Open Educational Resources (OER)

The Higher Education Academy and JISC worked in partnership to support the HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resources (UKOER) programme from 2009 - 2012/13.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital materials that can be used, re-used and repurposed for teaching, learning, research and more, made freely available online through open licences such as Creative Commons. OER include a varied range of digital assets from course materials, content modules, collections, and journals to digital images, music and video clips.

The OER pilot programme ran between April 2009 and April 2010 with the aim of making a wide range of existing high quality higher education resources freely available, easily discovered online and routinely re-used and repurposed by both educators and learners worldwide.

Phase 2 of the OER programme ran between August 2010 and August 2011 with projects and activities focusing on extending the range of materials openly available, documenting benefits offered by OER to those involved in the learning process, and enhancing the discoverability and use of OER materials.

The third phase (2011- 2012/13) supported projects that addressed key strategic and thematic priorities while building on the lessons learnt within the first two OER phases, these included projects to develop PG Cert programmes for new staff so that it becomes culturally acceptable for them to develop, use and repurpose OER in their evolving teaching practice; projects involving the release of high quality resources to support HEA accredited programmes or schemes of professional development that meet the UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF); a Change Academy model focussing on whole institutional change, with outputs stated as reviewed change strategies addressing the development and use of OER by teaching staff and students; and projects involving the collection and release of OER.

In addition to funded projects, Phase 3 also included:

a) A survey and focus group series with the NUS to assess the current level of OER awareness and use among students.
b) Further technical work supporting the creation and reuse of OER, to include a Rapid Innovation call and a Hack Challenge.
d) Work to promote UK OER overseas.
e) Work with Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and subject associations to reach those not currently engaged with OER at a discipline level.
f) Research investigating institutional reluctance to open practice and further work to promote debut ventures into OER creation.

If you have any queries concerning the UKOER programme please contact onlinelearning@heacademy.ac.uk.