Appendix A: Organizations and Projects

Last update: Sept 5/19


BCcampus Open Education

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIÉ): a national organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan: This charitable organization maintains the Darakht-e Danesh Library, a digital repository of open educational resources (OERs) for teachers, students on more than 3,000 resources in over 100 subjects, for both primary and secondary teachers, in three languages: Dari, Pashto and English, and hopes to expand into additional Afghan minority languages. The library was created to increase access to quality, locally adapted educational resources.

Contact North: Helps underserved Ontarians in 600 small, rural, remote, Indigenous and Francophone communities get jobs by making it possible for them to access education and training without leaving their communities.

Creative Commons CanadaEmail, social media: Twitter and first chapter meeting minutes

eCampusOntario: A not-for-profit corporation, is funded by the Government of Ontario to be a centre of excellence in online and technology-enabled learning for all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario.

Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative: On September 11, 2015, Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Advanced Learning  the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative with the goal of making higher education more accessible by reducing students costs through the use of openly licensed textbooks in Manitoba.

Open Government (Canada): Is about making government more accessible to everyone. Participate in conversations, find data and digital records in the open portal, attend conferences, and learn about the Open Government licence (very similar to the Creative Commons licence).

United States

Achieving the Dream (ATD): A non-governmental U.S. network of community colleges looking to transform education and help students through knowledge sharing, innovative solutions and effective practices and policies.

Apereo: A vibrant and value-driven organization with a noteworthy history celebrating two strong organizations, the Sakai Foundation and Jasig. The incubation process – helps software communities on the path to sustainable innovation – benefits both projects, in terms of structured support in their early stages, and adopters, in terms of clarity around the steps young projects have taken to guarantee Intellectual Property Rights, and build a sustaining community.

Building Open Infrastructure at CUNY: This project presents reflections by CUNY Graduate Center faculty, staff, and students on ongoing work on open educational resources and open pedagogy. These projects have been supported by the Teaching and Learning Center and GC Digital Initiatives

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resource (CCCOER): A growing consortium of community and technical colleges committed to expanding access to education and increasing student success through adoption of open educational policy, practices, and resources.

Creative Commons: With a network of staff, board, and affiliates around the world, Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice.

Lumen Learning: Works with over 250 colleges and universities across the U.S. to provide sustainable, effective course materials (OER) that improve learning.

Michelson 20MM (originally Twenty Million Minds Foundation): Originally formed in 2010 to to tackle a broken textbook publishing model controlled by five major textbook publishers, it is now dedicated to supporting and investing in entrepreneurs, technologies, and higher learning initiatives that seek to transform lives.

NROC Project: Creates open educational resources (OER) designed to broaden learners’ access to high-quality educational opportunities.

OER Metadata Group:  Establishing OER metadata standards for discovery calling all technical services librarians and OER search engine administrators.

Office of Educational Technology (Open Education): A U.S. government department that creates an open education ecosystem that involves making learning materials, data, and educational opportunities available without restrictions imposed by copyright laws, access barriers, or exclusive proprietary systems that lack interoperability and limit the free exchange of information.

Open Oregon: Promotes textbook affordability for Oregon’s community college and university students, and facilitates widespread adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials.

Open Source Initiative (OSI): OSI was formed in 1998 as an educational, advocacy, and stewardship organization for open software source code.

Open SUNY and Open SUNY Textbooks: Open SUNY (The State University of New York) is an initiative in which programs for 64 SUNY institutions offer a suite of supports and services–including OER–at no additional cost.

Open Textbook Alliance: A network of U.S. college student government leaders who are bringing open textbooks to their campuses.

Open Textbook Network: Helps higher education institutions and systems in the U.S. advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses and maintains the Open Textbook Library, the premiere resource for peer-reviewed academic textbooks.

Open Washington: State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) launched this site in 2014; it is an open educational resources network for Washington State Community and Technical College (WA CTC) faculty.

OpenStax: A nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University that publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed post-secondary textbooks.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Access Resources Coalition): Works to enable open sharing of research and educational materials to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.

Global North

Centrum Cyfrowe: Making the world more inclusive, more cooperative and more open by changing the way people learn, participate in culture, use the internet and exercise their rights as internet users.

European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN): Shares knowledge and improves understanding amongst professionals in distance and e-learning and to promote policy and practice across the whole of Europe and beyond.

