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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.

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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



June 2015

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The National Open University of Nigeria has become the third African OERu partner.

October 2014

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The University of the Highlands and Islands is Scotland's first OERu partner.

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.

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OERU planning discussions

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Open Distance eLearning consultancy
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— 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


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