Centre for Learning and Teaching

OERs

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.

Resources

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