Best Free Instructional Supplement:'s People's Choice Award Winner

Some of the best Open Educational Resources aren't simply courses or textbooks, they're vast collections of diverse tools that can serve a multitude of roles for both students and teachers. Our nominees for Best Instructional Supplement are each unique, but each offers voluminous benefits for different needs and different types of users.

Winner: Annenberg Learner

Best Instructional Supplement

The mission of Annenberg Learner is simple: use multimedia resources to promote exceptional teaching throughout America. It's often said that there are few things more challenging than teaching teachers. That must be because teachers are savvy and discerning learners. Therefore, for teachers to find value in Annenberg Learner, it must offer outstanding content. Fortunately, it delivers.

The site contains over 100 courses and workshops, including videos, texts, background information and interpretations from actual students. Topics range from algebra to American cinema to the art of teaching, and that's just a few of the As. In fact, our voters were awed by the site's 'diversified content' and incredible 'range of materials available.'

Perhaps best of all, Annenberg Learner doesn't just offer content, it provides resources that help teachers utilize the content effectively. As any teacher knows, a tool can only be great if its operator knows how to use it. Annenberg Learner takes on the task of elevating teaching and earns an A+ from us and our voters.

Finalist: College Open Textbooks

Open textbooks are out there, waiting to be used. College Open Textbooks is dedicated to helping community and two-year colleges fully utilize them. The collaborative initiative offers support in numerous ways: training instructors in how to use open textbooks, supporting authors to create more such works and offering peer reviews of open textbooks. It's an ambitious project, but one that could save students millions of dollars and revolutionize higher education.

Finalist: DNA from the Beginning

Just because we're all made from DNA doesn't mean that we all understand DNA. That's where DNA from the Beginning comes in. This site, which our voters praised for offering 'the best resources and methodology,' provides instructional tools to help users understand modern genetics. DNA from the Beginning includes explanations, videos, pictures, experiments, animations and much more. It's a remarkable resource whether you're interested in advanced knowledge of the human genome or just curious about what eye color your children could have.

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