Join an international network with a philanthropic mission to provide first-class, accessible and affordable education to everyone – no matter where they live, or what their background.
OERu is a low cost, low risk – but high impact – initiative. Become an OERu partner and learn how your institution can reduce the costs and time required to produce high-quality online courses, while working towards social inclusion. Reach the untapped potential of under-served markets, and take the opportunity to diversify your curriculum in a cost-effective manner, especially for low enrolment courses.
Raise your institution’s profile through WikiEducator, one of the world’s largest and most productive educational wiki communities. Make a meaningful community service contribution, and help make higher education sustainable through economic development.
Consult Join OERu for additional information.
How will you benefit from becoming an OERu partner?
There are many benefits to joining the OERu partner institution network – but three stand out:
Community Service: widen access to higher education for learners currently excluded due to costs or lack of local availability.
Networking: join an international network of ‘like-minded’ academic institutions
New services: explore new business opportunities that can arise from getting involved in open education.
Joining our network is the smart choice – no new money is required and you will recoup recurrent operational costs.
Find out more about what we do
7 Things you should know about the OERu network plan (PDF, 392KB) or
Read our Organisation FAQs for more details about the benefits of becoming a OERu partner.
OERu membership requirements and cost
join the OER Foundation as contributing members and agree to assemble two courses from existing open education materials for the benefit of our network
donate a 0.2 full-time staff equivalent for developing and maintaining their own course contributions to the network
join as gold-level members at the cost of US$4000 (net) per annum, after taking the multi-year discount into account – membership fees are utilised to sustain the central infrastructure for the planning, development and hosting of OERu courses
retain decision-making autonomy regarding the fee structure for assessment services provided and credit transfer protocols
can follow, and contribute to, OERu activities in WikiEducator – ensuring that everything we do is transparent
are invited to participate in the OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers, which functions as an assembly of senior leaders called together for consultation on strategic higher education futures.
As a registered non-profit organisation, all spending of revenue generated by the OER Foundation is restricted to the charitable educational activities of the network.
How to become an OERu partner
OERu welcomes expressions of interest from recognised and accredited post-secondary institutions. The majority of partners join the OER Foundation as gold contributing members.
The three-year gold-level membership of US$4000 (after multi-year discount) is recommended as this includes a minimal staff time contribution and fees can be paid annually, without a lump-sum advance payment to qualify for discount.
Contributing members participate actively in the management and decision-making processes of the OERu.
Read our Join OERu for more details about the benefits of becoming a OERu partner.
For more information on membership categories contact the Director and UNESCO-ICDE Chair for OER.