Open Educational Resources for Online Learning: A Practical Approach

Course Description

Open Educational Resources (OERs) have been recognised as a means to provide current and high-quality content in various fields of study. OERs bridge gaps of the inadequate number of required professionals and encourage collaboration that enhances the quality of knowledge and skills taught or learned. The need for OERs has become critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential contributions to educational recovery. Despite the availability of useful OERs, many do not know how to integrate them in teaching and learning. Therefore, in this course, you will learn how to plan, write, and evaluate OERs for integration in online learning content.


Course Contents

Week 1:Fundamentals of the Use of OERs in Online Learning

Unit 1: OERs and Copyrights

Unit 2: Copyrights and Intellectual Property

Unit 3: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Unit 4: Creative Commons Open Licenses (CC)

Unit 5: How to find and Use Quality OERs

Week 2: Online Course Design Basics

Unit 1:Applying ADDIE Model in Online Course Design  

Unit 2: Learning Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Unit 3: Applying Pedagogy in Online Learning

Unit 4: Learning Activities and Resources for Online Learning

Unit 5: Live Session

Week 3:Integrating OERs in Online Learning

Unit 1: Writing Acceptable Course Learning Objectives

Unit 2: Writing Acceptable Unit Learning Outcomes

Unit 3: Matching Learning Outcomes with Learning Activities

Unit 4: Matching Learning Outcomes with Learning Resources (OERs)

Unit 5: Assignment

Week 4: Developing the Online Content Using OERs

Unit 1:Using OERs Materials as standalone Course in a programme

Unit 2: Embedding OERs within texts/contents

Unit 3: Referencing OERs materials

Unit 4: Assignment

Unit 5: Live Session

Target audience

Educational practitioners, trainers, researchers, and all with interests in how to use Open Educational Resources for teaching and learning.

Outcomes of this Course

The objectives of this course are to:        

  • Plan online learning content using OERs
  • Write an online learning content integrating OERs
  • Evaluate OER for integration in online learning   


To earn a Certificate of Achievement, you must;

  • Take all quizzes with an average minimum score of 70% 
  • Watch all videos 
  • Submit your assignment and receive feedback
  • Participate in the discussion forums