Welcome to OpenEd@UCL!

Sharing and showcasing our educational outputs

OpenEd@UCL is the institutional repository for uploading, publishing, storing, and sharing OER, and you can browse it here.

The Open Education repository is currently being piloted as a joint project between ISD and UCL Library Services. It supports key agendas such as the Connected Curriculum and Open Science by enabling colleagues to disseminate educational practice which will raise the profile of their teaching inside UCL and externally.

What is OER?

Open educational resources (OER) are digital and reusable learning/instructional objects produced through teaching and training activities. This can include recorded lectures and seminars, handouts, essays, diagrams, animations, videos, presentation slides, reading lists, and so on. They do not have to be a full course, but can be individual items created by staff to aid teaching and learning. Anything that can be reused for teaching and training is an OER.


OER examples. See bottom of Resources page for full list of image credits and attributions.

Why use OER?

Using and creating OER has many benefits for your teaching. Here are just some examples of how your professional growth can be impacted:

  • Showcases teaching and research to widest possible audience
  • Publication of OER demonstrates teaching/research output, and can be referenced by others to widen professional reputation
  • Ability to communicate ideas with greater reach and enhances knowledge exchange
  • A means of supporting collaboration with other practitioners in the field, both institutionally and externally
  • Cost- and time-effective
  • Quality assurance through the UCL brand and institutional reputation
  • Allows for peer review
  • Attracts quality staff and students
  • Allows engagement with content and learning in different ways, i.e. flipped classroom
  • Can add value to teaching and research
  • Maximises the use and increases availability of educational materials
  • Raises standard of educational resources by gathering more contributors
  • Shares best practice internationally
  • Supports curriculum development
  • Enables prospective students to explore the curriculum when choosing a course
  • Allows for UCL teaching to impact global knowledge sharing and learning
  • Enhances a university’s reputation as well as that of the teacher or researcher
  • Social responsibility – providing education for all and supports the dissemination of knowledge

How to re/use OER

Using or reusing (modifying, adapting, or changing) OER when creating your teaching materials is a worthwhile activity and can help you save time over the long-term.

Locate OER
Identify and understand licences
Creative Commons licences
Third-party content and obtaining permission
Including attributions

How to create OER

While turning a pre-existing resource into an OER is very worthwhile, it's vital that you follow these steps if you are creating OER from scratch:

Support services
Content preparation
Rights clearance process
Open licensing
Sharing OER

Where to find OER

UCL's OER is published on OpenEd@UCL and the university's research is being published on UCL Discovery as an integral part of its open access policy.

Other OER related to higher education can be found on websites or specialist repositories for research, learning, and teaching resources.