Media information for OERu
Media kit for OERu - includes contact and background information for OERu leadership team, OERu print-ready logos, and previous media releases
Following an international open meeting with funding support from UNESCO, the Open Education Resource universitas (OERu) was established to facilitate access to open online courses for students around the world. A growing international network of socially motivated institutions contributes to the creation of OERu courses and provides affordable opportunities for learners to gain academic credit towards recognised qualifications. Operational costs for shared OERu infrastructure are funded through membership in the OER Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2009, with surplus revenue invested into charitable activities for the benefit of the network. OERu partners recoup assessment and credentialing services on a fee-for-service basis.
Media contact: Wayne Mackintosh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What is OERu?
The Open Education Resource universitas (OERu) was established in 2011 to facilitate access to free online courses for students around the world. An extensive, international network of socially motivated institutions contributes to the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and provides affordable opportunities for learners to gain academic credit towards recognised qualifications.
What does 'universitas' mean?
This term draws on the original etymology of ‘universitas magistrorum et scholarium,’ which roughly means ‘community of teachers and scholars,’ and reflects the spirit of OERu as a global network of accredited universities, polytechnics, community colleges, and educational agencies cooperating on open education approaches.
What is the OER Foundation?
The Open Education Resource (OER) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, established in 2009, that provides leadership, international networking, and support for educators and educational institutions to achieve their objectives through Open Education. The OERu is a flagship project of the OER Foundation, along with WikiEducator, a community of 80,000 educators, and Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, a national affiliate of Creative Commons international.
Print-ready, downloadable OERu logos
What is the OERu leadership structure?
Wayne Mackintosh (PhD)
Director of the OER Foundation and UNESCO-ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic.
OER Foundation Board of Directors
- Mary Burgess, Executive Director, BCcampus, Canada
- Robin Day (PhD), Independent Chair of the Board of Directors, New Zealand
- Wayne Mackintosh (PhD), UNESCO-ICDE Chair in OER, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand.
- Jim Taylor (PhD), Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
- Rory McGreal (PhD), UNESCO-COL Chair in OER, Athabasca University, Canada
- David Porter (Ed.D.), Chief Executive Officer Designate, eCampusOntario, Canada
- Prof Sandra Wills, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, Charles Sturt University, Australia.
- Philip Cullen, Chief Operating Officer, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers
The OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers advises the OERu. The Council is an assembly of senior leaders called together for consultation on strategic higher education futures.