Institutional OER-policies

July 7th, 2020


Over the past few months, various people have asked me whether I know of any examples of institutional policy in the field of OERs. I was usually asked because people had seen the report that Dominic Orr and I wrote for UNESCO together with Fengchun Miao and Sanjaya Mishra.  That report presents a few examples of institutional OER policy, but there are more.

Below is a list of institutions and organisations that have developed policies for OER of which I am aware. This list is not exhaustive. If anyone is aware of any additions, please let me know. If you are interested, I recommend that you also visit the OER World Map.

SURF – Stappenplan voor Beleid Open Leermaterialen - (in Dutch)

I. Hassler - University of Technology Delft  TU Delft Strategic Plan Open Science 2020-2024 Research and Education in the Open Era.

Amanda Coolidge & Daniel de Marte – BC Campus / Tidewater Community College College and University OER Policy Development Tool

OER-Africa - OER Policy Review and Development Toolkit

University of New England - The Feasibility Protocol

University of Saskatchewan OER Strategic Plan 2019-2023

University of Edinburgh – OER-policy

Glasgow Caledonian University Institutional – OER-Policy

Commonwealth of Learning – Policy Template

Universität Passau - Open Educational Resources Policy

Washington State University

Bridge – nonprofit organization South Africa

TU Hamburg - openTUHH | Policy für Offenheit in Forschung und Lehre

University of the South Pacific - OE Policy

Open University of Tanzania (OUT) – OER-policy

Hochschule Reutlingen - OER Policy

Coventry University – OER-Policy

BC Campus – Open Education Advocacy

Open University (UK) - Policies and Statements on Open Education

University of South Africa (UNISA) - Open Educational Resources Strategy

CCCOER – Community College Consortium for OER

Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) - Institutional OER policy template prepared by COL’s regional office -- 7/8, Sarv Priya Vihar, New Delhi, and available at

Wawasan Open University - Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy. Retrieved from

UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning 2011, 2015 - Guidelines for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education

Björn Haßler, Helen Neo and Josie Fraser - OER Guidance for Schools (2014),  Leicester City Council.

UCL Library Services  - Open Education Raodmap

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Canada) – OER Institutional Policy Source: SAIT/Who We Are/Publications/Applied-Education-Plan.pdf