Where to share your open educational resources
The University of Edinburgh does not have a single centralised OER repository, instead our OER Policy recommends
that written and interactive digital teaching resources should be published in an appropriate repository or public-access website in order to maximise discovery and use by others. Where OERs have been created as part of an externally funded activity, any storage and/or repository locations mandated as a condition of the funding should be used.
You are encouraged to share your Creative Commons licensed resources anywhere that they can be found by others. The OER Service hosts a showcase of Edinburgh’s OERs on the service’s website and also maintains dedicated channels on a number of online platforms to share open educational resources created by staff and students under the Open.Ed banner. See below for details of these channels, further information is available here; OER Channels.
If you’re unsure where to share your OERs please contact the OER Service for advice and guidance.
- For the common good – everyday teaching and learning resources.
- Edinburgh at its best – highest quality media and learning materials.
- Edinburgh’s treasures – unique teaching and learning resources from the University’s collections.
- Primary and secondary – resources for primary and secondary schools.
Media Hopper Create
Media Hopper Create is the University of Edinburgh’s media asset management platform, where staff and students can create, upload, and share media both internally and on the open web. Media Hopper Create allows you to share media and audio resources under a range of Creative Commons licences, to enable them to be downloaded and re-used by others. Creative Commons licensed media will appear in Media Hopper Create’s Creative Commons channel, along with any other channels you publish it to. Please remember to add subtitles to your media, using Media Hopper Create’s automated subtitling service.
Blogs.Ed is the University of Edinburgh’s centrally supported WordPress blogging platform where staff and postgraduate researchers can set up their own blogs. You may wish to share your blog under open licence, or to share your OERs on your blog. For further information on adding open licences to WordPress blogs, please see our Applying a CC licence on WordPress guide.
Edinburgh DataShare is a repository of research data produced at the University of Edinburgh. Researchers who have produced research data associated with an existing or forthcoming publication, or which has potential use for other researchers, are invited to upload their dataset for sharing and safekeeping. Researchers may choose to apply an open data licence to their datasets, and much of the content in the repository is openly licensed. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC-BY 4.0) is the default licence. You can find information on how to share your data here: How to deposit. If you share an open data set on Edinburgh DataShare and would like us to feature it on the Open.Ed showcase lease contact the OER Service at email@example.com.
TES Resources is an online service where teachers and educators can discover and share original teaching and learning resources for primary and secondary schools, and early undergraduate education levels.
The OER Service has an Open.Ed Shop on TES Resources where we share a wide range of free customisable materials for schools, many of which have been created by undergraduate students as part of the School of Geosciences Outreach course. If you would like to share your OERs on TES Resources please contact the OER Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sketchfab is a platform for publishing and sharing 3D and VR content online. The OER Service maintains an Open.Ed channel on Sketchfab which hosts a range of 3D renderings, resources and artefacts from around the University. If you would like to share 3D content on the Open.Ed channel please contact the OER Service at email@example.com.
Flickr is an online photo management and sharing platform with wide international use. Flickr provides the option to apply Creative Commons licences to any photographs uploaded to the platform. Several University of Edinburgh Services maintain channels on Flickr including the OER Service, Interactive Content, and the Centre for Research Collections.
Please note: If you are sharing content on Flickr, please note that the site is blocked in some countries and may not be accessible to students.
YouTube is an online video sharing platform widely used worldwide. YouTube allows you to add a Standard YouTube Licence or a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to videos. For further information on adding open licences to YouTube content, please see our Applying a CC licence on YouTube guide.
Please note: YouTube is blocked in some countries so content may not be accessible to all students and users.
Vimeo is an online video sharing platform that operates on an ad-free basis. Vimeo allows content to be uploaded and shared using the full range of Creative Commons licences. See Creative Commons on Vimeo for further information.
Please note: Vimeo is blocked in some countries so content may not be accessible to all students and users.
Wikimedia Commons is an online repository of open licensed and public domain images, many of which are used on Wikipedia. Images shared on Wikimedia Commons must be licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution or Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike licenses, or in the public domain. The University has a Wikimedian in Residence who can provide support and guidance on engaging with the Wikimedia projects.
Please note: Wikimedia Commons is blocked in some countries so content may not be accessible to all students and users.
Slideshare is an online platform for sharing presentations, Powerpoints, slides and documents. Slideshare allows content to be uploaded and shared using the full range of Creative Commons licences. For further information on adding open licences to Slideshare content, please see our Applying a CC licence on Slideshare guide.
SoundCloud is an online audio sharing platform for hosting all kinds of audio including podcasts, music, audio books, discussions, etc. SoundCloud supports the full range of Creative Commons licences and also provides information on how to apply open licences to tracks: Creative Commons. For further information on adding open licences to SoundCloud content, please see our Applying a CC licence on SoundCloud guide.
There are also a number of dedicated OER repositories where you can share your open educational resources, so others can find, reuse and remix them. Information about finding open repositories is available here: