Open Access: Open Source Software and Open Educational Resources

open access cloudOpen source software (OSS) and open educational resources (OER) share a common heritage and philosophy - they are both about giving everyone access and permission to use, change and re-use material.  This page helps you find out more about OSS and OER, so that you can use them in your teaching and learning.

OSS and OER both share the same benefits:

  1. Low or no cost to users, as products are generally free to access and download;
  2. Shorter development cycle due to the collaborative, parallel efforts of developers;
  3. Adaptability to suit own conditions.


Benefits of open source for teaching

So how can OSS help you in your teaching? With the high costs of purchasing software, teachers always need to on the lookout for cheaper access to it. Click on the OSS link to find out more.


Benefits of open educational resources for teaching

So how can OER help you in your teaching? With the high costs involved in developing materials for on campus and especially for online teaching, teachers always need to on the lookout for smarter ways to work. Click on the OER link to find out more.


Links to more information on open access



Open source

In April 2009, Microsoft released the ASP.NET MVC source code under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).  This is Microsoft open access - the MS-PL contains no platform restrictions and provides broad rights to modify and redistribute the source code.



Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are "digitized materials that are offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and re-use for teaching, learning, and research." OER are extremely important for assisting institutions to get online programs up and running easily and quickly - and within the small budget that they are often working with.


List of schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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