#FOS201 OER and OEP

Today’s topic on the FOS201 Course was OERs

my academic knowledge around OERs is rudimentary at best, an image that came to mind during the FOS201 reflection was that I use OER like the fancy coffee machine in our seminar room. I use it when we are permitted to, let my colleagues know when they can use it (and show new colleagues how it works), but I have never figured out where the kitty is to throw in a fiver now and then so that everyone would be able to use the machine any time–one of the things by the way that bothered me the most about this machine was that it is a privilege to use it.

However, when I kept thinking about this longer, that’s not quite right. I have created some resources. I created some videos like this one, and made them publicly available. Ten years later this is in dire need for update (which I will do as part of my research course revamp), but it still gets comments and is used regularly:

Writing a Methodology Chapter

A colleague and I had obtained funding and we developed this OER to support PGT and PGR students in Social Sciences through their dissertation process. This resource, too is under an open sharing agreement (link below):


Today’s course has linked some literature, which I still have to spend time reading properly but I did what I always do when I am in phase one with a topic, start looking at the resources and then research for more. So whilst on the hunt for more resources, I came across the distinction between OERs and Open Educational Practice, which made me realise this blog is to a large degree an Open Educational Practice blog.

So here is a little overview of some of the …

Open Practice Resources on this blog:

How to get students to engage in feedback: https://creativehighered.blog/2013/10/30/feedback-rules/

Using PowerPoint for Gamification

Sources supporting engagement in SoTL
An infographic
12 Days of SoTL Advent Calendar

To sharing strategies around working in academia

Phew! I am not working in antithesis to OER or Open Educational Practice, I just have never actually reflected about that bit of sharing–the name giving, label giving bit–and all that this entails. Now this is going to be the next step in my OER journey.

Resources from FOS201

The link of the FOS201 OER Block: https://foslearning.wordpress.com/programme/5-open-education/ this also contains a list of reference to get started with.

A wonderful colleagues from the University of Edinburgh shared their OER resources, I particularly liked the tips for what to consider when creating OERs. https://open.ed.ac.uk/how-to-guides/things-to-consider-when-creating-an-oer/

While poking about the net for further resources I stumbled upon this one: https://ukoer.co.uk/beginners-guide/ which is the JISC resource containing reports, legal advice and much more

This is a link to CC licenses and what these entail: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ Thank you Chrissi Nerantzi for this!

So there are some starting points, if anyone has suggestions for further resources… a shiny infographic explaining things simply that would be very much appreciated.


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