Resources for Developers and Users
OER development guidance for Plymouth University Staff
Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) – Claire Gray, Julie Swain and Pete Watton – provides an introduction to the use and development of Open Educational Resources (OER) for Plymouth University teaching staff.
Slides 2 – 8 Introduction to OER
Slides 8 – 15 Finding and using OER
Slides 16 – 25 Development of OER and IPR considerations
Slides 26 – 30 Usability, evaluation and release of OER
Slides 31 – 33 staff reflections on OER
Frequently Asked Questions – these were originally intended for OER developers with the Learning from WOeRK project but contain useful information applicable to OER development in general.
When developing OER it is recommended that you include information about your OER on the back page of the resource. Back page templates for some common file formats are available here:
You may wish to remove the WOeRK project branding from these templates.
slide 24 of the Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) has details of where Plymouth University staff can find institutional advice and support on Intellectual Property and OER development.
Below are support resources for OER developers with the Learning from WOeRK project. This project has now ended but these resources may still be useful for more general OER development.
Original support resources for OER developers with the Learning from WOeRK project
Intended for members of the Learning from WOeRK project team
Intended for OER developers with the Learning from WOeRK project
Exemplars that developers may wish to refer to
This checklist should be used with materials that are being forwarded to the project Learning Technologists.
This infoKit aims to both inform and explain OERs and the issues surrounding them for managers, academics and those in learning support. It is aimed at senior managers, learning technologists, technical staff and educators with an interest in releasing OERs to the educational community.
This Starter Pack has primarily been created for JISC/HEA Phase 2 OER Projects as well as anyone else creating OER to help them deal with the IPR and licensing issues associated with OER
This briefing paper, produced by the UK Physical Sciences Centre, provides guidance on how to turn a resource into an Open Educational Resource (OER).
Resources for OER users
Open Educational Resources a Short Guide
OER: resource review sheet
Sheet to help review OERs with key prompts
Repositories holding OERs
Jorum provides access to free learning and teaching resources, created and contributed by staff from UK further and higher education institutions. Jorum offers two collections for search and deposit:
- JorumOpen provides access to learning and teaching resources made available for sharing under Creative Commons (CC) licences, free to anyone, worldwide
- JorumUK provides access to resources from those creators/owners who prefer to share their work only within UK further and higher education institutions.
UPlaCe is the University of Plymouth’s repository, including outputs from the University’s Centres for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning (CETLs). It has with increasing numbers of OERs for teaching and learning.
Humbox is the main UK based repository set up for the storing, managing and publishing of Humanities resources on the web.
Leeds Met’s OER repository brings together a wide range of materials from single lectures to whole modules.
OpenDOAR: (direct link to UK repositories)
OpenDOAR is a directory of existing OER repositories across the world, the above link will take you to the full listing of UK based repositories, while this link will take you to the page showing global OER repositories.
Managed by the Open University it is one of the largest OER repositories in the UK, funded initially by the Hewlett Foundation. Many of the learning materials are suitable for open and distance learning.
SHERPA is developing OER repositories in universities as well as other projects in associated areas. They have used Google custom search to allow you to scan the UK repositories listed in OpenDOAR for any material that you wish to locate.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.