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This page lists OER projects, with particular emphasis on those in UK Higher Education, of which there are a good few so this can only be a small selection of, one hopes, pre-eminent projects.

OER projects

Description

Host/provider

Dynamic Learning Maps

Dynamic Learning Maps, a pilot project at Newcastle University, are "Web-based navigable maps of formal curricula, which individuals can extend and add personal notes/reflections, make connections between different parts of their map, and share/rate external learning resources." You can register on the site and explore the maps. The project team is currently involved in developing an "OER Bookmarking Tool" under JISC funding, which aims to extend this pilot to an Open Source application for more general use. 

Newcastle University 

Learning Registry

The Learning Registry is a large and growing international collaboration, led by the US Dept of Education, involving some heavy-duty players including the University of Nottingham, aimed at making "learning resources and primary source materials easier to find, access and integrate into educational environments". It's not about creating a repository or directory for users to search, but about federating sources of OER. The project brings together technical developers to provide tools and protocols to this end.

US Dept of Education

OeRBITAL

The slightly contrived acronym stands for "Open educational Resources for Bioscientists Involved in Teaching and Learning". This is a JISC-funded project "to gather and promote collections of resources in various bioscience disciplines using a web 2.0 solution". The site currently has harvested resources in Biosciences subjects such as Biodiversity and Cancer Biology.

UK Centre for Bioscience

Open Courseware Consortium

The Consortium is "a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world". You can search for OER provided by the member organisations. The University of Nottingham is a member of the Consortium.

 

OER University (OERu)

The OERu is a project to address the main lack, for students, in online OER-based education, namely certification. According to the OERu site:

"The OER university is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit. The OER university aims to provide free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognised education institutions."

WikiEducator

ORIOLE

The Open Resources: Influence on Learners and Educators project "has a focus on investigating, understanding and disseminating use and reuse of digital online ressources in learning and teaching". It's a collaborative project led by Chris Pegler (Open University) as part of her National Teaching Fellowship project activity but which hopes to build an OER community .

 

OTTER

The  OTTER (Open, Transferable and Technology-enabled Educational Resources) project "enables the production and release of high-quality open educational resources (OERs) drawn from teaching materials delivered at the University of Leicester". The project site includes a small OER repository and CORRE (PDF) described as a "framework for transforming teaching materials into OERs".

University of Leicester

SCORE

The JISC-funded SCORE project aims "to work with the Higher Education sector to realise the benefits of Open Educational Resources in all aspects of academic life". SCORE provides practical help to OER practioners, and offers funded fellowships to UKHE staff to pursuse OER activities.

Open University

SHARE

SHARE is a JISC-funded project aimed specifically at e-learning repository development at NTU, and incorporation of the repository into the institutional VLE. However, the outputs of the project should be of benefit to OER practitioners across UKHE, and the project runs OER workshops for all-comers.

Nottingham Trent University

Wikiversity

From the Wikiversity home page: "Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities." The site is open to all educators and students.

Wikimedia Foundation

UNESCO OER community

A worldwide 'community of interest' for discussions and collaboration on OER topics.

UNESCO

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