Created 10 x 10 credit
modules on sustainability from
different subject perspectives
5 new modules converted to eBooks
Modules released as Open Educational
Resources (OER) on the institutions OER
Taught modules available under the
Nottingham Advantage Award scheme
The project team included academic staff and learning
technologists. Most were working with OER for the first time.
Reuse and reuse-ability
Existing third party OER was re-used wherever possible!
Over 200 third party open resources were included
across the 5 modules!
‘Well it’s taken a lot of
work to do, but like to
use it, it was just, I
don’t know, it just
Student feedback on OERs
“I can’t ever imagine
buying a textbook digitally
for the benefit of a few
extra quizzes or a video or
two… [but another] found
them really useful but not
interactive enough, so it
depends on the discipline”
Roberta Wiafe, Sussex University
19th March 2013
Student views on eBooks
Where open resources
are ‘born’ digital, are
eBooks seen as
to students and do they
Created five eBooks from the OER materials and released
them as free downloads.
We used CC licenced images to ensure strong presentation of
materials. This shows how OER can drive up quality.
We are now working on ePub versions to ensure availability
across multiple platforms and multiple devices
to .Doc file
ePub creation process
Platform Published Comments
Yes Proprietary format, but high quality results are easily achievable
No Not able to publish for free – will price match with other providers
Smashwords Yes Easy to use and facilitates access to other eBook stores.
CC licencing not possible in metadata but can be added to description
Yes Publishing possible through Smashwords distribution.
Requires credit information if publishing through B&N directly.
Kobo No Publishing possible through Smashwords distribution
Bibliostatic No Response from provider that they cannot add much to the distribution
beyond what we already have with Smashwords
Yes & No No longer used due to difficulty in using site and reliability concerns
• Conversion to ePub format does
widen access… no surprizes there!
• 33% increase in access over a 5 month period
• OER eBook publication is relatively easy…
– even if publishers aren’t facilitating this process yet!
• Online remains preferred access route
• iBooks currently most popular downloaded format
• Authors see eBooks has a higher quality output
• Comparative focus groups with students a potential