The Wawasan Open University [ www.wou.edu.my ] is the youngest among Asia’s 70 universities engaged in open distance education. As a new university it wishes to take advantage by leapfrogging three or four generations of distance teaching practice by using all of the technological assets available to it, in this early part of the 21st century. The University is sponsored by a not-for-profit charity and is probably the first of its kind in Malaysia, a country populated by hundreds of for-profit private Higher Education Institutions.
The Institute of Research and Innovation [IRI] of the university is committed to exploring innovations in teaching and learning especially in the new technology enabled and enriched environment. The IRI was launched in mid 2010 and presently mobilizing funds to support it’s mission as well as develop a network of Asian researchers studying OER and OCW development in the continent.