OER Web sites

Hewlett Foundation http://www.hewlett.org/oer has taken a pioneering role in the development and use of OER with its support of many initiatives: "The Open Educational Resources movement began in 2001 when the Hewlett and the Andrew W. Mellon foundations jointly funded MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), the first institution committed to making all of its course materials freely available. Since then, more than 60 additional institutions have launched OpenCourseWare Web sites.

Some Prominent OER examples:

  • MIT Open Courseware http://ocw.mit.edu/ , perhaps the most well known OER initiative, provides free access to MIT course materials.
  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Sharing Of Free Intellectual Assets (Sofia) http://sofia.fhda.edu/
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health OpenCourseWare http://ocw.jhsph.edu/ project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses.
  • Tufts University OpenCourseWare http://ocw.tufts.edu/ is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online.
  • Utah State University OpenCourseWare http://ocw.usu.edu/ is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.
  • eduCommons http://educommons.com/ is a content management system designed specifically to support OpenCourseWare projects.
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Open Learning Initiative http://www.cmu.edu/oli/ , provides openly available and free online courses and course materials that enact instruction for an entire course in an online format.
  • Monterey Institute for Technology, Online Advanced Placement courses http://www.archive.org/details/ap_courses . These high school level materials are available for free download.
  • Connexions http://cnx.org/ is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.
  • Curriki http://www.curriki.org/ supports the development and free distribution of educational materials.
  • OER Commons http://www.oercommons.org/ is a teaching and learning network of shared educational materials.
  • OpenLearn http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ provides access to course materials from The Open University (UK).
  • WikiEducator http://www.wikieducator.org/ is a community resource supported by the Commonwealth of Learning for the development of free educational content.
  • Wikiversity http://www.wikiversity.org/ is a community for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities, sponsored by the people behind the Wikipedia.
  • Internet Archive, Education http://www.archive.org/details/education . This library contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China.
  • OER Africa http://www.oerafrica.org/understandingoer/UnderstandingOER/WhatisOER/tabid/1097/Default.aspx Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are offered freely and are openly available online for educators and learners, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or license fees.
  • African OCW initiative (University of Western Cape) http://freecourseware.uwc.ac.za. This site is involved in making course materials available through an open content license.
  • UNESCO OER projects http://oerwiki.iiep-unesco.org as a place where members of the UNESCO OER Community can work together on questions, issues and documents.

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