Countries with OER initiatives

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This is an early list of countries where OER initiatives are known - and links to the main initiatives. It was originally prepared by Nick Jeans in mid March 2011.

For a more up to date list see the Deliverable 2.3 - Report on Comparative Analysis of Transversal OER Initiatives


  • Education Network Australia (EDNA), part funded by the Australian Department of Education, resources for pre-School, School, Vocational and Technical, Adult and Community and Teacher Training.
  • Scootle: interactive learning and assessment objects, contemporary and historical videos, documents, photographs, artworks, speeches and interviews, and other teacher support materials. Search results can be filtered by year level, learning area and resource type. Only available to licensed educators and students in Australia and New Zealand.
  • University of Southern Queensland Australia Opencourseware


  • The Educational Repository - an online service for collecting, preserving and providing access to research publications and digital content
  • Public Domain Portal
  • FGV Online (Fundação Getulio Vargas) first Brazilian institution to be a member of OCWC (Open Course Ware Consortium)
  • Rived (Interactive Virtual Education Network) - a programme of the Department of Distance Education  (SEED) creating digital educational content.
  • Ripe - funded by the Foundation for Research of the State of Bahia. Collaborative and decentralized resources for basic education
  • [ttp:// Teacher Portal] -  hosted by Ministry of Education
  • The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) - electronic library covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals.



  • Free Learning - hosted by BC campus, a publicly-funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise, programmes, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework; gateway to Open Educational Resources (OERs) from around the world.  



  • LeMill: developed by the Learning Environments Research Group of Media Lab at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland (now part of Aalto University), LeMill was started in 2005-2008 by the CALIBRATE project. There are contributions from 15477 teachers in 62 countries in 27 languages.




  • National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning - a joint venture by seven Indian institutes of technology and Indian institutes of science; funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development, to enhance the quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum-based video and web courses. Courses in core sciences, computer science, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and material engineering.
  • Ekalavya - by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Content developed in various Indian languages is distributed over the Internet. Includes Open Source Educational Resources Animation Repository (OSCAR) for web-based interactive animations for teaching. OSCAR provides a platform for student developers to create animations based on ideas and guidance from instructors.
  • eGyanKosh - </span> National Digital Repository to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources developed by the Open and Distance Learning Institutions in the country. Run by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).  Also hosts Pan African e-Network.





New Zealand

  • OERNZ is a national OER initiative for New Zealand teachers to create, share, repurpose and reuse digital content in support of the national curriculum.

South Africa

United Kingdom

  • Open University OpenLearn: free access to over 600 online courses from the Open University
  • OpenLearn’s LabSpace: access to many different open educational resources (OER) from a wider OER community
  • HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme (2009-2012): The UK Open Educational Resources initiative, led jointly by JISC and the Higher Education Academy on behalf of HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England)
UKOER1 (2009-2010): Releasing existing teaching materials as OERs
UKOER2 (2010-2011): Releasing, using and discovery of OERs
UKOER3 (2011-2012): Embedding benefits, strategy and policy
  • SCORE (Support Centre for Open Resources in Education): based at the Open University in the UK and funded by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) as a three year programme (2009-2012). SCORE has funded about 30 fellowship projects focused on informing and influencing policy and practice around OER creation, sharing and use in UK higher education
  • JISC infoNet OER infoKit: Key outputs from HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme
  • JORUM: The national repository for Open Educational Resources, providing access to learning and teaching resources created by staff in UK Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) institutions
  • The JISC Design Studio:access to project outcomes and outputs from the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery programmes, focusing on the role technology plays in supporting curriculum development process and practice
  • Xpert: An OER aggregator developed by the University of Nottingham
  • OLnet (Open Learning Network): OLnet is an international research hub for aggregating, sharing, debating and improving Open Educational Resources (OERs). OLnet is a collaborative project between the Open University in the UK and Carnegie Mellon University in the US, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from March 2009 to April 2012.
  • The Open Education Evidence Hub: is developed within the context of the OLnet project, aimed to develop an evidence-base and identify the gaps in research and practice in Open Educational Resources.

