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Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

Using intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback, the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) builds courses that are intended to enact instruction - or, more precisely, to enact the kind of dynamic, flexible, and responsive instruction that fosters learning.

College Open Textbooks

College Open Textbooks is a collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving the awareness and advocacy for open textbooks.


Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute:

-authors create and collaborate -instructors rapidly build and share custom collections -learners find and explore content

Creative Commons Education

The Internet and technology have transformed how people learn. Educational resources are no longer static and scarce, but digital and freely accessible. Teachers and learners everywhere can access world-class materials and participate in their creation and evolution. The potential impact of digitally enabled education is huge, but is also hindered by current legal and technical restrictions. Creative Commons provides the tools necessary to overcome these restrictions, opening up educational resources so that they are not only accessible, but adaptable, interoperable, and discoverable — helping to realize the full benefits of digitally enabled education. Read more in Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources (OER).

Hewlett Foundation

Since 2002, the Hewlett Foundation has worked with OER grantees to improve education globally by making high-quality academic materials openly available on the Internet. The Education Program continues to work toward establishing a self-sustaining and adaptive global OER ecosystem and demonstrating its potential to improve teaching and learning.

Hewlett OER Initiative Overview

For the past four years, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been the leading grantmaker in the field of “open educational resources” — high-quality digitized educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone with access to the Internet. These materials are available for use as is, or for re-use as appropriate. Hewlett’s commitment to advancing this exciting field is grounded in the belief that knowledge and education are common goods — and that limited resources and geography should not be barriers to an individual’s passion to learn.

Hewlett Report on the Open Education Movement

In 2002 the Education Program of the Hewlett Foundation introduced a major component into its strategic plan Using Information Technology to Increase Access to High-Quality Educational Content. This review1 begins with this plan as a baseline. Hewlett program officers were motivated to initiate the component after thoroughly examining content for K through 12 and post-secondary levels and finding it “alarmingly disappointing.”


MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

OER Commons

OER Commons is a network of teaching and learning materials built by linking to institutional collections and individual authors’ curricula and other learning materials.

Online College Classes

A free compendium of educational multimedia content from around the web.

Open Access Textbooks Project

The Open Access Textbooks Project is a two-year initiative to create a sustainable model for the discovery, production, and dissemination of open textbooks. Funded by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), this project builds on lessons learned in open textbook efforts across the United States and seeks to create a collaborative community to further sustainable implementation of open textbooks.

OpenCourseWare Consortium

The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

Teachers Without Borders

Teachers Without Borders is a non-profit, international organization with a small staff and a membership of over 6,500 in over 180 countries. Our programs are conceived by, led, and developed by local education leaders and supported by a global network of colleagues.

UNESCO OER Community

The UNESCO Community of Interest on Open Educational Resources was formed in 2005 at the end of a formal Internet discussion forum on Open Educational Resources: open content for higher education. This forum was the third of a series organised by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) to examine key issues related to the use of Information and Communication Technologies in higher education. The forum series and subsequent work on OER took place in the context of IIEP's "observation" function to explore new trends in education.

University of Michigan Open.Michigan

Open.Michigan is a University of Michigan initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to share their educational resources and research with the global learning community.


The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative: - planning of education projects linked with the development of free content; - development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning; - work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs. - networking on funding proposals developed as free content.