The OER university is a virtual collaboration of like minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit. The OER university aims to provide free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognized education institutions. It is rooted in 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… OER will open pathways for learners to earn formal academic credit and pay reduced fees for assessment and credit.
The OER university concept is derived from the original etymology of “universitas magistrorum et scholarium” referring to a community of scholars. The OER university is an innovation partnership of like-minded institutions committed to creating pathways for OER learners to gain academic credit through the formal education system. As such we use the lowercase “u” to refer to the OER university collaboration. The OER university is not a formal teaching institution and does not confer degrees or qualifications — but works in partnership with accredited educational institutions to provide credit for OER learning on the pathway to awarding credible credentials.