- OERu Partner institutions
- OER Foundation
- UNESCO/COL and ICDE OER Chair network
- Donor organisations and corporate citizenship
Potential partners to be engaged
- Politicians/government officials responsible for funding higher education, who are increasingly aware of the lack of fiscal sustainability of existing systems.
- All OERu Partners
- OER Foundation
- Open source software projects
- OER and open textbook projects
Resources acquired from partners
Courseware; Assessment and credentialling services; Open source technology infrastructure and associated expertise.
Motivations for Partnerships
Access to and acquisition of open source expertise; Cost-effective sharing of courseware design, development and delivery activities; Low cost and low risk innovation; Cooperative development of innovative open pedagogies; Development and implementation of new business models.
- Open course design and development
- Open planning for implementation of the OERu
- Sharing of technological and pedagogical expertise
- Open peer review
- Assessment services
Value added activities
- Joint delivery of courses
- Shared professional academic development for open design
- More affordable access to high quality courses for learners traditionally excluded from the formal education sector.
- Low cost, low barrier pathways to formal academic credit for "non-traditional" learners.
- Pathways to transition to higher education.
- Low cost, low risk but high impact innovation in open education.
- Developing learning literacies for a digital age.
- International and intercultural open online course experience.
The OERu develops high-quality open online courses designed for independent study which are mapped to the learning outcomes of courses available for formal academic credit at accredited partner institutions. The courses are:
- Offered at no-cost to OERu learners
- Do not require the purchase of any proprietary resources (eg textbooks)
- Do not require password access to view the materials.
The OERu model does not provide tutorial support services from academic staff, however the following support options are available:
- Courses are designed to integrate peer-learning support through social media.
- Communication and interaction technologies accessible on the open web and selected support technologies hosted by the OER Foundation.
- Self-study help tutorials for core technologies.
Adult independent learners
(Studying for formal credit)
- Socio-economic disadvantaged learners
- 2nd chance learners
- Reskilling for new career
- Mature learners studying 1st degree
- Degree completion learners
- Foreign students preparing for local national study
- RPL learners filling skills gaps
- Refugees and migrants
"Try before you buy" learners
(May convert to formal credit)
- Trialling higher learning (eg 1st in family or Secondary school learners.)
- Marginalised populations (can fail anonymously or take extra time before attempting assessment)
Professional development learners
(Micro-credentials / Open badges)
- Credentialled learners updating / expanding skills
- Learners participating out of self-interest
- Learning for learning's sake
International brand promotion
Promoting international visibility through collaboration with the OERu international network of partners.
- OER and open access materials used to assemble OERu courses
- Open source software technology infrastructure provided by the OER Foundation
- Subject matter experts
- Learning design and multimedia professionals
- Library professionals
- Graphic artists
- Technologists and developers
Open online courses designed for independent study with peer-learning support offered at no cost to OERu learners.
- Challenge examinations (proctored)
- 3rd party testing centres (automated assessment)
- Recognition of prior learning
- Graded assignments
- Credit transfer
- Annual membership fees to support shared central infrastructure (Gold partners contribute $4000 p.a. after multi-year discount)
- Staff time contribution towards collective planning and assembly of courses (Gold partners contribute 0.2 Full-time equivalent per year).
- Platinum partners who contribute more than $10,000 p.a eg shared positions for the network.
No "new money" approach
OERu partners nominate to assemble two courses from OER and open access materials. No increase in the marginal cost by applying a open license when developing an OERu course nomination that is part of normal organisational workflow for design and development. (Recurrent cost for assessment is recouped through fee for service.)
Reducing local development cost
Partners can diversify local curriculum offerings and reduce costs by reusing existing OERu courses without incurring local development costs. This is particularly attractive for low enrolment courses which are too expensive to produce locally in a cost effective way.
Categories for OERu courses
(Free cultural works approved licenses is an OERu core principle of engagement.)
Public Domain dedication
(OERu courses may link to external resources)
Open access "all rights reserved"
- The OERu provides more affordable access to quality higher education for learners excluded from tertiary education for financial or physical access reasons.
- Philanthropic contribution to building more sustainable education systems using OER.
- Modelling open governance and open management approaches in education
- Leverage network models for "open sourcing" education for all without compromising the fiscal sustainability of the public funded tertiary sector.
Cost recovery model (& potential transfer to study benefit)
(Most partners are contributing to OERu as community service on the basis that "no new money" is required)
- Fees for assessment-only services (to cover administration and staff costs for grading)
- New students who transfer for full-fee study.
Value added services
(Some OERu partners are planning to better serve the community through value added services which may include new revenue streams.)
- Optional "pay as you go" tutorial support services
- Fees for micro-credentialing / professional development certifications.
- OERu partners are autonomous and retain decision-making over all aspects of assessment including the price for services.
- The OER Foundation as an independent charity does not share in any revenue generated from partners for services arising from the OERu collaboration.