One full time equivalent (FTE) year of study equates to 120 OERu credits (or 30 North American credits) see explanation and corresponding conversion tables below.
Typical course size in different regions of the world
As an international network, the OERu must ensure transnational credit transfer. However, the course sizes that make up a year of study differ across international jurisdictions. The international standard for one year of full-time study is approximately 1200 notional learning hours. The difference in course sizes typically found in different regions is illustrated in the table below:
|Region / Country||Number of courses
for 1 FTE year of study
|Total learning hours|
Size of OERu micro-courses
To achieve a standard transfer “currency” the OERu has adopted a modular micro-course format. Each micro-course equates to 40 notional hours of learning effort. Therefore, in North America 3 micro-courses are typically required to make up a standard 3-credit course, whereas in Australia, 4 micro-courses must be completed to qualify for transcript credit for the relevant course. In the United Kingdom, 5 micro-courses are the equivalent of 20 UK credits.
OERu credit conversion model compared to North American Credits
In the OERu credit transfer model:
- 1 OERu credit = 10 notional learning hours.
- 1 North American credit = 40 notional learning hours.
No. of OERu
|3 credit North American course||120||12||3 micro-courses|
|16 credit New Zealand course||160||16||4 micro-courses|
|20 credit United Kingdom course||200||20||5 micro-course|