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Open Educational Resources


This page has featured OER from other U.S. Government agencies.

First Lady Laura Bush joins students of Florida City Elementary School for the National Park Service's Junior Ranger "First Bloom" planting event in Everglades National Park on February 6, 2008 (Image source: NAID: 172544092)

U.S. Government OER

Many U.S. Government agencies offer OER for the general public. Topics range from how to conduct biomedical research to how to access scientific datasets.

Click on each tab of this box to learn more about the featured agencies and their OER.

Office of Educational Technology (OET)
Under the U.S. Department of Education, the mission of OET includes "promoting equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology."
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Open Education

  • Find out more information about openly licensed educational resources for educators.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
An agency under the Department of Human and Health Services, the mission of NIH is to "seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability."
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Rigor and Reproducibility: Training

  • Learn more about the processes to design and perform rigorous scientific research in the biomedical field.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
One of 15 Executive Departments, the mission of the DOL is to "foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights."
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Open Educational Resources

  • Check out some OER resources from the DOL's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.
U.S. Department of State
This Executive Department's mission is "to protect and promote U.S. security, prosperity, and democratic values and shape an international environment in which all Americans can thrive."
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American English

  • Developed by the Department's Office of English Language Programs, check out the free resources for learning and teaching American English and culture.
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Established in 1949 as an independent Federal agency, GSA's mission is to "deliver the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the American people."
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  • Since 2009, this online resource provides free access to data sets from various Federal agencies' research projects. Topics include energy, agriculture, climate, and more.

U.S. Government K-12 OER

Educators, students, and kids can find several U.S. Government agencies that provide K-12 instructional materials as OER. Lesson plans range from analyzing historic documents to conducting scientific observations. Among the featured agencies below are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, and Smithsonian Institution.

Click on the tabs of this box to learn more about the featured U.S. Government agencies and their K-12 OER.

Library of Congress (LC)
As the largest library in the world with more than 173 million items, LC's mission is to "engage, inspire, and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity."
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Education Resources from the Library of Congress

  • Discover lesson plans and professional development opportunities for educators, including, Poetry 180, and more.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Established in 1958, NASA's mission is to "explore the unknown in air and space, innovate for the benefit of humanity, and inspire the world through discovery."
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Explore STEM Resources for K-12 Educators

  • See the diverse collections by topics and grade levels, including about the James Webb Space Telescope, Mars missions, and black holes. Resources are for K-12 and college students.
National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this Federal agency's mission "supports fundamental biomedical research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention."
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STEM Teaching Resources

  • Managed by the NIGMS, this check out free resource from the institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health on a variety of topics, including genetics, scientific methods, the environment, and more.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Under the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA is a Federal science agency that "provides data, tools, and services that support coastal economies and their contribution to the national economy."
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For Educators

  • See resources on "ocean and climate literacy," like planet stewardships, modeling marine ecosystems, and more.
National Park Service (NPS)
Under the U.S. Department of the Interior, NPS is a Federal agency whose mission is to "preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations."
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NPS offers resources for both K-12 and college students, including lesson plans, activity events, professional development for educators, and toolkits for preservationists.

Smithsonian Institution
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution is the "world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo."
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For Educators

  • Check out some resources, like content from the different museums, field trips to the Smithsonian, professional development for educators, and special events.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS is an executive department, whose mission is to "enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services."
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  • Managed by HHS, this inter-agency website provides information about bullying, cyberbullying, who are at risk, and how to prevent and respond to bullying.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The mission of USGS is to "monitor, analyze, and predict current and evolving Earth-system interactions and deliver actionable information at scales and timeframes relevant to decision makers."
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Educational Resources

  • USGS provides a variety of resources from its 140+ years of earth-science research, including activity plans, lessons, maps, and more.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
As the "official recordkeeper," NARA's mission is to "provide equitable public access to federal government records in our custody and control."
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Educator Resources

  • Check out some of the teaching resources about primary sources, like DocsTeach, Milestone Documents, National History Day Resources, Presidential Library Programs, and more.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Under the U.S. Department of the Interior, the mission of the BLM is to "sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations."
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For Kids

  • From activities as a citizen scientist to a junior ranger, BLM offers programs for children to interact with the land.