Open Educational Resources (OER) describes learning and teaching materials that are openly licensed or otherwise in the public domain. They can be used, adapted, and redistributed freely without any need to secure additional permissions. OER are a key driver of the Open Education movement.
The use of OER increases access to education and supports innovation in teaching and learning. It fosters a spirit of sharing and co-operation and empowers teachers and learners. OER can help to increase the quality of educational resources and there is also growing evidence, that using OER contributes to reducing the costs of education.
The goal of the OER World Map is to illuminate the global Open Educational Resources movement by facilitating interaction and collaboration. It collects and shares open data about actors and activities related to OER. The supplied information supports a wide range of use cases.
We provide the most complete and comprehensible picture of the global Open Educational Resource movement:
All our data can be filtered, e.g. by topic, language, licence or audience. The OER World Map includes exciting information. If you do not know where to begin, start here:
Building and sustaining this map is a collaborative process. You can search for information provided by others - and you can contribute information yourself.
Add your project to the map
Without your knowledge we are nothing. Share the outcomes and lessons learned of your project and help to make the world a better place.
Share your story
Tell your open education story and share your experiences with us and other friends from countries all over the world.
Become a country champion
Take responsibility and become a regional point of contact as a member of our country champion network.
Become an OER World Map librarian
You like to collect data and the satisfying feeling of bringing order to a chaotic world? Start collecting data on a regular basis. You will encounter a deeper understanding of the OER ecosystem.
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Become a strategic partner
You share our vision and want to use our platform or contribute to it on a major scale? Become a member of our strategic partner network - together nothing can stop us proceeding towards openness!
The platform is developed by the North-Rhine-Westphalia Library Service Centre (hbz) in cooperation with graphthinking GmbH and with cooperation of the Open University, UK. The project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation till the end of 2018.