OpenCourseware Community Portal

MERLOT OpenCourseware


Welcome to MERLOT’s OpenCourseware (OCW) Portal. OpenCourseware (OCW or OpenCourseware) is defined as:

…a free and open digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. (

This MERLOT portal is designed to help:

  • Campuses develop strategies and plans for designing, discovering, and delivering OCW
  • Faculty and staff choose “best practices,” tools, and processes related to the use of OCW
  • Faculty and staff find existing open courses that can be reused and/or adapted

The portal also provides an organized collection of links to other helpful resources and a showcase of exemplary open courses that use MERLOT and other high-quality content.

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