Open.UToronto is a University of Toronto initiative that promotes the discovery, use, creation and sharing of openly licensed content, resources and courses.

The Open.UToronto website is a gateway to a wide array of “open” resources and projects from The University of Toronto. The Open.UToronto site is meant to serve as a hub to connect projects, people, groups and organizations interested in “Open”.


A Provostial Committee has been established to guide the development of Open UToronto principles and practice. The Committee will consult with members of the University community and will provide strategic advice and guidelines regarding on-line and open access resources and courses. The committee is Chaired by Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. Avi Hyman, Director, Academic & Collaborative Technologies (I+TS) & Institutional Strategist for Academic Technology (CTSI), is the Administrative Lead.


In today’s contemporary vision, Open most often refers to the idea of sharing freely available content, and by extension, the open or collective production of that content, and sometimes even the open systems and software used to produce or share that content. The Open movement is a growing global phenomenon, and the University of Toronto is proud to be a leader in this global community.

Most of the contemporary Open movements have their origins in the late 1990s. For more on each of them, please see the following Wikipedia entries:

Read More About Open:
The Phenomenon of Openness

OCW Initiatives

Open Courses (often called OpenCourseWare, OCW) are free and open digital publications 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. Open Courses are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the Internet. You may have also heard the term MOOC (massive, open, online courses) to describe this kind of content. Below are some links to a selection of noted OCW initiatives at other universities:

Not for Credit

Open.UToronto is not an accrediting body of the University of Toronto and does not run credit courses, grant degrees or certificates, nor provide access to University of Toronto faculty and licensed resources. Users of open resources, content and courses do so according to the guidelines described in our terms of use statements. If you are interested in taking for-credit courses and programs, or certified continuing education here at the University of Toronto, please visit the “Study at UofT”.

(Click here if you are looking for free, open courses / MOOCs rather than credit courses).

(Click here for more information about online credit courses at UofT)

Continuing Education

School of Continuing Studies
Our school is proud to be recognized globally as an innovative leader in continuing education. We also understand what drives our success – the energy, talent and commitment of our remarkable students. It is our close, collaborative engagement with our students that gives the School of Continuing Studies such a passionate sense of purpose. We’re here to provide valuable knowledge and credentials.

Other Options for Continuing Education at UofT
You don’t have to sign up for a formal program of study to continue your journey of lifelong learning. U of T offers many alternatives to degrees in the form of seminars, classes, workshops and lectures. We encourage you to explore the options offered by our many continuing education schools, centres and institutes.

Degree Programs

Degree Programs 
The University of Toronto welcomes applicants from all over Canada and the world. Students at the University of Toronto have access to a greater variety of academic programs than at any other university in Canada.  With the help of faculty and staff, students can tailor their university experience from more than 800 different undergraduate programs and more than 400 different graduate and professional programs. In all of these programs, students learn directly from some of the world’s top professors — teachers with a track record of discovery, collaboration, and innovation. Students at U of T have the opportunity to become actively involved in research and discovery. And to provide the best possible environment for study and learning, U of T is broken down into many smaller learning communities: three welcoming campuses, seven undergraduate colleges, and a range of faculties, schools and centres.

Online Credit Courses
The University of Toronto offers students diverse learning options — one of these options is online learning. Several undergraduate courses are now also being offered online. It doesn’t matter which U of T campus you study at, these online courses are open to all students from our three campuses. Some space in each course will be specifically reserved for students from each campus.