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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.

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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Registration open for free Digital Citizenship course and new OERu social media platform
Hi everyone. A brief update on OERu news (with apology for any cross postings) Digital citizenship micro-course The OERu's free Digital Citizenship (LiDA102) micro-course goes live on 4 April 2...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2018-03-20 02:12:01
The OERu's Learning in a Digital Age course starts this week
Hi everyone, Just a quick reminder that the inaugural offering of the OERu’s Learning in a Digital Age open online course starts this week on 14 March 2018. We have participants from +50 countrie...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2018-03-11 06:10:58
Chang School at Ryerson University becomes OERu's 1st university partner from Ontario
Hi everyone Excited to announce that The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University has joined OERu becoming the first teaching institution from Ontario, Canada to join t...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2017-11-08 02:25:33
Saylor Academy joins forces with OERu
We're pleased to announce this recent addition to our international network. The Saylor Academy is a pioneer of open education and is a compelling addition to our global network, widening acces...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2017-11-01 01:26:18


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