General Studies

The following is a curated list of OER materials available in your particular subject area. The items you see here are generally well-developed, effectively structured, and are used and recommended by faculty in the SUNY system.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the openly licensed material available. If you don’t see something you need, we’d love to hear from you.

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College Success


TitleSourceLicense Notes

Employability Skills Competency

BC Campus OpenEd / Camosun CollegeCC BY

Learning How To Learn

OpenLearnCC BY NC SA
  • whole course

College Health and Safety

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionPublic Domain
  • web article with links to related information in subtopics
  • PDF and other formats available
Online Student Readiness TutorialsCalifornia Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeCC BY
  • interactive tutorials and tools

Life Skills Development

WikiEducatorCC BY SA
  • wiki textbook
Writing CommonsWriting CommonsCC BY NC ND
  • online text for writing instruction
  • an update to the website in summer 2016 makes it appear as if all pages are copyrighted. However, they are all still openly licensed, according to the FAQs
Learning CommonsUniversity of British ColumbiaCC BY
  • lessons, blogs, and workshops around intro-to-college topics

How to Get the Most out of Studying

Samford UniversityStandard YouTube License
  • video series about metacognition
Career ExplorationBay CollegeCC BY
  • 37 pp PDF
  • text for First Year Experience course
  • career exploration and stress management


Health and Nutrition




Health, Culture And Society

University Library SystemOnline medical journal; all new published articles are CC licensed, older articles may not be.CC BY
Food and Nutrition Researchco-action publishingOnline journalCC BY

Nutrition and Medicine

Tufts Open CoursewareCourse Lectures and supplementary materialCC BY-NC-SA
National Institutes of HealthNIHGovernment sitePublic Domain

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDCGovernment sitePublic Domain
Food and NutritionUSDAGovernment sitePublic Domain
ChooseMyPlateUSDAGovernment sitePublic Domain