Global Open Initiative (GOI): Located in Accra, Ghana, GOI is a not-for-profit organization made up of a dedicated group of open advocates who are striving to solve social problems that confront our communities such as challenges in public services delivery, transparency and democratic control, and availability of educational resources.

Karisma: Promotes human rights in the digital world, and is the affiliated entity that supports the Colombian chapter of Creative Commons.

Knowledge 4 All Foundation: A distributed institute based in London (UK), with two main streams of activities, on one side pioneering Machine Learning methods of pattern analysis, statistical modeling, and computational learning and on the other transform these into technologies for large scale applications in Open Education.

Knowledge Unlatched (Berlin): Makes scholarly content freely available to everyone and contributes to the further development of the Open Access (OA) infrastructure. Our online marketplace provides libraries and institutions worldwide with a central place to support OA collections and models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives. With their support we transition monographs and journals in a wide variety of disciplines from paywalled to Open Access content.

OER Hub: Researching open education.

Open Education Passport (OEPASS): Improving the portability and recognition of open learning.

OpenMed: Raises awareness and facilitated the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in the South-Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on higher education in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine.

Open Scotland: Open Scotland is a voluntary cross sector initiative that aims to raise awareness of open education, encourage the sharing of open educational resources, and explore the potential of open policy and practice to benefit all sectors of Scottish education. Open Scotland is supported by the University of Edinburgh and the ALT Scotland SIG.

OPERAS (Open Access in the European Research Area through Scholarly Communication): Coordinate and pool university-led scholarly ­communication activities in Europe in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), in view of enabling Open Science as the standard practice.

Polish Coalition for Open Education: An institutional partner of Creative Commons Poland, founding member of the Communia Association, founding member of the Polish Coalition for Open Education and member of the Copyright for Creativity coalition.

ReOPEN (Recognition of Valid and Open Learning): Aims to create instruments to develop validated OOL for recognition of prior and non-formal learning.

The Open University

Year of Open: A global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations.

Global South

African Virtual University (AVU): A Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.

OER Africa: An initiative of Saide, established in 2008 with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), to enhance teaching and learning.

Open Saide: Making available Saide’s Open Educational Resources, on-line professional development open courses, and software tools for the education market free to use, adapt, repurpose and share.

ROER4D (Research on Open Education Resources for Development): Investigates ways and under what circumstances the adoption of open educational resources (OER) ccan address the increasing demand for accessible, relevant, high-quality and affordable education in the Global South.


Commonwealth of Learning (COL): As one of its initiatives, COL promotes the open schooling model across the Commonwealth.

GO-GN: The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) is a network of PhD candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education (i.e. OER, OEP, MOOC). These doctoral researchers are at the core of the network; around them, over two hundred experts, supervisors, mentors and interested parties connect to form a community of practice.

Initiative for Open Citations: A collaboration between scholarly publishers, researchers, and other interested parties to promote the unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data.

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE): Leading global membership organization for online, open and flexible education and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC | CRDI): Supports research in developing countries to create real and lasting change. This knowledge can be used as a tool for addressing pressing global challenges. Open access policy.

OERu: Connects learners around the world with defined pathways to education, created by recognised educators and assessed by renowned global institutions. The learning is free and credentialing is very affordable.

On the Commons: A commons movement strategy center founded in 2001. Through our efforts, we help build and bring visibility to the commons movement; initiate and catalyze commons work; develop and encourage commons leadership. We believe it is possible to foster a commons-based society, which refers to a shift away from our market-based system, through new, collaborative ways of working.

Open Education Consortium (OEC): A non-profit, global, members-based network of open education institutions and organizations. OEC represents its members and provides advocacy and leadership around advancement of open education globally.

Open Education Group: An interdisciplinary research group that conducts research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption.

Open Knowledge International: A global non-profit organisation focused on realising open data’s value to society by helping civil society groups access and use data to take action on social problems. There is a Network of countries participating.

Open Education Working Group (from Open Knowledge International): Brings people together to promote Open Educational Practices and Open Educational Resources, as well as Open Policies,  Open Science and Open Data in education to initiate global cross-sector and cross-domain activity that encompasses the various facets of open education.

Year of Open: A global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations.


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Appendix A: Organizations and Projects by Lauri M. Aesoph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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