In March 2012 the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and JISC opened a call to Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) and Subject and Scholarly Associations within its Open Educational Resources (OER) Phase Three Programme. With a total budget of £150,000, PSRBs and Scholarly Associations were invited to submit proposals for funded projects which focused on the promotion of open practice within PSRBs and Subject Associations with a learning and teaching role, aimed to facilitate a sustainable change in policy to embed open practice at a discipline level, used existing discipline-specific UK OER as materials to support education and professional development; and, supported the work necessary in identifying the most suitable resources and for promotion to existing members and networks.
Five projects were funded and delivered over a six month period from May to November 2012 with a requirement to utilise existing (rather than developing new) OERs. The projects were expected to collect and promote discipline-specific resources within their own teaching and learning policies as well as to the wider Higher Education sector. They were also required to reflect the development of sustainable open teaching practice approaches using OER; and a positive change of culture towards open practice and use of OER within the disciplines supported.
This synthesis report contains the final reports of all five projects.