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Open Courseware
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Welcome to MERLOT’s OpenCourseware (OCW) Portal. OpenCourseware (OCW or OpenCourseware) is defined as:

…a free and open digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. (

This MERLOT portal is designed to help:

  • Campuses develop strategies and plans for designing, discovering, and delivering OCW
  • Faculty and staff choose “best practices,” tools, and processes related to the use of OCW
  • Faculty and staff find existing open courses that can be reused and/or adapted

The portal also provides an organized collection of links to other helpful resources and a showcase of exemplary open courses that use MERLOT and other high-quality content.

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Designers for Learning
Designers for Learning (EIN: 47-1639401) is organized as a nonprofit...
Digital Skills for Collaborative OER Development
Digital Skills for Collaborative OER Development (DS4OER) is a hands on course...
Learning to (Re)Use Open Educational Resources
This open course will guide participants through the discovery, use and reuse...
An introduction to OERs
Welcome to this unit everyone. The aim is to offer an introduction to Open...
Becoming an open educator
'Becoming an open educator', written collaboratively and produced as...
How to Use Open Educational Resources
The purpose of this course is to provide information and experience in using...
Locating, Creating, Licensing and Utilizing OERs
OER-101 is an open-access, self-paced online "Community Course" that...
Adopting Open Educational Resources [OER] in the Classroom
Adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) in the Classroom is a modular-course...
Becoming an Open Educator
During Becoming an Open Educator you will discover how to find open resources...

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