Open educational resources (OERs) comprise teaching and learning resources residing in the public domain that have been released under an intellectual property licence that permits their free use or re-purposing by others.
There are a variety of reasons to produce and share educational resources openly. As well as the text, audio, video and other multimedia online learning materials, such resources can include module handbooks, lecture notes and slides, assessment rubrics, essay questions and session plans.
It provides our students with easy access to materials to support literature searches, to review or revise particular topics where they need more information, and to develop as learners and as global citizens.
Open materials can also contribute to the advancement of pedagogy across the academic community with access to the approaches and course materials of internationally renowned institutions available for use in locally created courses.
Making such resources available can have a huge impact on the quality of educational materials in places such as Africa: “Access, at low or no cost…to educational resources, allows educators to develop their skills and competences necessary to integrate these new resources into high quality learning programmes.” Catherine Ngugi (Director, OER Africa)
The Open Nottingham initiative
a collection of the University's Open Educational Resources which can be viewed on the site or downloaded to your wn computer.
A one day OER workshop available for Nottingham staff and students who want to learn more about OER and how it can support both teaching and learning. Book on the short courses web site or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tools and services including Xerte Online Toolkits and Xpert
National and international seminars and conferences
Research and resources around open data
Open source software use and development, e.g., using Moodle and making Rogo and Xerte available as open source
Open Nottingham links
Case study: BERLiN
Recorded at the UoN e-Learning Community 3rd February 2010. Steve Stapleton (Open Learning Officer) provides an update on the BERLiN project, which aims to further the vision of sustainable OERs by making a significant amount of existing learning resources freely available online.
As part of an institution-wide strategy for engaging with new technologies in innovative and effective ways, there are a number of features of the teaching and learning landscape at Nottingham that lend themselves to helping deliver this vision for OERs. In addition, Nottingham's international campuses in China and Malaysia are key strategic drivers for sharing learning resources, fostering use and reuse as well as encouraging mobility. For more info see http://unow.nottingham.ac.uk and watch this presentation.
Case study: Handout
Re-purpose and re-use of a Statistics handout, saving time and resource. [January 2011]