OERu credit transfer and related services survey

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Key points
  1. OERu partners retain decision-making autonomy regarding all aspects associated with local course approvals, assessment and credit transfer recognition.
  2. The system is based on the OERu credit transfer and credit accumulation scheme guidelines approved at the 2015 international meeting of OERu partners.
  3. The purpose of this survey is to indicate whether your institution will provide assessment services and/or recognise transfer credit for the courses nominated for the proposed launch schedule. This feedback is needed for publishing accurate information on the oeru.org website.
  4. If you have any questions please email Wayne Mackintosh at the OER Foundation.

Background information

The OERu is implementing a phased launch for the 1st Year of Study:

  • Phase 1. One course: Learning in a Digital Age which focuses on the development of digital and learning literacies necessary for enhancing academic success in the 21st century.
  • Phase 2. Three business courses: Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Principles of Management; and Introduction to Project Management.

We are adopting a "soft launch" approach. Pursuing realistic but conservative targets, OERu is aiming to build brand awareness and to collect data from the process evaluation to inform future decision-making.

Clarifying the OERu micro-course model

As an international network, the OERu must ensure transnational credit transfer. However, the course sizes that make up a year of study differ across international jurisdictions. The international standard for one year of full-time study is approximately 1200 notional learning hours. The difference in course sizes typically found in different regions is illustrated in the table below:

Region / Country Number of courses
for 1 FTE year of study
Learning hours
per course
Total learning hours
North America 10 120 1200
Australia 8 160 1280
United Kingdom 6 200 1200
New Zealand 8 150 1200

To achieve a standard transfer “currency” the OERu has adopted a modular micro-course format. Each micro-course equates to 40 notional hours of learning effort. Therefore, in North America 3 micro-courses are typically required to make up a standard 3-credit course, whereas in Australia, 4 micro-courses must be completed to qualify for transcript credit for the relevant course.

The assessing OERu partner can decided to offer one assessment for the set of associated micro-courses, or alternatively provide an assessment for each micro-course. In the OERu model, learners must successfully complete 30 micro-courses for an equivalent full year of study.

The decision to implement micro-courses has enabled the OERu to partner with Edubits to offer micro-credentials for selected courses with pathways to formal academic credit.

Three way's to engage with the launch

OERu partners may:

  1. Recognise transcript credit issued by the assessing partner for one or more of the listed courses as transfer credit towards a local qualification(s); and/or
  2. Offer assessment services (for example a challenge examination or assessed assignments) for one or more of the listed courses (fee-for-service) for transcript credit; and/or
  3. Adopt one of the listed courses as a full-fee, full-service option offered locally to students on campus.


  • Kindly designate a representative from your institution to complete the short online survey before 30 September 2017
  • We recommend that you review the respective course materials and course specification documents before completing with the online survey. Each course is a first-year bachelor-degree level. Links to the relevant published materials are provided below:
Course Assessing
Published micro-courses
Learning in a digital age
Front matter and course announcements for LiDA103 and LiDA104 to be completed, but course materials can be reviewed.

Digital literacies for online learning
Digital citizenship
Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world
Critical media literacies and associated digital skills
Course specification

Introduction to entrepreneurship

Becoming an entrepreneur
Planning a business startup
Financing and managing a business startup
Course specification

Principles of management

Introduction to management
Leading and managing people
Planning and managing organisations
Course specification

Introduction to project management

Role of the project manager
Initiating a project
Planning a project
Executing and closing a project
Course specification