Producing open educational resources

open educational resourcestraining


Dr Vivien Rolfe


OER Community

OER Features:

SCOOTEROER5a_JISC_Copyright_Permissions_Form_10Oct15_V2 (Editable Word doc)
SCOOTEROER5b_JISC_Copyright_Permissions_Form_10Oct15_V2 (PDF)

SCOOTEROER6a_JISC_Permissions_Request_Form_10Oct15_V2 (Editable Word doc)
SCOOTEROER6b_JISC_Permissions_Request_Form_10Oct15_V2 (PDF)

SCOOTEROER7a_Quick_OER_Specification_Form_10Oct15_V2 (Editable Word doc)
SCOOTEROER7b_Quick_OER_Specification_Form_10Oct15_V2 (PDF)

SCOOTEROER8a_Full_OER_Specification_Form_10Oct15_V2 (Editable Word doc)
SCOOTEROER8b_Full_OER_Specification_Form_10Oct15_V2 (PDF)


OER Description:

These are a series of OERs on how to produce good quality learning resources for release as open content. Originally shared in January 2011, these have been updated October 2015. They work alongside our OER production pipeline to provide hopefully everything that you need to consider to build, share and evaluate your OERs from start to finish.

You may wish to produce OER from a variety of materials that comprises existing content (e.g. PowerPoint slides), or that you wish to produce learning materials from scratch. It is important to consider both the intellectual property and technical aspects of working with new and existing content, and most specifically, how to work with material that may belong to external parties and third parties, or that contains sensitive information or medical materials.

The resources include a number of Jisc forms that you will need to complete to gain copyright approval if materials belong elsewhere, or you are gaining permission for something new. Also forms for gaining permissions to record multimedia content (e.g. video, photographs, audio) will be required. These sets of forms are available in WORD so that you can edit them with your own institutional and personal details.

Other items that have been reused and adapted are downloadable from this website now, and include resources from the RLO CETL and the Open University SCORE Project. This is to ensure the content is widely available in addition to the host websites. The RLO CETL or ‘Reusable Learning Object Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching’ was a five year project and the website still hosts an impressive number of materials, tool kits and guides for developing multimedia learning objects. I have found over the years, all of the good advice here is directly applicable to the development and sharing of OER.

The Open University ‘SCORE’ project provided community activities and support to further enhance OER development.

Further Reading:

JISC and HEA OER InfoKit (2012). Available at:

This website provides everything you need to know about OER including managerial, legal and technical aspects of using other people’s OERs and releasing your own onto the internet.
GoOpen (2015). Available at:
New project accumulating and updating historic OER materials and refreshing them for the community today.

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