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The author is a researcher with a focus on digital learning. In his blog article he has a critical look at Open Educational Resources and tries to answer the following questions: What are OERs good for? When are they a good thing? Could they be a bad thing? Whom do they serve? [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Brazil; international
The Brazilian Initiative for Open Education brings together productions and projects from the UNESCO Chair for Distance Education and the Educadigital Institute, which promote the issue of Open Education in Brazil. The website provides academic research, publications, production of resources and repositories, as well as face-to-face and distance training courses. All of this [...]

Africa; Africa South of the Sahara; international
The "Association for the Promotion of African OER" was founded in 2009. It provides information about OER in Africa including links to various projects, OER materials, courses, software, etc. Some of the resources are sorted by language (francophone, anglophone, lusophone) or as pan-African. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

The organisation Open Education Global was created in 2008 under the name of "OpenCourseWare Consortium". It then had a focus on courses and course material that is freely accessible. Starting in 2014, the organisation changed its goals and began focussing on Open Education in general. OEG has more than 200 member institutions worldwide. Its website provides information on [...]

[Please note: The project ended in April 2022. Nevertheless, the platform OERinfo plans to integrate the OER World Map into its website. Information only in German].The OER World Map provides information on organisations, services, persons, projects, events, and stories with regard to Open Educational Resources (OER). The simple search can be used with filters for type of [...]

international; Africa South of the Sahara
This African OER project was run by the African Virtual University in cooperation with 12 African partner universities. It went online in January 2011 and provides more than 200 modules for mathematics, chemistry, bilogy, physics, as well as teacher education courses on the use of ICT and copyright questions. [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Europe; international
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to search for keywords in the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (EURODL) directly. When you use the portal search, you will also get results from other journals. But if you browse in EURODL direcly, you may nevertheless find interesting article on Open Educational Resources (OER). [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Arab States; international; United States
This OER platform is run by US-American research institute ISKME. It provides Open Educational Resources for different subjects and levels. These OERs are provided by different educational institutions. The website also offers an online training for teachers on how to use OERs effectively, special OERs in Arabic as well as suport in creating your own OER website. [Source: [...]

international; Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Czech Republic; Finland; India; Italy; Italy; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; South Africa, Republic; Republic of Korea; Africa South of the Sahara; United Kingdom; United States
The Creative Commons Website provides a long list of websites where you can search for OER. For each platform, you will find an explanation where and how to search for OER. The platforms are sorted by resource types, for example search for photos, images, audio, video, search for educational content, for tutorials, webinars and much more. [Abstract: Editors of Education [...]

United Kingdom
"This infokit includes information about the three year UK Open Educational Resources Programme (UKOER) (2009 - 2012) and offers links to a wide range of resources which describe the outcomes (lessons learned) and outputs (reports, guidance materials and toolkits) that emerged." [Source: Site editor’s information]

international; Poland; Brazil; United Kingdom; China; Africa South of the Sahara; Netherlands; Slovenia; Japan; Latin America; Russian Federation; Mauritius
While the World OER Congress invites government officials, the "Open Seminar and Exhibition" , that takes place at the same time, invites NGOs and individual experts and researchers worldwide to discuss the topic. The website offers their presentations as fulltext documents, as well as background information on the presnters. [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Europe; Latin America
"The project intends to foster the adoption and pilot of open educational practices (OEP), and open educational resources (OER) in Latin America as a bottom-up approach to develop a common Higher Education Area. (...) The OportUnidad project is co-funded with support by the European Commission under the EuropeAidALFA III Programme." One of the main results is the trilingual [...]

international; New Zealand; Australia; Canada
The OER Foundation was created by institutions / universities in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Nevertheless, it aims at at international network and membership. The Foundation runs several projects, among which for example the creation of an OER University, the portals WikiEducator oder dem Portal or Learning4Content. All projects provide either OERs or information and [...]

"The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government [UK and former British Colonies] to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies." Following this aim, the promotion of OERs is part of COL\'s policy. You will find their official position on [...]

Francophone Countries; France
In this article of 2009, the blog author Jean-Marie Gilliot gives a short overview over francophone information and projects in terms of OER. Gilliot is a researcher at Telecom Bretagne, a Grande École (specialised university) and research centre for engineering. [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Latin America; Mexico; Bahamas; Barbados; Guyana; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Jamaica; Suriname; Peru; Venezuela; Costa Rica; Argentina; Brazil; Nicaragua; Guatemala; Guatemala; Panama; Bolivia; Colombia; Chile
Latin America Learning was a project of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Michigan State University. You can browse for OER resources and projects by country, region or topic. You will also find information on research activities as well as further news. [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

The author is a PhD student in Education studies, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). His focus is on E-Learning and Digital Cultures. In his article, he discusses several critical points about the OER movement. Paragraphs: * Introduction * An under-theorisation of the notions of ‘openness’ and ‘freedom’ * The rejection and privileging of [...]

