Open educational resources (OER) are digital and reusable learning/instructional objects produced through teaching and training activities. Below are a number of sources you can browse and use.
Other OERs related to higher education can be found on websites or specialist repositories for research, learning, and teaching resources.
- UCL Collections
- UCL Culture Projects
- UCL Culture collections catalogue – includes Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL Art museum, UCL Pathology collections, Petrie Museum of Egyption and Sudanese Archaeology and the UCL Science Collections.
- UCL Institute of Archaeology
- Materials Library at the UCL Institute of Making
- Self-Access Centre Database from the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) (login may be required).
- UCL Culture Resources
- UCL Ethnographic Collections
- UCL MediaCentral
- UCL Short Courses
- UCL Press
- UCL Play: podcasts, videos and live broadcasts from UCL's students and researchers.
- UCL Reflect: allows students and staff to use blogging for teaching and learning purposes.
- UCL Special Collections
- UCL Wiki
- UCL on other platforms
- Glasgow Caledonian University: edShare@GCU
- HumBox: funded by JISC and the HEA.
- Open University: OpenLearn OWLTEH: catalogue covering applications and platforms that can be relevant for teaching and learning.
- University of Cambridge:
- University of Edinburgh: Open.Ed
- University of Leicester: OER Repository
- University of Nottingham: U-Now Open Courseware
- University of Southampton: Free online courses and MOOC
- Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER)
- College Open Textbooks
- Delft University of Technology OpenCourseWare (OCW)
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
- Europeana Collections
- Google Open Online Education Resource Library
- Kyoto University: Kyoto-U OCW
- Lumen Learning
- MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): OpenCourseWare (OCW)
- National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
- OER Commons Open Textbooks
- Open Culture Free Textbooks
- Open Textbook Library
- Project Gutenburg
- OpenStax (formerly Connexions)
- OER Africa
- University of British Columbia: BCcampus OpenEd
- University of the Phillipines: TVUP
- World Digital Library
- Yale University: Open Yale Courses (OYC)
- Bassett Collection of Stereoscopic Images of Human Anatomy
- British Library on Flickr
- Cell Image Library
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Creative Commons Search
- Dry Icons
- Fancy Crave
- Google Images - select Tools > Usage rights, then filter by licence
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences Image and Video Gallery
- The Public Domain Review
- Visual Hunt
- Wellcome Images
- Wikimedia Commons
- UCL Imagestore (login required)
Find OER and open content that is relevant and suitable for the teaching content you want to tailor and/or create. These can include diagrams which illustrate a certain point, or a presentation that you can adapt for your students.
- Identify and understand licences
Once you have found an OER you want to use, you need to determine what permissions are needed to use that item and follow the terms of that items license.
Often, a resource will have a Creative Commons licence attributed to it; this will indicate whether the OER can be copied, and/or re/used for commercial purposes, and/or modified, and/or require attribution, and/or must be shared with the same licence.
- Third-party content and obtaining permission
Third-party content is content that is licensed or owned by another person or organisation other than yourself. You can use third-party content in your OER as long as you have obtained permission to do so.
Where the licence and re/use information for an OER is not explicitly stated, you must obtain clarification and permission from the creator/owner of the teaching content before you use it.
It is your responsibility to retain permission information; the OER team and UCL Copyright Support Officer can provide support information.
- Including attributions
If you are using an OER and need to attribute the author, the Creative Commons Wiki page details best practice for attribution. We recommend the following attributive text as a minimum citation.
Note: [italicised text within square brackets] defines properties must be selected and bold text indicates where hyperlinked information is required:
Attribution[s]: [Document/image/presentation/etc.] [adapted/copied] from "[document title]" by [Author name] (UCL), which is licensed under the [CC BY-SA 4.0/etc. licence].
You can also use this useful tool from Open Washington to create an attribution. You need to insert details such as the title, who created it, and which open licence is used, and the tool will build the attribution for you.