What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) have been defined as “teaching resources that are created, usable and reusable freely with as few barriers for the end-user as possible (…). OERs can include e-textbooks, documents, digital images, videos, collections of files, software tools, coherent ‘learning objects’ and whole courses, provided that they are freely available for use, and, importantly, reuse.” (Mossley, 2013, HEA).
Usually OER are in digital format, with a Creative Commons (CC) licence applied, which specifies how you are allowed to use the resources.
At Glyndŵr there is a draft ‘Policy on the Production and Dissemination of Open Educational Resources‘ which is waiting to be approved. However, it states that ‘The University encourages staff and students to create and disseminate OERs‘. This policy is in line with the Declaration of Intent signed by all of the VCs from Welsh Higher Education Institutions in 2013, to embed open education at the heart of their strategies.
- Mossley, D. (2013) Open Educational Resources and Open Education, The Higher Education Academy
- Educause (2010) 7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources
- Leeds Metropolitan University, A staff guide to Open Educational Resources
- JISC/HEA Open Educational resources Infokit
- Wiki Educator OER Benefits and Myths