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Official Website | 5 Things you should know about the OERu network plan | Founding anchor partner statements


Who we are

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The OERu is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit.

The OERu aims to provide free learning opportunities to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognised education institutions. It is based on the community service and outreach mission to develop a parallel learning universe to augment and add value to traditional delivery systems in post-secondary education. Through the community service mission of participating institutions we will open pathways for OER learners to earn formal academic credit and pay reduced fees for assessment and credit.

Inaugural meeting | Contact


What we do

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Directed by the core principles of engagement the OERu collaboration:
  • Will design and implement a parallel learning universe to provide free learning opportunities for all students worldwide with pathways to earn credible post-secondary credentials.
  • Offer courses and programs based solely on OER and open textbooks.
  • Design and implement scalable pedagogies appropriate for the OER university concept.
  • Will implement scalable systems of volunteer student support through community service learning approaches.
  • Coordinate assessment and credentialising services on a cost recovery basis for participating education institutions to ensure credible qualifications and corresponding course articulation among anchor partners.


OERu partners

Founding anchor partners (current)

Flag of New Zealand.svg OER Foundation (non-teaching)
Flag of Canada.svg BCcampus (non-teaching)

See: Founding anchor partner statements

Anchor partners (current)


Commonwealth of Learning

List of anchor partners and sponsors



August 2014

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University claims accolade of first OERu partner from the Middle East.

July 2014

The Open University confirms decision to join the OERu.

International media | Archive


OERU planning discussions

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Invitation to join the OERu strategic planning sprint
Hi everyone, We have posted the agenda for the OERu meeting in the wiki: http://wikieducator.org/OERu/OERu_14.11_Meeting/Agenda  and you can register as a remote participant here: http://w...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-10-30 08:59:42
UHI press release on joining global free education network
On joining the OERu family,  Professor Clive Mulholland, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University says:  “Knowledge and the sharing of knowledge and education is something that we should...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-10-29 21:24:20
Re: [OERU] The University of the Highlands and Islands joins the OERu family
Hi Phil, In response to your question on the OERu community list about achieving our 2014 recruitment target of 40 partners (with copy to the OERu partners list): - We currently have 35 confirmed p...
Wayne Mackintosh 2014-10-29 08:24:55
RE: [OERU] The University of the Highlands and Islands joins the OERu family
Excellent Wayne - how many more needed to hit target membership this year? Phil ________________________________________ From: OE...@googlegroups.com [OE...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of W...
Phil Ker 2014-10-29 08:08:36


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