Open Educational Resources - The Basics


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An overview of OERs for Senior Managers as part of the Open Educational Resources infoKit (

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Open Educational Resources - The Basics

  1. 1. Open Educational Resources THE BASICS
  2. 2. Open Educational Resources Open Educational Resources (OERs) are learning and teaching materials shared freely online.
  3. 3. Open Educational Resources OERs can take many forms, such as: • Full courses • Course modules • Lectures
  4. 4. Open Educational Resources OERs can take many forms, such as: • Games • Teaching materials • Assignments
  5. 5. Open Educational Resources The resources are open not only because they’re available on the internet but because they are available for others to use, distribute or adapt as required free of charge.
  6. 6. Open Educational Resources Creative Commons or similar licenses enable creators of these resources to retain copyright whilst granting permission for others to use them.
  7. 7. Open Educational Resources People can access OERs via: • Institutional repositories and websites • Public services like iTunesU, SlideShare, YouTube or Jorum
  8. 8. Open Educational Resources There are many inspirational examples of institutions embracing OERs. Here are just a few: • The Periodic Table of Videos • Open Learn • Politics in Spires • Virtual Analytical Laboratory
  9. 9. Open Educational Resources Opening up learning and teaching materials does not equate to providing a ‘free education’. OERs are components of a rich educational package, including: • Staff expertise • Institutional facilities • Tuition • Feedback
  10. 10. Open Educational Resources OERs can be adopted in different ways.You can: • Release them through publishing and distribution • Use them for your own learning • Re-use them to teach others • Re-purpose them to create new teaching resources
  11. 11. Open Educational Resources OER are particularly useful for: • Building your institutions reputation • Marketing courses • Improving student satisfaction and retention
  12. 12. Open Educational Resources OERs can also help you to: • Enhance quality • Keep track of the resources you have and identify any you need • Manage risk in relation to intellectual property
  13. 13. Open Educational Resources OERs can also help you to: • Build collaborative networks within and beyond your institution • Allow people beyond your institution to benefit from your knowledge and expertise
  14. 14. Open Educational Resources Before you begin, you’ll need to decide: • What you hope to achieve through the use of OERs • Who will create them (and how) • Where they will be stored • How people will access them This quick start guide helps you through the process
  15. 15. Open Educational Resources Tips for success: • Make use of the wealth of knowledge and support already available in this area • Don’t mandate from the top; let individuals and faculties take the lead
  16. 16. Open Educational Resources Tips for success: • Seek out and support the enthusiasts in your institution • Find ways to reward people for being ‘open’ • Integrate OERs into established practice
  17. 17. Open Educational Resources More do’s and don’ts available at: