Open Education Info Center

Students: Super Basic Introduction

We at the Open Education Consortium get so many inquiries from users from across the world on how to “register” for the courses. Here are some of the questions that may be of help to those who are very new to this type of courseware, learning materials and courses.

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Can you tell me how can I register in 15.433 Investments course for higher education?

You don’t have to register to take this course. This is a courseware you can use freely.

How can I become a member so that I can take the courses?

All courses you can find on the Open Education Consortium website do not require registration or membership. They are free to use, have open license, and do not even require log-in.

How can I enroll in your university?

Open Education Consortium is not a university. It is an affiliation of universities and organizations that are committed to creating and using open educational resources. There is no enrollment required for using open educational resources.

Can I get scholarship for your program?

We do not offer scholarship or grants to students. All learning materials are free, and there is no face to face education.

What does open license mean?

What you see in books, TV, internet, and other media are all copyrighted. Contents are automatically copyright protected when created. That means, you should be careful of using, distributing (photocopying), and modifying those materials.

On the other hand, OER (open educational resources) you see on this page use open license. Degree of “openness” varies. Some institutions let you use, reuse, and modify materials as long as you don’t make money from it. Some institutions let you do the same without any restrictions. Do check for license terms on each course page. Most courses use Creative Commons as the open license. You can see more information on Creative Commons website, and you can also go to this page in the Information Center.

How can I get a degree from taking your courses?

Open educational resources come largely from brick and mortar universities that offer formal education and degrees. However, these learning materials do not necessarily offer certifications and degrees. There are some courses that do offer certificates. Please visit this page for more information.