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Open Educational Resources (OERs) for All

The six key areas of focus for IDO's Open Educational Resources (OERs) are:

  • Early Numeracy and Literacy
  • Teaching Strategies
  • New Pathways into Teaching
  • Higher Education
  • Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Civil Society Strengthening

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for anyone to use. OERs support access to knowledge and are core to The Open University’s (OU) social mission.  The OU is a world leader in the development of OERs which can include materials aimed at teachers, students, educators and healthcare professionals, materials available to print and digital resources, such as video and audio content.

As the largest and most diverse University in the UK we have throughout our 51-year history supported students from the widest range of backgrounds to develop their skills and further their life choices through high quality open and distance learning.  We have increasingly shared our expertise and learning through a range of UK and international partnerships with governments, universities and NGOs to extend educational opportunity globally.  This includes a dedicated International Development Office which has worked with a range of partners to support millions of teachers, educators, and health workers in the most challenging low resourced environments through open, distance, and practice-based learning. 

The Open University publishes its international development OER projects under Creative Commons licences. Creative Commons is an organisation providing ready-made licensing agreements that are less restrictive than the "all rights reserved" terms of standard international copyright. Depending on the specific version of the licence (there are six in total) users can: remix, edit, extract and build upon the resources for both commercial and non-commercial activities usually as long as they credit The Open University and any third party providers for the original content.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us about any of the resources or projects above please email us directly at: 

In addition to the above there are thousands of other Open University’s freely available Open Courses available via OpenLearn and OpenLearn Create which you can access by clicking on the images below.