Open Education Resources

  • Finding high-quality open educational resources used to be a challenge, but a number of curated OER collections have made the task much easier for educators.

  • In 2015, the Polish government launched an online repository of open, Creative Commons Attribution-licensed e-textbooks, covering the core curriculum for primary and lower secondary education. After five years, open education activists finally saw their advocacy work bear fruit. In parallel, the government changed the textbook funding model, which translated into massive cost savings for parents and students.

  • Open course from Open Educational Practices in Scotland aimed at anyone who is curious about how free and open might change our approach to teaching and learning and has been designed for administrators, educators and facilitators in all sectors.

    Except for third party materials and where otherwise stated, when individual resources included in this course have other licences, this course content is made available under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

    Course is available here.

  • Bookings are now open for the second Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Advisory forum on Thursday 19th March 2015 at the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA.

    Highlights of this free one day face to face event include a keynote by Laura Czerniewicz, an update on OEPS project progress and a series of interactive workshops during the afternoon. The forum will enable you to explore the latest developments in open educational practice and pedagogy, discover how the OEPS project can help your organisation and how you can get involved. It will also help you build your network of open educational practitioners.

    Professor Laura Czerniwicz is the founder and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town and has worked in the field of educational technology at UCT for over a decade. She will be joining us via Video Conference.

    Please book your place on Eventbrite.

    Programme
    9:30 am     Registration, networking with coffee/tea
    10:00 am     Welcome and update from the OEPS project team
    11:00 am     Keynote address and questions: An international perspective on opening educational practices by Professor Laura Czerniewicz
    12:15 pm     Lunch
    1:00 – 2:00 pm     Parallel workshops 1:
        1a. Exploring Openness
        1b. Open, collaborative and sharing practices in Scottish Further Education Colleges
        1c. The Scottish Open Education Declaration
        1d. Open Education – does it work in practice?
    2:00 -2:15 pm     Coffee/Tea/changeover between workshops
    2:15 – 3:15 pm     Parallel workshops 2
        2a. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
        b, c and d repeated
    3:15 pm – 3:30 pm     Interactive plenary session

    Further details about the sessions from OEPS website.

  • 14th & 15th April 2015

    This year’s Open Education Conference (OER15) will take place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

    OER15 is one of a series of annual International conferences which discuss research and practice in the adoption of Open Education in all sectors of Education and Training.

    Registration is still open so don’t forget to book your place.

    Provisional Programme Timetable

    The main conference focus will be ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’ along with six sub themes:

    • Impact Research
    • Open Education across Languages and Cultures
    • Learners and Other Communities
    • Open Educational Practice (OEP) and Policy
    • Open Courses
    • Open Education in Colleges and Schools