Open educational resources (OER)

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Open educational resources (OERs) are increasingly being made available by Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) institutions. They are resources licensed in a way such that they can be re-used, re-purposed, re-mixed and re-distributed. There are a number of license options for individuals or organisations considering releasing OERs, perhaps the most common being various iterations of the Creative Commons license.

There are a number of considerations to take into account when dealing with OERs. These range from specific technical issues to barriers and enablers to institutional adoption. This JISC Open Educational Resources 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.

The infokit includes information about the three year UK Open Educational Resources Programme (UKOER) (2009 – 2012) and offers links to a wide range of resources which describe the outcomes (lessons learned) and outputs (reports, guidance materials and toolkits) that emerged.

This video gives an overview of the open educational resources infoKit:

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

The content for this post has been sourced from the JISC Open Educational Resources Toolkit under the terms of the Creative Commons license of the site.

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