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About the project

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Individuals are free to learn from OER hosted on the open web. The OER for Assessment and Credit for Students Project will provide opportunities for these OER learners who are interested in earning formal academic credit for their learning. This project will contribute to the design and development of the OER university (now OER universitas).

This OER initiative will align with the community service and outreach missions of the formal education sector. Through our community service mission we will open pathways for OER learners to earn formal academic credit and pay reduced fees for assessment and credit. In this way the OER movement can contribute to addressing the global demand for higher education where traditional delivery models are unable to respond to the need for post-secondary education.


What we aim to achieve

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This project aims to:
  • Collaboratively develop:
    • a logic model including inputs, activities, outputs and impact framework for the initiative;
    • a project and implementation plan derived from the logic model.
  • Implement one or more credentials based on OER resources for piloting and refining the model across multiple institutions.
  • Build a network of formal education education institutions, OER agencies, governments and international agencies to contribute to the incremental development and refinement of the OER university thus nurturing the evolution of a sustainable international OER ecosystem.


Collaborating partners

Tertiary education providers and OER agencies are free to join this project as anchor partners. They subscribe to the core principles of engagement for the project.

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News and announcements

Towards an OER university: Free learning for all students worldwide. UNESCO and the OER Foundation announce a strategic international meeting to be hosted in Dunedin on 23 February to commence planning for the provision of free learning to all students worldwide. Support from UNESCO to stream the meeting will allow the participation of education leaders from around the globe. Read more ...
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UNESCO will sponsor a live web stream of the planning meeting. Register now as a remote participant, download the and spread the word among colleagues and friends. Let's build sustainable OER futures together!

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eMundus Open Education Week webinars
Hi everyone, The eMundus project supported by the European Commission is hosting a series of webinars during Open Education week. The eMundus project is exploring the nexus of open education, MOOCs...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-05 03:06:11
2015 OERu meetings and ICDE World Conference in South Africa
Hi everyone, *2015 OERu meetings and 26th ICDE World Conference in South Africa in October* *(Call for ICDE conference papers closes on 31 March 2015) * Please note the dates of the forthcoming mee...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-03 08:24:13
Call for OERu 2015 working group members
Hi everyone, The OERu is organised into a number of active working groups which feed into the OERu Management Committee. Open planning is a distinctive feature of the OERu and *you *can help shape...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-02 04:33:30
2015 OERu Institutional Action plans and scheduled "office hours" to support the process
Hi Everyone, In November 2014, the OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers approved the OERu Strategic Plan 2015 - 2017 and endorsed the introduction of annual *Institutional Action Plans* (IAPs)...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-02 03:39:10
Re: [OERU] Virginia Community College System features OERu
Congratulations. Things just keep rolling along! JMcK -----OE...@googlegroups.com wrote: ----- To: oe...@googlegroups.com, OERu planning <oe...@lists.oerfoundation.org> From: Wayne Mackintosh...
Joyce McKnight 2015-02-23 18:58:02
Virginia Community College System features OERu
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) representing twenty-three Virginia community colleges on 40 campuses in the US has featured the OERu. "*While popular MOOC platforms Coursera and U...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-02-20 00:23:45
Re: The Open University launches Open Badged Courses
This is a great development. These materials are of immediate use for several projects we are working on. I hope that Open Badges may be useful to help us integrate smaller open courses into larger...
Brian Mulligan 2015-02-17 16:34:16
Re: [OERU] The Open University launches Open Badged Courses
Huge win! I see the future - and it is open. Well done OERu. Cable On Feb 16, 2015, at 5:05 PM, Wayne Mackintosh <mackinto...@gmail.com> wrote: Hi everyone, The Open University (OU) announces...
Cable Green 2015-02-17 03:24:56
The Open University launches Open Badged Courses
Hi everyone, The Open University (OU) announces that it is increasing access to OER by joining the OERu. This announcement coincides with the launch of Badged Open Courses (BOCs) at the OU. The BOC...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-02-16 22:05:16
Re: [OERU] Feedback on capability development course: Digital skills for collaborative OER Development
Hi Cable, That's a good point. and thanks for the reminder about Version 4.0 of the licenses (my personal preference.) The link to the derivative snapshot materials I provided in an early post...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-02-10 02:16:55
Re: [OERU] Feedback on capability development course: Digital skills for collaborative OER Development
Hi Wayne: The course looks great! Technical point re: the license: (1) Will you please update the license to BY SA 4.0 (from 3.0)? http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ note: here are...
Cable Green 2015-02-09 05:01:02
Re: [OERU] FW: NOUN-story on EYD2015-website
Vinaka Abel. Can not wait for Fiji to reach that stage, where we can facilitate teachers, parents and students online with Micro Online Courses with OER. Matai Tagicaki On 6 February 2015 at 10:40,...
matai tagicaki 2015-02-06 01:32:01
FW: NOUN-story on EYD2015-website
Dear OER colleagues, Greetings from warm and sunny Lagos, Nigeria where I’m currently facilitating the 2nd OER-MOOC Workshop at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). I’d like to highl...
Abel 2015-02-05 22:40:44
OERu Strategic Plan 2015 - 2017
Hi everyone, The OERu Strategic Plan 2015 - 2017 was approved by the OER Foundation Board of Directors in December 2014. I have uploaded a print version which can be accessed from the strategic pla...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-02-05 03:56:52
Re : [OERU] [Book Recommendation] The Battle for Open by Martin Weller
Hi Abel and all, I agree, that is great book to read, and it is good complement to his earlier book "The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming the Scholarly Practice". "The...
Bernard Nkuyubwatsi 2015-01-28 16:00:56