Open education

Web technologies make it easier than ever for institutions to open up their teaching, and research to the public. From putting lecture handouts up on the web, to publishing videos or podcasts, to running a public online course (or MOOC), there are many ways of sharing education with a wider audience. There are also a wealth of open educational resources (OERs) already available to be reused and build upon.

Case studies

Related tools and topics

Further reading

Note: some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader


Practical help

Contact us for help and advice on publishing or using OERs. If you are interested in or are planning to be involved with a public online course (MOOC), you should contact David Smith.

Planning: publishing OERs

To start planning, think about:

  • Why do you want to put the resource online?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Do you hope it will be used in a particular way?
  • What will the content be?
  • Do you have the right to make it public?

The University is developing guidelines for releasing OERs which will help you plan. Please contact us for more information.

Planning: using OERs

You'll need to think about:

  • What OERs you are planning to use, and why?
  • How do you intend to use them? Has the author has granted you the permissions you need?
  • Are you confident about the quality?

Contact us for further help and advice.