"Using OER is like getting a guest speaker to supply an expert view or presentation."

Simon Mahony, Dept of Information Studies



Where to find OER

OER can be found on websites or specialist repositories for research, learning and teaching resources. UCL's OER projects will be published on at least two repositories, and the university's research is being published on UCL Discovery as an integral part of its Open Access policy.

UCL repositories

UCL on iTunes U
Download and watch over 164 interviews, lectures and other UCL content via iPods or computers. Topics range from business to science, with the free lunch hour lectures proving most popular.

UCLTV on YouTubeEdu
UCLTV is UCL's official channel on YouTube EDU, showcasing mini-lectures and student-focused features. The channel contains around 150 videos, which have been viewed over half a million times.

News and information on UCL's input into OER and its externally-funded projects to develop and release open educational resources.

UCL Discovery
Showcase for UCL's research publications, giving access to journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and digital web resources.

UK repositories

OpenLearn provides free access to over 8,000 study hours of learning materials from Open University courses, with links to its BBC broadcasts and interactive content such as expert blogs, videos and games.

This free online repository service constitutes a key part of the JISC programme to collect and share learning and teaching materials for the UK further and higher education community across all subject disciplines.

HumBox is a bank of online humanities resources run by the University of Southampton. It was initially developed by the HumBox project in a collaboration between 12 institutions and four humanities subject centres - LLAS, English, History and Philosophical and Religious Studies. 

Language Box
This is a virtual storage space for modern languages learning materials. Originally funded by JISC and created by the Faroes project team at the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth, it stores resources in 26 languages, from Arabic to Welsh.

The University of Nottingham's Xpert repository contains metadata and resources for almost 120,000 learning objects from over 8,000 providers, published using the open-source e-learning development tool Xerte Online Toolkits.

International repositories

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) open courseware
Launched in 2001, MIT open courseware is a repository for almost all MIT learning content, with lecture notes, exams and videos from more than 2,000 courses published online for free use by all. 

Japan OCW consortium
Over 40 Japanese institutions have provided more than 200 course materials in English, and almost 1,300 course materials in Japanese.

OER projects

OpenCourseWare Consortium
The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organisations from around the world creating a bank of open educational content using a shared model.

JISC/HEA Open Educational Resources programme - phase 2
The Higher Education Academy and JISC ran a second phase of government-funded OER projects between August 2010 and August 2011, to provide a wide range of quality higher education resources. UCL took part in this programme.

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