources for both K-12 and higher education. Resources include websites, CD-ROMs, print materials, slides, videos, etc. 

FREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

FREE contains a listing of free educational resources provided by the U.S. Federal government.


FedStats contains statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies. This is useful for any course where faculty or students need to consult statistics!

Utah State OpenCourseWare

Utah State OpenCourseWare "is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities." It includes courses in 20 different academic departments.