Open Educational Resources (OERu) is a network of schools dedicated to the goals of educating anyone with internet access and a desire to learn. Bringing together institutions from around the world, OERu offers free educational opportunities and low-cost assessments for potential academic credit. A recent news release by the Open University promotes Badged Open Courses.
In a purposeful re-working of the now well-known MOOC (massive open online course), OERu is offering what they call a mOOC, or micro Open Online Course which can be completed very quickly and can offer a completion certificate.
lists the following values as being vital to their educational mission:
- "Free learning opportunities for all students worldwide
- Affordable assessment services toward credible credentials
- Open source (planning, processes, technology and learning materials)
- Strategic philanthropy
- Sustainable education futures"
Here at the Open Badges in Higher Education Project, we are looking forward to seeing how much evidence OERu is able to include in their badges, how earners use and share their badges, and what lessons we can learn from their experience.