Literature

SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Literature courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Title Source License  Notes

LibriVox

LibriVox

Public Domain

  • audio recordings of works of literature

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Public Domain

  • text files of works of literature and nonfiction

Lit2Go

University of South Florida

Special Terms of Use

  • literature MP3s and PDFs
  • supplemental instructional material
  • “A maximum of twenty-five (25) MP3 and/or text files may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission. The use of more than twenty-five MP3 and/or text files in a single project requires written permission from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF.”
Excelsior OWL Excelsior College CC BY
  • grammar, style, and writing support website
  • interactive format, with practice spaces and video tutorials

Accessing Primary Sources

copyright symbol: lower-case c with a circle around it. A red exclamation mark appears to the right of the cMany literature courses, particularly those focusing on eras from the 1930s forward, require the study of copyrighted texts. When building an OER-based course, this obviously is a challenge. Here are some strategies to consider for getting your students access to copyrighted works:

  • identify the resources in your school’s library. Include information in the text for how students can access these materials at the time they will need them, such as a permalink to a digital version of the text.
  • determine if the text has been made available free online by the copyright holder. If so, you can put a link to that source in your textbook. Links to external resources have to be monitored and maintained, and you retain no control over their availability. Sometimes they’re the only way to access the material, however. For instance, you can provide a link to Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” on the Poetry Foundation website like this, and give your students enough information to know where they’re going when they click the link and what they’ll find there.
  • AVOID linking to materials that have been posted online by someone that is not the holder of the copyright. For instance, you might encounter a PDF that is clearly a scanned copy of a printed book that has been posted on someone’s personal website. Even though you didn’t break the law by posting that material online, you’re supporting someone else’s piracy. It is NOT considered fair use to distribute these materials in an OER course.


If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.