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Open Education digital repository under development at UCL

22 May 2018

Share your education materials and help to test the new resource

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An Open Education repository that will allow us to share and showcase our educational outputs and teaching materials is currently being piloted as a joint project between ISD and UCL Library Services. 

The team is now inviting colleagues across UCL to submit educational material to be shared on the digital platform, OpenEd@UCL. They are also keen to gather feedback and are running an open testing session on June 6 (details below).  

The creation of the repository is an aim of the UCL Education Strategy 2016-21, supporting key agendas such as the Connected Curriculum and Open Science by enabling colleagues to disseminate educational practice at UCL, so raising the profile of their teaching inside UCL and externally.

What is open education?

Open education, like open access and open data, centres on a commitment to provide access to high quality education and educational resources to a global audience.

As the Open Education Consortium declares, "sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built".

Open Education typically involves the creation and sharing of openly-licensed learning materials – open educational resources (OER) – that can be re-used and enhanced by the community. OER can include lesson and course plans, exercises, diagrams, animations, video or audio lecture recordings, presentations, handouts, mock papers/tests, reading lists, and so on.  

How will this benefit my students and me?

While the initial creation of educational materials can require some consideration, sharing these will allow the creators to promote good practise, collaborate with other educators and learners, and respond to UCL promotional criteria that require publication of teaching materials.

There is some evidence that re-using high-quality OER is a time- and cost-saving activity, as you can edit existing teaching materials to make content specific to your programme or class. OER use can also provide the chance to learn in different ways, i.e. a flipped classroom, and insight into the teaching approaches of fellow practitioners in your field might lead to collaboration or inspire your own teaching and research.

Why should I share my teaching material?

When you publish your original or re-mixed teaching resources, your work will have wider global reach and impact.

Attributing the UCL brand to your output should provide quality assurance for other users.

Your published OER can be cited and referenced by others and can be included in your publications (tying into the Academic Promotions Framework, which rewards open behaviours, for example), adding value to your teaching and research and raising your professional reputation.

Call for participants and feedback

If you have any content you would like to upload to the repository, please contact the OER team who will be happy to support you.

Help us test the new repository – to see how it works and have a go at uploading content – and give us your feedback. Testing will take place:

  • Wednesday 6 June, 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the Chadwick Building (room 2.23). We’ll be providing some light lunch and refreshments.

To find out more more about open education or to contribute to this practice at UCL, ask to join the OER mailing list by emailing oer@ucl.ac.uk, or attend the next meeting of the OER special interest group. This will be held on Thursday 31 May, 9:30-10:30 am in room 417, DMS Watson (Science Library).

More information about the project is available on the OER website.

Please contact the team at oer@ucl.ac.uk if you require further information.