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Who we are

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The Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides leadership, international networking and support for educators and educational institutions to achieve their objectives through Open Education.

Share and promote sustainable education futures: Join the OER Foundation today!

About OER | About the OER Foundation | About membership


What we do

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The OER Foundation leads innovative projects helping individuals and organisations return to the core educational values of sharing knowledge freely in a sustainable way. We:
  1. Coordinate the international OERu network who will provide free learning opportunities for all students worldwide with pathways to achieve formal academic credit.
  2. Connect individuals and organisations on a global scale to achieve their open education objectives with the help of WikiEducator -- one of the world's fastest growing and most productive open education wiki communities in the formal education sector.
  3. Build capability and skills for educators to participate effectively in this new world through Learning4Content -- the world's largest free training project to develop wiki skills for education.
  4. Provide professional consulting support including the development of OER strategy for your institution, design, mentoring and coaching services for your organisation and staff to save cost (and time), improve the quality of teaching and learning and widen the diversity of your curriculum offerings through strategic investment in open education approaches.

Compare membership options and service packages | Review our strategy & operational plan


Featured institutions

Founding OERu anchor partners

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

See: Founding anchor partner statements

OERu Anchor partners


List of anchor partners and sponsors



OERu partners met at North-West University on October 7th to 9th, 2015.

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Dave Lane has joined the Open Education Resource Foundation as an Open Source Technologist. A group of the OERu partners have contributed to support increasing our technical capability. Dave is currently the President of the New Zealand Open Source Society and brings 21 years of open source development and leadership experience to the OERu network,

Building on the previous year's launch of the OERu, representatives from the partner institutions met at The University of Tasmania on November 6th and 7th, 2014.

The OER Foundation organised a planning meeting of the OERu anchor partners. The meeting was held on 31 October and 01 November 2013 at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC Canada. An online open seminar to plan the agenda hosted by SCoPE preceded it.

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The OER Foundation organised a successful planning meeting of the OERu founding anchor partners in Dunedin on 9-10 November 2011. Support from UNESCO allowed the open planning meeting to be streamed live on the web, allowing active participation from those that couldn't attend in person.

Towards an OER university: Free learning for all students worldwide. UNESCO and the OER Foundation announce a strategic international meeting to be hosted in Dunedin on 23 February to commence planning for the provision of free learning to all students worldwide. Support from UNESCO to stream the meeting will allow the participation of education leaders from around the globe. Read more ...

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OER Foundation, leads a global education collaboration. Otago Daily Times publishes an interview with Wayne Mackintosh, founder of WikiEducator and member of the OER Foundation's board of Directors.

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The OER Foundation poised to become an international leader in open education. The Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation was officially launched on 17 September 2009 by Dr Robin Day, Chair of the board of Directors to coincide with Software Freedom Day. Read more ...

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Join the foundation

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Give the gift of knowledge and become an institutional member for as little as USD$200 (schools and individuals can join for USD$50). Increase your return on OER investment in line with your institutional membership status:
  • Bronze -- Secure professional consulting support for your OER pilot project.
  • Silver -- A premier package including professional consulting and networking support for your OER projects.
  • Gold -- Designate local staff time and combine this with a discounted premier package (including professional consulting and networking support) to maximise your return on OER investment.
  • Platinum -- Help yourself with a premier package, while connecting and sponsoring (up to five) institutions in the developing world.