Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Adapted from Open educational resources (OER) Guide by UQ Library. We would like to thank UQ Library for letting us use their guide as a template.

Find open software

Open software is released under a free software license, often the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).

This page lists some key open software used in education. See a more comprehensive list of all GNU software packages.

3D Modelling

Data visualisation and infographics

Free online tools such as Venngage and Piktochart are great tools for creating a range of data visualisations, including infographics, posters and reports.

Image editing

Find apps

There are many free educational apps available in iTunes app store and Google Play app store.

Recommended apps to download from your app store onto your device:

  • edX - the online courses from the edX platform
  • TED - explore TED Talks content
  • Khan Academy - learn math, science, economics, history, and  more
  • Padlet - a digital canvas to create projects that are easy to share and collaborate on.

More educational apps

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country

Creative Commons Licence
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) 4.0 International License. Content from this Guide should be attributed to James Cook University Library. This does not apply to images, third party material (seek permission from the original owner) or any logos or insignia belonging to JCU or other bodies, which remain All Rights Reserved.