OERs are learning materials released under an open intellectual property licence or in the public domain, allowing free-of-cost and legal reuse, revision, remixing and redistribution. Whilst OERs are mainly shared in digital formats (online and offline),


MOOCs are short courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access through the web. Its aim is to make higher education more accessible to people. Instead of physically attending lectures and seminars or visiting the library,


The National Open University of Nigeria on its way to becoming the first OER-based Open University with a broad OER-policy and open licensed MOOCs.

On 9 and 10 December 2015 the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) co-organized with the UNESCO a seminar on OER and MOOCs. The seminar aimed to provide opportunity for NOUN and UNESCO to introduce the concept and gains of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to delegates and invite all to join the OER/MOOCs movement for the common good of teaching and learning in Nigeria and  Africa; present an overview of NOUN’s journey towards embracing OER and MOOCs, including experiences from its capacity training workshops and steps employed in the conversion of courses into OER and making these available to students through mobile technology and promote re-use by academics.


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