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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.

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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.

February 2014

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Portage College partners with OERu. Read more ...

October 2013

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Contact North  |  Contact Nord joins the OERu network as anchor partner.

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North-West University joins the OERu network as anchor partner.

eCampusAlberta joins the OERu network as non-teaching partner.

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University of Tasmania becomes OERu anchor partner.

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Charles Sturt University joins forces with the OERu.

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Lincoln University joins the OERu open partnership as anchor partner.

June 2013

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Ako Aotearoa confirms membership of OERF and joins as anchor partner.

May 2013

Institute of Technology Sligo becomes Ireland's first anchor partner.

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S.N.D.T Women's University in India becomes an anchor partner.

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OERU planning discussions

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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


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