As a matter of principle, the OER Foundation uses Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). In practice, partnership with the OERu provides access to world-leading expertise in hosting open source technologies.

Rather than providing learning materials through a single application Learning Management System (LMS), the Foundation has implemented a component-based approach selecting “best-of-breed” technologies to assemble an open source, Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE). 

There are many benefits in adopting this approach, including: 

  • the low cost of the scalable open source technology infrastructure used to support the sustainable delivery of online courses 
  • the protection of learners’ privacy and data
  • free hosting of institutionally-branded versions of OERu courses for local reuse
  • the opportunity for partner institutions to replicate OERu technologies with detailed technical support from the blog.