Open Educational Resources (OER)

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The University of Virginia provides open education resources (OER) and open learning resources as a vital part of our mission to increase access to high-quality educational resources within the Commonwealth of Virginia.  OER content is provided on many platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, and Coursera.  Publishing OER has provided an opportunity for the University to expand its global presence, integrate global perspectives to the UVA classroom, support teaching innovation, and encourage big data research through the use of learning analytics.


There are over 40 courses and 3 specializations available through our platform partner, Coursera.  We invite you to join our outstanding faculty and the over 4 million learners from over 200 countries participating in our open online courses on Coursera.

Audio OER and Podcasts

Below are a few of the audio OER including podcasts being produced by 'Hoos on and off Grounds according to UVA Today.

Virginia Athletics Podcast 

For Cavalier sports fans, “The Virginia Athletics Podcast” is the show for you. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at the UVA athletics program, featuring Cavalier coaches and players. With more than 190 episodes recorded, host Jeff White’s guests come from every varsity program on Grounds, including a recent conversation with Todd DeSorbo, who discussed his first year as the head coach of Virginia’s swimming and diving teams.  “The Virginia Athletics Podcast’ is available to stream on its website or on iTunes. Episodes on average range from 15 to 20 minutes in length.


When it comes to politics podcasts, many are divided among party lines, but that is not the case for “Bipodisan.” As co-hosts, Paul Orzulak, a Democrat, and Mary Kate Cary, a Republican, find common ground to discuss news and current events. As the senior fellow for presidential studies at UVA’s Miller Center and the former White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush, Cary is well-versed in all things politics and provides insight to the state of the world on “Bipodisan.” Orzulak is a well-matched host to Cary with his experience as a former White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. “Bipodisan” is available to stream on its website,  iTunesStitcher and Google Play. Episodes on average range from 30 minutes to an hour in length.

Chart Chat

As doctoral students in UVA’s McIntire Department of Music, hosts Caitlin Flay and Tanner Greene know a lot about music. The hosts found their podcast topic, chart-topping hits from both the United States and the United Kingdom, because they were “already researching popular music, so it was perfect fit from the start,” Greene said.  With the support of, the podcasting network hosted by WTJU radio at the University, “Chart Chat” guides listeners through the pop charts as they introduce emerging artists to listeners and explain what’s compelling about the latest pop hit. “Chart Chat” welcomes its listeners to join in and share their enthusiasm for the pop genre.  “Chart Chat” is available to stream on iTunesStitcher and Libsyn. Episodes on average range from 30 minutes to an hour in length. 

Arts on Grounds

Featuring interviews with students, professors and artists-in-residence, “Arts on Grounds” seeks to give voice to some of the amazing creative work being done at UVA right now. “Arts on Grounds” is available to stream on SoundCloud. Episodes on average range from five to 10 minutes.

The Global Inquirer

As the founder, host and editor-in-chief of “The Global Inquirer,” fourth-year student Niko Marcich saw the podcast as an extension of his studies in the classroom. As a foreign affairs and international economics major, he wanted to apply his interest in “foreign affairs beyond classes, essays and readings.”  Along with support from and the International Relations Organization, “The Global Inquirer” was created to focus on trends around the world, from colonialism in South African education to geopolitics in central Asia. By focusing only on one issue per episode, the podcast takes a deep dive into international relations and gives its listeners a new perspective on current events around the world.  “The Global Inquirer” is available to stream on its website and SoundCloud. Episodes on average range from 30 minutes to an hour in length.

Professors Are People Too 

Professors Are People Too aims to maintain a strong interpersonal respect between students and professors at the University.  In each episode, the hosts invite UVA faculty members to discuss their stories. The conversations between the hosts and the guest range from their journey to the University or how their own personal experiences shaped their career.  “Professors are People Too” is available to stream on SoundCloud and on WUVA’s website. Episodes on average range from five to 10 minutes in length.

