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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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OERU planning discussions

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Virtual participant registrations for 5th International meeting of OERu partners
Hi Everyone. The 5th international meeting of OERu partners will be hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands, 3 - 4 October 2016 in Inverness, Scotland. This meeting will focus on plan...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2016-09-22 09:31:19
Meet Swinburne University of Technology - OERu's newest partner
Hi everyone, Good advice from Prof Mike Keppel, PVC (Learning Transformations) at Swinburne University of Technology - our newest OERu partner: "It’s important for the future of OER that we...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2016-09-22 08:29:36
Creating sustainable futures course prototype for OERu 1st year of study.
Hi everyone, We have completed the four micro courses for the Creating Sustainable Futures course which is one of the options listed for the OERu 1st year of study. The OERF in collaboration with O...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2016-07-21 02:08:51
OERu 2016 mid-year report
Hi everyone (Apology for any duplicate posts) We distributed the OERu 2016 mid-year report to the Vice Chancellors, Presidents and CEOs of the OERu network earlier this week. FYI: I have posted a c...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2016-07-05 23:10:02


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