Where to find OERs
There are a number of different repositories and websites where you can find open education resources.
- Open Repositories:
- Open repositories allow anyone to upload and download learning resources in more than one format for reuse and remixing. The repositories provide a wide variety of types and levels of resources and provide guidance on the level of CC licences the resources are provided under.
- Specialised Content Sites:
- Additionally there are websites which offer only one format of content but specialise in that field. Some of these you may be familiar with include Flickr, Soundcloud, and YouTube. You can search within these sites to find resources under CC licences.
- Search via Creative Commons:
- Creative Commons have also created a service that allows you to set the terms of your search, how you wish to use the item, and the search engine you would like to use. If there’s any doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.
Where can I find OERs from The University of Edinburgh
Staff and students at the University are encouraged to create, licence, and share their own resources anywhere on the web that is suitable for whatever type of resource they create. A variety of these are showcased and linked to on our Edinburgh’s OER pages.
Accounts have also been created on a number of platforms to share resources that have been under the Open.Ed banner:
Media Hopper: Media Hopper is the University’s Media Asset platform. It provides all staff and students with a space that they can use to upload media and then publish to various places, including VLEs, Websites and social media channels.
TES Connect: TES Connect is an online platform where educators can discover and share original teaching materials. Its focus is on sharing materials for primary and secondary school, and up to early undergraduate, education levels.
Sketchfab: Sketchfab is the leading platform to publish and find 3D and VR content online.You can upload files in almost any 3D format, licence, and then embed them on any web page, and share them on other platforms like Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
Wikimedia Commons: Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone. It acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, but you do not need to belong to one of those projects to use media hosted here.
Flickr: Flickr is an online photo management and sharing platform with wide international use. Flickr provides the option of applying Creative Commons licences to any photographs uploaded to the platform.
YouTube: YouTube is the worlds largest online video sharing platform. YouTube offers two types of licences for videos uploaded to the platform, including the Creative Commons Attribution licence.