The OER Foundation provides leadership, international networking, and support for educators and institutions to achieve their objectives through open education. The foundation administers two initiatives in open education: OER universitas (OERu), an international network of higher education institutions committed to high-quality, affordable education; and WikiEducator, an international community of more than 60,000 educators creating and using OER. These investments encourage sharing knowledge freely in a sustainable way, connect individuals and organizations on a global scale, and provide professional consulting support to institutions of higher education.
About the Grantee
Otago Polytechnic, 3rd Floor, F Block Forth Street, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand
Grants to this Grantee
for a network of postsecondary institutions to develop pathways to gain academic credit through OER
Founded in 2009, the OER Foundation has successfully nurtured an international OER development community, advanced OER interoperability, and led a New Zealand initiative for teachers to create, share, repurpose, and reuse digital content that supports the national curriculum. It is now leading a project to create an OER university (OERu), an innovative partnership of institutions creating pathways for OER learners to gain academic credit through the formal education system. Although it does not confer degrees or qualifications, OERu would work with accredited institutions to provide credit for OER learning on the path to widely accepted credentials. This model could help accredit learners in both formal and informal education.
for a postsecondary network to develop pathways toward academic credit through OER
The OER Foundation fosters an international OER development community and helps educators and educational institutions achieve their objectives through OER. This grant would finance several projects that advocate the free sharing of knowledge worldwide. The model encourages institutions to recognize OER and provide academic credit.
for general operating support
The OER Foundation provides leadership, international networking, and support for educators and institutions to achieve their objectives through open education. The foundation will (a) lead projects through the international OERu network that encourage sharing knowledge freely in a sustainable way, (b) connect individuals and organizations on a global scale to achieve their open education objectives, and (c) provide professional consulting support to institutions of higher education. This work promotes more widespread adoption and effective use of OER in higher education.