Open educational resources (OERs) include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other digital resources or tools which may be used (or re-used) to support teaching, learning and research. OERs are generally covered by a “Creative Commons” licence which allows for free use by educators.
For more information about Creative Commons see the website.
Sources of OERs:
Includes many open educational resources (previously available via JORUM) shared by the UK Further and Higher Education community. In addition, you can share your learning and teaching resources by uploading them into their databases.
OER Commons is a database of approximately 40,000 OERs (26,000+ suitable for post-secondary studies) from universities and government projects, primarily based in the US.
The Learning Space/Open Learn is the Open University’s contribution to OERs. From this site, you can complete mini-courses or download videos, syllabi, and other resources for re-use in the VLE.
A Research England funded project which is based at the Open University, SCORE aims to provide information and resources about OERs both within the UK and internationally.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
In addition to OERs, a number of universities worldwide are starting to offer “MOOCs”—free courses which anyone in the world can attend online for free. These may be used to support students in getting background knowledge in particular content or may be used as part of a personal development planning course.
Some current MOOC providers include: