Open Educational Resource Websites

Adapted from:

Kinuthia, W. 2009, "Open Resources for Open Learning in Developing Countries: Deciphering Trends for Policies, Quality, and Standards Considerations".  In S. Marshall, W. Kinuthia and W. Taylor (Eds) Bridging the knowledge divide: Educational technology for development, Information Age, Charlotte, NC, USA.

Open Educational Resource

Resource Description and Features



Collaborative environment for developing, sharing, and publishing scholarly content on the Web.

Content is organized into modules that are connectable to larger collections or courses. Free to use under Creative Commons "attribution" license.

Commonwealth of Learning (COL)


Wiki-based portal for development of free educational content.

Creates online communities, for example, Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth.



Digital library system to capture, store, index, preserve, and redistribute output of university’s research faculty in digital formats.

Developed jointly by MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard (HP).

Freely available to research institutions world-wide.



Jointly developed by University of Virginia and Cornell University.

Scalable general-purpose digital object repository system that supports repositories, digital libraries, content management, digital asset management, scholarly publishing, and digital preservation.

Harvard Open Collections Program (OCP)

Provides online access to Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums.

The Open University "LearningSpace"

The LearningSpace provides free access to Open University course materials to learners anywhere in the world.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) OpenCourseWare (OCW)

Large-scale e-publishing initiative that provides free, searchable access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners globally.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching



Searchable collection of peer-reviewed learning materials created by registered members, and a set of faculty development support services.

Goal is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by increasing the quantity and quality of peer reviewed OER that are easily incorporated into instructor designed courses.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL)


Created by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Open Archives Initiative (OAI)


Develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content.

Has roots in efforts to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication.

Open Learning Support

Utah State University's (USU) self-managed OER for educators and learners worldwide.



A Wiki-based collaborative project aiming to build a collectively created online encyclopedia.

Wikimedia Commons


Media repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, created and maintained by volunteers.

More websites


Open Access Journal

The International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) - is an e-journal that provides free and open access to all of its content. It aims to strengthen links between research and practice in ICT in education and development in hitherto less developed parts of the world, e.g., developing countries (especially small states), and rural and remote regions of developed countries.




Click on the links below to get information on:

UKOU's Open Educational Resources

"Creativity and the Law" video by Larry Lessig

The benefits and challenges of using OERs

The 2nd edition of the Theory and Practice of Online Learning available as a free e-book.