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Open Educational Resources: Introduction

This LibGuide provides resources on free and open educational material, including guidelines, websites, articles, course content, free teaching resources, etc.


Welcome to this LibGuide on Open Educational Resources (OERs).  I hope that educators and students will find the resources useful.  If you have any queries or suggestions about this LibGuide, please contact Denise Nicholson (see contact details in Profile).


  • Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Wits Open Access and OER Strategy
  • Search Engines for OERs
  • OER Resources
  • OERs by Topic (A-L) and (M-Z)
  • OERs & Tools for Teaching/Learning
  • Open Access Resources
  • iTunes U
  • OpenCourseWare
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Guidelines, Reports and Policies
  • Articles, Books, etc.
  • Creative Commons/Open Licensing
  • Research Process and Resources
  • Wits Library Services

Please note: Conditions or certain licences, e.g. Creative Commons, may apply to some of these resources.  Always check the Conditions of Use if you are using the material beyond the provisions of 'Fair Dealing' in the SA Copyright Act. Some may be entirely free to use and reproduce, whilst others may have some conditions related to the re-use or reproduction of works. 

Some linked material on this LibGuide may be copyright protected, so please check and ensure that you obtain the necessary copyright permission, where applicable.  MOOCs are licensed under Creative Commons licences or are subject to copyright, so check before using them.

Directory of Open Educational Resources (COL)

Readings on Open Education (The Open Education Reader)