Circle of Willis

When Jim Coan, associate professor of clinical psychology and director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, first heard the phrase, “Circle of Willis,” which refers to the connection of the arteries supplying blood to the brain and surrounding structures, he thought it would make a great band name – or better yet, a podcast. With support from the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Center for Media and Citizenship and UVA media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, Coan’s podcast, “Circle of Willis,” showcases one-on-one conversations with scientists about their work. Coan’s approach makes the subject material accessible to the public. “I've focused on getting my guests to talk not only about their work, but also about their lives,” he said. “I want them to tell the stories of their careers and in the process, give everyone else – from their peers to the general public – a chance to get to know them as relatable human beings rather than superficial stereotypes.”  “Circle of Willis” is available to stream on its websiteiTunesTuneInStitcher and Google Play. Episodes on average range from 45 minutes to an hour in length. 

Past Present 

As an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, Nicole Hemmer knows a thing or two about history. Hemmer and her co-hosts, independent scholar Neil Young (no, not that Neil Young) and Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, an associate professor of history at the New School, bring their historical expertise to examine three topics each week at “Past Present.”  Hemmer and her co-hosts understand many people may feel they are living in what “feels like a precedent-breaking era.” To remedy that, “Past Present” uses history to help listeners understand breaking news and to analyze how much the world has changed or stayed the same. Ultimately as a historian, Hemmer wants her listeners to “walk away understanding that everything has a history, and that that history is fundamental to understanding who we are and how we got here.”  “PastPresent” is available to stream on its websiteiTunes, and Stitcher. Episodes on average range from 45 minutes to an hour in length. 

Hoos on First 

As a part of the Cavalier Daily’s shift toward digital-first content, “Hoos on First” host and fourth-year student Emily Caron pitched the idea of a podcast to function as an extension of the student newspaper’s sports coverage. Caron, who had previously worked with ESPN’s popular show, “Outside the Lines,” possesses in-depth knowledge of Cavalier sports and brings that energy to the podcast. “Covering the Cavaliers is always exciting because all of our programs are truly rooted in excellence,” she said. Caron finds that the Cavaliers are “really special to be able to cover because you know they mean so much to the school and the students here.”  “Hoos on First” is available to stream on SoundCloud. Episodes on average range from 30 minutes to an hour. 

The Katie Couric podcast 

Since graduating from UVA in 1979, Katie Couric has become one of the best-known journalists in America – and recently had her newest documentary series, “America Inside Out with Katie Couric,” screened on Grounds.  Couric and co-host Brian Goldsmith created a podcast in 2016 to have one-on-one conversations with prominent figures in politics, news and popular culture. One of the goals of the “Katie Couric” podcast is to have more inclusive and candid discussions, because – as she mentions in the first episode of her podcast – Couric finds that nowadays, “We are not talking to each other anymore, we are talking at each other.” The “Katie Couric” podcast is available to stream on its websiteStitcherGoogle Play and iTunes. Episodes on average range from 30 minutes to an hour. 


As an initiative of UVA’s Student Activities office, “YourUVA” showcases one student’s experiences on Grounds each episode. Each student interviewed for “YourUVA” gives the listener a personal look at how UVA communities have shaped his or her experience on Grounds. “YourUVA” is available to stream on its website and SoundCloud. Episodes are about five minutes in length. 

Success Through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr. 

Jim Harshaw Jr. flexes the skills he developed working as an assistant wrestling coach with the Cavaliers on his podcast, “Success through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr.”  In more than 140 episodes, Harshaw – who graduated from the University in 1999 – features a variety of interviews with prominent authors, athletes and even astronauts. They discuss how they have turned failures and challenges in their life into success. Many will notice a few familiar ‘Hoos as guests on his podcast, including Cavalier head wrestling coach Steve Garland. “Success through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr.” is available to stream on its websiteiTunesSpotify and Stitcher. Episodes on average range from 30 minutes to an hour in length.