Open Educational Resources


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‘What are OERs, what is OEP, and why should I care?’

Today’s session is useful for all University staff. We’ll show you how to find teaching materials and things that might help you on a course or when facilitating training sessions. There’s some fascinating resources out there and it’s useful for us all to keep up with movements and trends in the sector.

“Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” (Atkins et al., 2007, p. 4)

Atkins, D.E., Brown, J.S. & Hammond, A.L. (2007). A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement:

OEP is Open Education Practice and relates to the use and creation of open resources – an ethos of embedding the idea of open practice.

Creative Commons

Creatives Commons sits at the centre of the OER and OEP movement. For Universities and companies to make resources available, and easily identifiable as OER, they should have a creative commons licences attached to their work, which tells us how we may use their resources. We will talk more about that tomorrow.  For more information, visit the Creative Commons website. There’s a number of Open Platforms on their front page.


OERs appear across the web; YouTube, iTunes U, Vimeo being a few of the better known platforms. They also appear within University webpages, and are gathered together in OER directories and search engines. It’s almost impossible to talk about OER without creating your own list of resources/sites/search engines.

Today we’d like you to find something useful and/or interesting on one of the sites below (take your pick) and post a link to it in the comments section.


Post a link to any other collections/search engines of OERs you know of.

OER websites

Creative Commons search tools is a fantastic way of searching for OERs that have been tagged under the Creative Commons use.

OER Commons for something related to your subject

Open University on iTunes

Shakespeare: the downloads of images are incredible.

Great writers inspire: with some incredible materials curated from sources all over the world.

Science and Engineering – some wonderful free diagrams and GIFs here.

Open Education Consortium – general (although I found some useful Business and Law resources there)

Yale Open Courses

Wiki Commons is ‘a database of 31,495,482 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute

Google Scholar  – You’ve learned about Google Scholar before if you completed the first week of 5 Days of Digital Literacy. It’s an online, freely accessible search engine that lets users look for both physical and digital copies of articles. It searches a wide variety of sources, including academic publishers, universities, and preprint depositories looking for peer-reviewed articles.

148 thoughts on “Open Educational Resources

    • Hannah December 7, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      That should say Hannah Hunt rather than “Hannah”!


  1. Apurba Kundu December 7, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    I want to know more about the NSS, and so entered ‘National Student Survey’ into google scholar. One of the articles I found is ‘National Student Survey: are differences between universities and courses reliable and meaningful?’ at

    The abstract states:

    The National Student Survey (NSS) of course experience satisfaction is sent to final year students of all higher education institutions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (N = 171,290 and 157,342 students in 2005 and 2006) and results are made publicly available. The present investigation assesses the reliability and appropriate use of the NSS from a multilevel perspective. Although NSS responses provide a limited basis for discriminating amongst universities and courses within universities, the ratings of universities are highly reliable and stable over time due to the large number of students (2005 and 2006 rankings correlated r = .86). The unresolved question is whether very small (only 2–3% of the variance explained) but reliable and stable differences between universities provide useful information for benchmarking universities, self‐improvement, and informing student choice.


  2. Maggie December 12, 2016 / 11:23 am

    According to the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA): “Management accounting is a profession that involves partnering in management decision making, devising planning and performance management systems,and providing expertise in financial reporting and control to assist management in the formulation and …

    Management accounting – Wikipedia


  3. Martin Hewitt December 12, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Just happened to come across this in my Twitter feed; really excellent stuff for History, and perhaps a model of developing sharing platforms?


  4. sharonwaller2015 December 20, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I found some useful guidelines in the Open Education Consortium on engaging students in their learning which draws on literature that was available at the time – so quite old now but still relevant. I liked the title: ‘Guidelines on Learning that inform Teaching’, rather than the other way round which is what we normally see. There are a 3 chapters on creating, designing and teaching an inclusive curriculum, which is what I was searching for – all still useful.


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