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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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Re: [OERU] edX Global Freshman Academy
I agree, Mika. So does OERu partner Athabasca University, through their BGS programme, and a number of non-OERu institutions as well. ASU is big enough to generate a lot of hype. Just as Stanford d...
Steve Foerster 2015-04-24 14:16:55
Re: [OERU] edX Global Freshman Academy
Note that two OERu members, Thomas Edison State College and Excelsior College, have been granting exam-based credentials for years, and for far less than $200/credit hour--the development at ASU is...
Mika Hoffman 2015-04-24 09:44:11
Re: [OERU] edX Global Freshman Academy
Hi Jim, Thanks for sharing. This is a significant development in the space - MOOCs for credit (but you only pay once you pass.) OERu could be competing in this space if only we could speed up our p...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-04-23 23:32:31
edX Global Freshman Academy
Arizona State University and edX are now offering freshman level courses for credit. https://www.edx.org/gfa ASU has complete online degree programs, but I suspect this will significantly widen...
Jim Tittsler 2015-04-23 22:47:03
OERu mOOC: DS4OER launched today
Hi everyone, We're pleased to launch the prototype offering of the Digital Skills for Collaborative OER Development (DS4OER) course today. The OERu envisions a world where all learners will hav...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-04-12 23:58:40
BCcampus features news item on forthcoming OERu course
Hi everyone, BCcampus in Canada has published a news item on our forthcoming OERu course: "New MOOC-like course from OERu provides hands-on experience for educators interested in integrating O...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-25 04:16:34
RE: [OERU] AU MOOC: learning to learn online
Just for the record – if it is closed, it is not a MOOC. J -- Stephen *From:* OE...@googlegroups.com [mailto:OE...@googlegroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Wayne Mackintosh *Sent:* March 9, 2015...
Downes 2015-03-09 11:13:58
Re: [OERU] AU MOOC: learning to learn online
Hi Rory, Thanks for the update. AU is certainly not alone in offering "closed" MOOCs and to be fair, at most universities things move forward at "academic speed". Nonetheless, f...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-09 04:28:55
Re: [OERU] AU MOOC: learning to learn online
Wayne, No it is not fully open; it is behind a registration wall, but that is the best we could get at this stage in an "official" MOOC. We'll keep working on the opennesss. Rory Rory...
Rory 2015-03-09 04:05:40
Re: [OERU] AU MOOC: learning to learn online
Hi Rory, Thanks for sharing - this looks like a very interesting course which could be of benefit for future OERu learners. Is the course openly licensed? I am unable to check this because the cour...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-09 03:37:06
Re: [OERU] AU MOOC: learning to learn online
Rory I have already distribute in our Teaching community. I shall share it on social media too rgds hema On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 8:58 AM, rory <ro...@athabascau.ca> wrote: > Please distribu...
Hemlata 2015-03-09 03:32:27
AU MOOC: learning to learn online
Please distribute. Rory Rory McGreal UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER Athabasca University Hi all, In the spirit of experimentation and research, AU is offering it's first official MOOC, Learning t...
Rory 2015-03-09 03:29:10
Open Education Week: OERu webinar
*Apology for any duplicate posts.* Happy open education week! As part of the Open Education week activities this year I will be joining the eMundus series of webinars to share experiences of the OE...
Wayne Mackintosh 2015-03-08 21:27:20
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