Open Educational Resources (OER)

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.

Upcoming workshops and webinars

24 June 2021 16:00-17:00 Introduction to OER and open pedagogy (Jako Olivier)

6 July 2021 10:00-11:30 Analyzing open practices from a social justice perspective (Maha Bali, The American University in Cairo, Egypt)

8 July 2021 14:00-15:30 Open licensing webinar: “Grappling with Open” (Paul West, Creative Commons South Africa)

11 August 2021 11:00-12:00 Ubuntu, Student Advocacy and Professional Development: Becoming an Open Education Influencer (BOEI) (Gino Fransman, Nelson Mandela University)

24 August 2021 14:00-15:30 Open textbooks as OER (Michelle Willmers, Bianca Masuku & Glenda Cox, University of Cape Town)

9 September 2021 15:00-16:30 Open source authoring tools to create open educational resources (Tel Amiel, University of Brasília, Brazil)

5 October 2021 14:00-15:30 OER and quality frameworks related to the UNESCO OER recommendation (Ebba Ossiannilsson, ICDE, Sweden)

26 October 2021 16:00-17:30 Introduction to Open Educational Resources Research using the COUPE (cost, outcomes, use, perceptions, and engagement) Framework (Virginia Clinton-Lisell, University of North Dakota, USA)


The following repositories list various OER:

Merlot -
OER Commons-
Open Course Library -
The Orange Grove -
Skills Commons -
Curriki -
Open Stax CNX -
Open Learning Initiative -
Teaching Commons -
Wikiversity -
HippoCampus -
Open Washington -
Slidewiki -