http://hackeducation.com/2016/02/17/amazon-oer “Amazon is a big commercial entity and we have to make this sustainable over time,” - Andrew Joseph talking about Amazon Inspire
These quality indicators are not pushing technical boundaries, or supposed to be an exhaustive list of useful features ROER could incorporate. They were features which had been widely implemented already and widely discussed in the literature.
#OER16 Sustainability Panel Session
Web Today, Gone Tomorrow:
How can we ensure continuing
access to OERs?
Lorna M. Campbell, Simon Thomson, Leo Havemann,
Pat Lockley, David Kernohan, Vivien Rolfe
Monday 18th April 2016 – Edinburgh UK Open
Educational Resources #OER16 Conference
What does the data say?
“The sun also sets”
● WP OER curation
● Search engine optimisation
● VAL (2009), SCOOTER (2010)
and Biology Courses (2011)
+ low cost external hosting
+ multiple file types
- maintenance of standards?
- low annual cost
Sustainable digital approaches
The reality of sustaining access to OER.
● Single point of access
Established since 1999
Communities of Practice
Not for Profit
Free to access.
Commercially supported OER for sustainability.Membership supported OER for sustainability.
Have repositories worked?
an OER repository
educators to Search,
Share, Reuse, and
We identified ten
that show a
these four practice
• Two HEIs have OER policies:
-GCU investing in EdShare repository
-University of Edinburgh launches
open.ed.ac.uk portal, no single repository
• Closure of Jorum and Re:Source FE
-Open education no longer on Jisc’s radar
-ALT Scotland active in open space
-Open Scotland cross sector initiative
-Scottish Open Education Declaration
-OEPS cross sector SFC funded initiative.
Atenas, J., & Havemann, L. (2013). Quality Assurance in the Open: An Evaluation of OER Repositories. INNOQUAL -
International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning, 1(2).
Downes, S. (2007). Models for sustainable open educational resources. Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and
Learning Objects, 3, 29–44.
Panel presentation at #oer16 conference
References / Acknowledgements