Europe; international
[As the original website is offline, the link provided here leads you to the webarchive and is a copy as of 27.03.2014 of the original website. Therefore, some links on the website might not work anymore.] OPAL (2010-2011) was an initiative by different European universities and organisations to promote quality and best practice among OER initiatives. The website offered [...]

Africa South of the Sahara
TESSA is a pan- Africa (hitherto mainly anglophone countries) project for the creation and dissemination of OER in Africa. TESSA also does research, studies, workshops and more to integrate OER into teaching, to educate teachers in the use of OER etc. The website offers the OER resources as such (in English, French, Arabic, and Swahili), as well as fulltext documents on [...]

The website brought together international researchers and educators to discuss OER topics. OLnet provided fulltext documents and information on research, projects and news concerning OER topics. Furthermore, you could find links to OER plattforms and tools. OLnet was supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2009-2012. It is run by the Open University, UK [...]

Armenia; Belarus; Kazakhstan; Moldova; Russian Federation; Ukraine; Uzebekistan
This website offers Open Educational Resources from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The OERs are meant to be "mainly for primary and secondary school teachers and pupils, students of technical and vocational schools and universities, teaching staff and academics." Normally, OERs will be in the language of the providing country. The browsing has a subject filter, [...]

Brazil; international
Website of the Unesco Chair for Distance Education at the Universidade de Brasília. The chair focusses on open education. Its website provides information on OER projects in Brazil, a "Caderno REA para professores", a guide for teachers on OER, news and some tutorials on how to use open software. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

This project is run by the Unesco Chairs of Athabasca University, Canada, and Open University of the Netherlands. It collects links to articles and other literature on Open Educational Resources. You will find different possibilities to search for resources, e.g. by keywords, country, publication year or type and more. [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

" (...) the Open Educational Resources in Europe (OEREU) project will provide a critical assessment of OER initiatives and practices in Europe, develop sector-specific foresight scenarios to illustrate the benefits, carry out a representative survey on the use of OER, identify challenges across all sectors and, jointly with stakeholders, develop, discuss and propose [...]

"OLCOS, the Open eLearning Content Observatory Services project (1/2006-12/2007) is co-funded under the European Union’s eLearning Programme and aims at building an (online) information and observation centre for promoting the concept, production and usage of open educational resources, in particular, open digital educational content (ODEC) in Europe." Results of the [...]

Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Moldova; China; Russian Federation; United Kingdom; Turkey; Latvia; Ukraine
The workshop, which took place in Moscow from 31 May to 01 June 2011, mainly assembled participants from East European countries. The website offers access totheir presentations. One important topic is the situation of OER in their respective countries. [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

The author Jian Yimin gives a short overview over Chinese OER movement and politics since 2003. When the text was written (2010), Jia Yimin was a lecturer and researcher of educational technology in the Future Education Research Centre at the South China Normal University. [Source: Site editor’s information supplement by editors of Education Worldwide]

Asia; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; Indonesia; Laos; Mongolia; Pakistan; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Vietnam
OER Asia brings together experts on OER from different Asian countries. The website offers broad information and resources on OER in Asia. You will find news and information on conferences, papers, articles, presentations, studies, all of them as fulltext documents. The link to the e-book "Open Educational Resources: An Asian Perspective" on this website is wrong. Please find [...]

Brazil; international
[Project ended. For final information please visit This website offered a very well-arranged overview over Brazilian OER projects, worldwide OER projects, legislations / legislative projects on OER in Brazil, literature and guides on OER as well as OER in the media. [Source: Editors of Education Worldwide]

international; Latin America; Chile; Europe; Spain; United Kingdom; Brazil; United Kingdom; Netherlands
temoa was a project run by the Center for Innovation in Technology and Education (Innov@TE) at the University Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. In July 2015, an article was published about the project. The website offers OER-Resources from institutions worldwide, with a focus on resources from Spain, but also other European countries, not so much Latin American countries. You [...]

international; United States
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Open Courseware / Open Educational Resources Movement. Since 2002, it publishes all of its courseware online and freely accessible. You can search courses by topic, course number or Department. There is one restriction, however, concerning the acquisition of the course literature. [...]

[This website has become an archived site. For new content please visit the new website under]. OpenCourseWare Consortium is a community of more than 200 institutions of higher education and associated organisations that aim at promoting courses and course material that is freely accessible online. The website offers a search over more than 6,000 courses [...]

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