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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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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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fyi Elizabeth O. Mbasu, BED, MED FLXL | Curriculum Specialist | Instruction Designer | Education Technologist Consultant| C: +254 (0) 720 898 097| C: +254 (0) 732 68 88 99&...
— Elizabeth Mbasu 2016-02-04 10:11:13
Getting ready for OERu 2015.10 - Remote participants welcome!
Hi everyone, We have posted the agenda for the 2015 international meeting of OERu partners. In the open traditions of the OERu, remote participants are welcome to join us and assist with the decisi...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-09-27 07:27:38
Minutes of the 6th meeting of the OERu Management Committee
The OERu Management Committee convened today to discuss the annual reports of our working groups in preparation for the 2015 international partners meeting in South Africa scheduled for 7 & 8 O...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-09-23 09:31:57
OERu open business model consultation. Feedback invited.
Hi everyone, Following the OERu Oceania regional meeting we have posted the 1st draft of the aggregated OERu open business model canvas. Our North American colleagues will be meeting later this wee...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-09-15 03:43:49
Re: Soft launch: This OERu list on google groups is moving to a new home
I'm a big fan of the simplicity of Google Groups but community.oeru.org looks good too. I've popped in and posted a discussion item on an issue that is close to my heart: "The merits o...
— Brian Mulligan 2015-09-10 13:04:06
Consultation: Should the OERu establish an Open Badges working group?
Hi everyone, The OERu uses a rough consensus model for taking organisation wide decisions. In the recent Input evaluation survey, 57% of the OERu partners indicated that they are planning to implem...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-09-07 01:38:33
Re: [OERU] Soft launch: This OERu list on google groups is moving to a new home
Dear Dr. Wayne, Thank you for the info. Signed up at community.oeru.org . Let us make it an excellent place for showcasing creativity, productivity and commitment of the community. Warm regards Ani...
— Anil 2015-09-05 06:48:16
Soft launch: This OERu list on google groups is moving to a new home
Hi everyone, This is an early notification that this list (oe...@google.groups.com) will be moving to a new home in the near future. The OER Foundation has established a new site: community.oeru.or...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-09-05 06:07:55
Re: [OERU] University World News article on the OERu
Thank you for the excellent, clear and concise article Wayne. Even with following OERu since its inception, I feel much more centered. I especially liked the clarity of your explanation of the diff...
— Deb Cordier 2015-08-24 14:13:53
University World News article on the OERu
Hi everyone University World News is publishing a series of articles in the lead up to the 26th ICDE World Conference. FYI - The first in the series is an article which features the OERu: Open Educ...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-08-24 09:49:39
OERu Oceania regional meeting - Designing open business models
Hi Everyone Planning for the OERu Regional Oceania meeting on 27 August 2015 to design and develop open business models is well underway. (See meeting website). These open business models will be t...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-08-18 05:42:28
OERu launches input evaluation survey to inform design decisions.
Hi everyone, The OERu believes that most of the vision for successful implementation of our innovation partnership will come from the community. Today we have launched a comprehensive input evaluat...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-08-10 23:23:16
Broadcast: 5th Meeting of the OERu Management Committee (29 July / 30 July 2015)
Hi everyone, The 5th meeting of the OERu Management Committee (OERuMC) will be broadcast live on Google Hangouts on Air this week. - Broadcast link: Hangouts on Air - When: Vancouver - Wednesday 29...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-07-25 04:17:15
Hewlett confirms ongoing support for the OERu
Hi everyone, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has confirmed ongoing support for the OERu for the next 3 years. (Read more... ) We are trialling a new community site for the OERu using the o...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-07-21 00:47:48
Minutes of the 4th Meeting of the OERu Management Committee
Hi Everyone, We've posted the minutes of the 4th meeting of the OERu Management Committee in the wiki. The individual working groups will be convening during July. If you haven't had a chan...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2015-07-02 04:01:47