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Open Educational Resources

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO, 2018).

To learn more about finding, creating and using OER please check out UMD's OER Research Guide. More information about engineering specific OER can be found below.  Please reach out to your subject specialist with further questions.

Online Labs, Videos, Tools & Software


Engineering at Alberta Materials: includes books, lab demos and more

HyperPhysics: online concept map for all areas of physics, includes full explanations with diagrams and examples

MIT OpenCourseWare: includes materials for over 2,500 classes of lecture notes, videos, problem sets, and more

Wolfram MathWorld: online encyclopedia for all areas of math with concept linking and extensive explanations


Simulations & Virtual Labs (Based on list from: Colorado School of Mines OER LibGuide):

Engineering & Technology Books

Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance, 3rd Edition

Author: James F. Marchman III

(2021 revision, Virginia Tech Publishing)



Bio-Inspired Sensory Systems: Using Natural Photo-, Mechano-, and Chemo-Sensory Systems for Design Inspiration

Author: Geoffrey Brooks

(2021, Florida State Open Publishing)




Biosystems Engineering book coverIntroduction to Biosystems Engineering

Edited by: Nicholas Holden, Mary Leigh Wolfe, Jactone Ogejo, and Enda Cummins

(2021, Virginia Tech Publishing)




Introduction to Intellectual Property

Senior Authors: David Kline, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist; David Kappos, Former Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Contributing Authors: Kerry L. Bundy, Faegre Drinker; Randall E. Kahnke, Faegre Drinker; Robert G. Krupka, Krupka Law Group

(2021, OpenStax, Presented by Gary K. Michelson, M.D.)


Simulation Modeling and Arena

Manuel D. Rossetti, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

(2021, ScholarWorks@UARK)




Engineering Statics: Open and Interactive

Authors: Daniel W. Baker, Colorado State University & William Haynes, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

(2020, University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library)




Essential Mechanics - Statics and Strength of Materials with MATLAB and Octave

Author: Panchapakesan Venkataraman, Rochester Institute of Technology

(2020, RIT Scholar Works)




Electromagnetics, Volume 1 & Volume 2

Author: Steven W. Ellingson, Virginia Tech

(2018 & 2020, Virginia Tech Publishing)




Lectures on Mechanics

Jerrold E. Marsden, Caltech

(2009 revision, Cambridge University Press/Caltech CODA)


Basic Engineering Science --- A Systems, Accounting, and Modeling Approach

Author: Donald E. Richards, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

(2001, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)


Foundations of Mechanics, 2nd Edition

Authors: Ralph Abraham and Jerrold E. Marsden, Caltech

(1987, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc./Caltech CODA)


Applied Mechanics Dynamics

Authors: George W. Housner & Donald E. Hudson, California Institute of Technology

(1980, Caltech CODA)