A key aspect promoted and researched by the Chair is Open Educational Resources (OER). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (2018) defines OER as "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium − digital or otherwise − that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions".

The North-West University has commited itself to the promotion, use and creation of OER through the OER Declaration which was approved by the NWU’s Senate in March 2018. Furthermore, the North-West University is also a partner with the OERu.

The following repositories list various OER:

Merlot - http://www.merlot.org/
OER Commons- http://www.oercommons.org/
AMSER- http://amser.org/
Open Course Library - http://opencourselibrary.org/
The Orange Grove - http://florida.theorangegrove.org/og/home.do
Skills Commons - http://www.skillscommons.org/
Curriki - http://www.curriki.org/
Open Stax CNX - http://cnx.org/
Open Learning Initiative - http://oli.cmu.edu/
Teaching Commons - http://teachingcommons.us/
Wikiversity - http://en.wikiversity.org/
HippoCampus - http://www.hippocampus.org/
Open Washington - http://www.openwa.org/
SOL*R - http://solr.bccampus.ca/wp/
Slidewiki - https://slidewiki.org/