OER1044 Workshop ppt

Organising Open Educational Resources (OOER)

Facilitators and affiliations:
Dr Megan Quentin-Baxter, Director, MEDEV
Suzanne Hardy, Senior Advisor (Information), MEDEV
Dr Jane Williams, Director eLearning, Centre for Medical Education, University of Bristol

Contributions from project partners:
Imperial College, Intute: Health and Life Sciences, Keele University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Newcastle University, Queen’s University, Belfast, St Georges University of London, The Royal Veterinary College, University of Aberdeen, University of Bedfordshire, University of Bristol, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Warwick

Conference Theme: Open Educational Communities

Intended audience: Academic and clinical staff interested in releasing teaching materials as OER within medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine teaching

Background & rationale: A Subject Strand project led by MEDEV (1) was awarded to a consortium of 18 UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) (2) as part of a one-year £5M OER pilot programme, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (3) and administered by the Joint Information Systems Committee (4) and the Higher Education Academy (5). Main idea(s) to be explored: Focusing on the discipline context, this non-technical workshop will explore policies, challenges, and solutions to making medical, dental and veterinary teaching materials Open Educational Resources (OER), based on the experience of a consortium of 18 UK HEIs.

Activities participants will engage in:

Participants will explore and evaluate the practical interactive toolkits, in relation to their own situation, contribute advice and expertise to enhance these free tools, and become part of a community interested in releasing teaching materials as OER in an international discipline specific context. Participants will receive these toolkits, plus a pack of teaching resources, contributed by consortium partners which can be freely used in their own teaching. Intended outcomes: The workshop will outline the project methodology, showcase the interactive toolkits developed to enable institutions to ‘go OER’, and facilitate networking of interested parties. Participants will explore policies, challenges, barriers and solutions to releasing teaching materials as Open Educational Resources (OER) on the Internet. These include copyright and IPR, patient consent, institutional policy, quality and pedagogy status, and resource discovery and re-use. They will go away armed with the knowledge and toolkits to enable them to take the OER agenda forward in their own HEI.

Keywords: OER, toolkits, community, medicine, dentistry veterinary medicine, policy, teaching materials, copyright, IPR, consent, quality, pedagogy, resource discovery, reuse, resources, international, discipline, networking, support


  1. http://www.medev.ac.uk
  2. http://www.medev.ac.uk/oer
  3. http://www.hefce.ac.uk
  4. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/oer
  5. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/learning/opencontent