Open educational resources and blended learning


This keynote speech was given at the 2013 Westminster Business School Learning and Teaching Day explored the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) online to support face to face delivery. It outlined opportunities to add value and also help scaffold learning for students with differing needs. As well as discussing the nature of Open Educational Resources some suggestions for sourcing Open Educational Resources was also be provided.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital materials that can be used, re-used and re-purposed 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 keynote was given by Beverly Leeds, Principle Lecturer at Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire.  Beverly was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship in 2012.

A comprehensive guide to open educational resources has been compiled by JISC, who have created the Open Educational Resources infoKit.

The infoKit includes general guidance, where to find open educational resources, considerations for using them in learning and teaching and legal and intellectual property aspects.  Particularly useful is this guide to search engines that have been created to search open educational resources.


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