Centre for Learning and Teaching


Open Educational Resources (OERs) refers to educational content, usually digital in format, that is offered freely for educators and students to use and re-use in their teaching and learning.

An OER can be as simple as an image or course handout, or it can encompass a unit of work or even a whole course of study.

Content is usually made available under a Creative Commons license which allows the copyright holder to reserve some rights, for example to be properly attributed or for the resources to be used in a non-commercial setting.

Benefits of OERs

There are many advantages to releasing teaching and learning materials as OER:

  • prospective students can sample course content before choosing their programme
  • academics and researchers can enhance their reputation by making their work freely and globally available
  • allowing resources to be repurposed can encourage innovation and creativity and lead to the creation of high quality learning materials.

Finding OERs

There are a number of OER repositories where you can explore openly available learning materials. These include: Jorum, OpenLearn, OER Commons and MERLOT.

We can advise you on sourcing and adapting OERs and releasing teaching and learning materials as OERs, including issues around workflow and licensing.


JISC OER Infokit
A wide range of information on how to create and use OERs

Case Study: Open approaches at Oxford University
The experience of making materials freely available on iTunes

OSTRICH project
OER project at the University of Bath