About The Open Education Consortium

The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.  We envision a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the education they need to build their futures.  We seek to instill openness as a feature of education around the world, allowing greatly expanded access to education while providing a shared body of knowledge upon which innovative and effective approaches to today’s social problems can be built. The Open Education Consortium realizes change by leveraging its sources of expert opinion, its global network and its position as the principal voice of open education.

What is Open Education?

Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs.

The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new.  In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.  Open Education seeks to scale educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate. Open is key; open allows not just access, but the ability to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for large and diverse audiences.

Why is Open Education important?

Education is an essential tool for individuals and society to solve the challenges of the present and seize the opportunities of the future. However, the current provision of education is limited by educational institutions’ capacity, consequently, this resource is available to the few, not the many.  The digital revolution offers a potential solution to these limitations, giving a global audience unprecedented access to free, open and high-quality educational resources.

People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, people can fulfill this desire. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn something that will help them on the job. Faculty can exchange material and draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. People can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share information and ideas. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and allowing new approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.

Our Sponsors

Activities of the Open Education Consortium are generously supported by:

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Sustaining Members of the Open Education Consortium:

  • The African Virtual University
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV Online
  • Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Korea OpenCourseWare Consortium
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Netease Information Technology
  • Open Universiteit
  • Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
  • Taiwan Open Course Consortium
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Tufts University
  • Universia
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Michigan

and contributions of member organizations

You can read or download our bylaws here.

Open Textbooks

View open textbooks in many subject areas.  Use links below to search by discipline.
Political Science
Statistics & Probability

Find open and free textbooks that may be suitable for use in community college courses from the list of Subjects provided. For descriptions of these open textbooks, see listings in MERLOT and OER Commons. Most of the textbooks on this list have Creative Commons (CC) open licenses or GNU-Free Document License. Others are U.S. government documents in the public domain (PD).

Many other textbooks are free to view online but are NOT OPEN for reuse and customization. See Copyrighted Digital Textbooks for a list of learning content without open licenses.

Learn more about open textbooks:

Courses by Institution

We would like to highlight the following Open Education Consortium members that publish Openly Licensed CourseWare.


African Virtual University

AGH University of Science and Technology

Capilano University

Dixie State College of Utah

Eastern Mediterranean University

Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV Online

Gunadarma University

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Hokkaido University

IE University

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Korea University

Kyoto Seika University

Kyushu University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Middle East Technical University


National Cheng Kung University

National Chiao Tung University

National Dong Hwa University

National Taiwan University

National Tsing Hua University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Open College @ Kaplan University

Paris Tech

People’s Open Access Education Initiative

Shahid Beheshti University

Shanghai Jiaotong University(SJTU)

Taipei Medical University

Tecnológico de Monterrey

The Open University

The Open University of Israel

The University of Nottingham

Tokyo Institute of Technology

TU Delft

Tufts University

UNISUL – Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

United Nations University

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Universidad de Alicante

Universidad de Cantabria

Universidad de Granada

Universidad de La Laguna

Universidad del Cádiz

Universidad del Valle – Colombia

Universidad de Monterrey

Universidad de Murcia

Universidad de Navarra

Universidad de Oviedo

Universidad de Salamanca

Universidad de Sevilla

Universidad de Zaragoza

Universidad Estatal a Distancia

Universidad Icesi

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Universidad Politécnica Madrid


Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Universitat de Barcelona

Universitat de les Illes Balears

Universitat de Lleida

Universitat de Valéncia

Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO

Universitat Jaume I

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

University of California, Irvine

University of Cape Town

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Michigan

University of Nantes

University of Notre Dame

University of Sumatera Utara

University of Tsukuba

Various sources


Virtual University of Pakistan


In the US trhere are a number universities that are mere “Degree Mills”. Like University of the People, Atlantic International University and a couple more. A degree from them will be almost useless as they are not approved by the US Ministry of Education, nor by any truly accredited universities in the US. They claim they are accredited and in some sense they are accredited by a private accreditation bureau, but NOT by the US Ministry of Education nor by any serious universities in the US.

Follow this link to download a database of the accredited universities in the US.

Find your new university here