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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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Minutes of the 3rd Meeting of the OERu Management Committee
Hi Everyone, FYI: I have posted the minutes and recording for the 3rd Meeting of the OERu Management Committee held earlier today. With kind regardsWayne   -- Wayne Mackintosh, Ph.D. Director OER...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-09-16 07:05:59
Reminder - Broadcast of 3rd Meeting of the OERu Management Committee Today
Hi everyone Just a reminder that the broadcast of the 3rd meeting of the OERu Management Committee will start on the top of the hour on Google Hangouts on Air (about 45mins time).  Please use t...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-09-15 21:10:54
Re: [OERU] Reminder: Broadcast of 3rd meeting of the OERu management committee
Hi all--trying to join, but having problems with all the plugins for Google Hangouts. Will hope to be with you soon! Mika On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM, Wayne Mackintosh <mackinto...@gmail.co...
Mika Hoffman 2014-09-15 01:03:13
Reminder: Broadcast of 3rd meeting of the OERu management committee
Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that we will broadcast the 3rd meeting of the OERu Management Committee on Google Hangouts on Air. (Scheduled for Monday, 15 September if you're in the US or Tuesda...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-09-14 04:16:47
Re: [OERU] OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas)
Hi Michael, ... and that is intentional - "OERu" is the public "brand".  There is a FAQ on the OERu site explaining why OERu uses lowercase "u". The detailed history...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-09-08 01:34:46
Re: [OERU] OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas)
Hi everyone, I seem to have confused the issue a little. My real concern was that the expansion "Open Education Resources - Universitas" is not easily found on any of the web sites !(e.g....
virtualMV 2014-09-08 01:16:37
Re: [OERU] OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas)
Hi all, Since our inception and discussions at the very first meeting when the concept of the OERu was tabled in February 2011, we have used lowercase "u" referencing the original etymolo...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-09-08 00:42:19
RE: [OERU] OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas)
I understand the problem with the word "university"...it is a problem not only in New Zealand but many other places as well (including the US).  I, too, like the OERu  it is visually in...
Joyce McKnight 2014-09-07 23:06:46
RE: [OERU] OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas)
Hello and kia ora everyone Very important that OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas) Is not University but Universitas, due to a New Zealand law. Wayne will explain in depth if that...
Niki Davis 2014-09-07 06:21:41
Re: [OERU] OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas)
There is a bit of an an explanation in the FAQ 'Why does the OERu use the lower case "u"?' http://oeru.org/organisation-faqs/ http://oeru.org/news/the-oer-university-becom...
Jim Tittsler 2014-09-07 02:20:13
OERu (acronym definition= University or Universitas)
Hi everyone, Was just trying to find the full expansion of the acronym OERu for a research paper, and realise it is actually very difficult to find ! (The web site pointed to in this discussion gro...
virtualMV 2014-09-07 01:50:08
Broadcast of 3rd Meeting of the OERu Management Committee Scheduled
The broadcast of the 3rd Meeting of the OERu Management Committee has been scheduled on Google Hangouts on Air.  The aims of the meeting: - To review progress of the activities of the working grou...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-08-29 00:03:14
Generating learning challenges for our "course sprint" - A new OERu course
Hi everyone. We are developing a "course sprint" to support OERu partners with their course development. We will prototype this course, and the revised version will be incorporated into t...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-08-12 06:18:06
Minutes of the Strategic Planning Working Group
Hi Everyone, Today the OERu Strategic Planning working group convened for their 2nd meeting. In short, the team is happy with progress to date on the strategic planning consultation. We  have sugg...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-08-07 08:41:49
Strategic targets and KPIs for the OERu strategic plan
To OERu colleagues around the world.  This is important: If you want to have a say in calibrating strategic targets and KPI's for the OERu strategic plan - now is a good time to share your adv...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-08-06 10:43:18