Teaching & Learning


Share your open teaching resources in new repository

25 September 2018

The Open Education Team can help staff turn existing educational materials into open educational resources.

Staff and student computer

UCL staff are invited to create shared teaching resources - including student generated content - on the new OpenEd@UCL repository for open educational resources (OER).

This is part of the Open Education project which is being piloted by ISD and Library Services.

As the project enters its next phase, the team is keen to work with practitioners to explore how sharing Open Education Resources (OER) can add value to teaching and learning and have wider global reach and impact.

Making open educational resources discoverable

The Open Education team are looking at increasing both the volume of material within the repository, and improve metadata to ensure it is easily searchable.

If you or your department have open teaching materials to publish through the OpenEd@UCL OER repository, the project team can work with you to facilitate this. 

Developing case studies to show the potential of Open Education

The team is also looking to develop case studies relating to Open Education.

Contact the team if you, or someone you know:

  • uses OER for teaching, training, or learning purposes
  • uses open data, research, or open-source software for teaching, training, or learning purposes
  • creates, publishes, or re-works teaching materials into OER
  • approaches teaching and training through other open approaches

Showcasing students’ work

Showcasing student content and feedback is also a great way to:

Support on publishing student-generated OER is provided by the project team.

Embedding Open Education across UCL

To support the shift to open teaching practices at UCL, the following is underway:

  • Open Education is to be recognised at the next UCL Education Awards: Vice Provost for Education, Anthony Smith, has confirmed that there will be a commendation for Open Education at the next award ceremony in 2019. The success criteria is being formalised, and interested parties are encouraged to contact the Open Education team for advice and information on creating open educational resources.
  • Open teaching practices are rewarded through the academic promotional criteria at UCL. View the Academic Careers Framework.

How the Open Education team can support you

The Open Education team can provide full support and guidance on how to:

  • create OER
  • turn existing teaching materials into OER
  • use Open Education for teaching
  • upload content to the repository
  • and can also provide more general information about UCL’s Open Education initiative.  

Upcoming events and support sessions

Open Education support drop-in session

  • When: 10:00 - 12:00, Tuesday 2 October 2018 
  • Where: IAS Common Ground, South Wing, UCL Main Building, WC1E 6BT
  • What: If you want to learn more about Open Education, creating open teaching materials or uploading content to the repository. New staff are particularly encouraged to attend. If you can’t make this allocated session, the Open Education Project Officer can meet you at a preferred time/location – just email for more information.
  • How to book: No need to book, just drop in!

Open Education at UCL: an introduction (UCL Arena Centre)

  • When: 13:00 - 14:00, Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Where: Arena Training Room, 1–19 Torrington Place, WC1E 7HB
  • What: Join the team for a discussion about open education, which will include colleagues and teaching staff from across UCL. You’ll get an overview and introduction to the topic, as well as a case study looking at how Open Education is currently being used at UCL for teaching and learning.
  • How to book: Book through the Arena events calendar

Special interest group (SIG) meeting: International Open Access Week

  • When: 11:30 - 12:30, Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • Where: Room 712, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7NF
  • What: This SIG meeting will be held during International Open Access Week, and the focus will be on open education as a facet of open access, with particular attention placed on this year's theme of 'designing equitable foundations for open knowledge'.
  • How to book: No need to book, just turn up.

UCL #LearnHack Open Education

  • When: Half-day Monday 5 November and full-day Tuesday 6 November 2018
  • Where: IAS Common Ground, South Wing, UCL Main Building, WC1E 6BT
  • What: The next UCL #LearnHack will give you the opportunity to work in teams to find solutions to creative and technical challenges related to Open Education.
  • How to book: Registration will be available soon. Make sure you're subscribed to the UCL education bulletin to hear about it.

For more Open Education events, see the Full OER events programme.

For other events related to professional development in education, view the Arena events calendar.