United States

  • Alexandria Archive Institute Open Context  - a California-based non-profit organization
  • (non-profit organization) - an Internet library offering free access to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
  • Connexions (provided by Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States) - one of the largest repositories of open educational resources in the world
  • The Digital Library Federation (DLF) - a consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services.
  • Encyclopedia of Earth - Boston University’s electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society;  a free, expert-reviewed collection of articles
  • Flat World Knowledge (based in Irvington, NY) - commercial operator within the open content movement. Students can read peer-reviewed textbooks in their entirety online for free or purchase print and digital versions. The company generates revenue through the sale of print books, e-books for devices like the iPad and Kindle, audio books, PDF downloads and interactive study aids.
  • - New York-based education technology company Wireless Generation, reading intervention program addressing literacy development for primary education
  • George Lucas Education Foundation, Edutopia - resources for grades 2-12
  • Harvard University Library Open Collection Program
  • Itrainonline - resources in English, Spanish, French and other languages, on topics ranging from computer and Internet basics to highly technical areas.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare
  • MERLOT - California State University site with over 27,000 materials
  • NASA
  • National Science Development Library (NSDL) - online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Open Michigan Initiative
  • Peer 2 Peer University - hosted by University of California at Irvine
  • Public Library of Science (PLoS) - a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
  • Tufts University OpenCourseWare - resources for Health Sciences
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

US Media sites

  • WGBH Open Vault - the home of WGBH Media Library and Archives; provides online access to content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.
  • WGBH Teachers’ Domain - free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. Thousands of media resources, support materials and teacher networks.
  • KQED Education Network  - another US media network making resources freely available
  • Public Broadcasting Service, Thirteen/WNET New York - standards-based lesson plans and classroom activities, multimedia primer, online mentors, and reviews of curriculum-based Web sites.
  • PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Teachers - classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels.
  • New York Times Learning Network


  • FETP OpenCourseWare Vietnam will include all Fulbright School materials (subject to copyright law). The Fulbright School participates with other academic institutions in Vietnam to promote the use of innovative long-distance learning activities.

Wider regions



  • Commonwealth of Learning (COL) - COL is co-ordinating the development of a Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Thirty countries are now actively engaged.


  • European SchoolNet (EUN)
  • Ariadne - a long-standing  European foundation to foster share and reuse of learning resources.
  • OERtest: A two year (Oct. 2010 - Sep. 2012) project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of European Commission. Its aim is to support the mainstreaming of OERs within Higher Education and to test the feasibility of assessing learning exclusively achieved through the use of Open Educational Resources.
  • OER HE: Innovative OER in European Higher Education, including a consortium of eleven European partners
  • MORIL (Multilingual Open Resources for Independent Learning): an initiative by the Open and Distance Teaching Universities within the EADTU
  • OpenED: a FREE and OPEN online course for business students and practitioners
  • OPAL (Open Educational Quality Initiative): to support open educational practice by enhancing the quantity and quality of open educational resources that can be incorporated into higher education and further education provision.

South America

  • Universia is a Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese network including 1,056 universities and institutions of higher learning, which represents approximately 10 million students.


Edited collection on OERs by Rory McGreal (link?)

Klas Cement - Bologna OER portal for Schools (link?)

EU "Opening Up Education" initiative (forthcoming) (link?)

OER Conferences - OER10, OER11, OER12

Opening up Education Through Technology - Conference of European Ministers of Education (Oslo, Dec 9-11, 2012): [1]

OER mapping exercise - Susan D'Antoni (link?)

Unesco Chairs - Rory McGreal,Fred Mulder

UNESCO-Commonwealth of Learning - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources and Change in Higher Education: Reflections from Practice

Umbrella for PhD (& Master) research on OER linked to different disciplinesIndented line
Addressing fundaments, design, applications, practice, context, evaluation and monitoring
Projects being run at the network partner universities around the world


Health OERs

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