OER Channels

Our staff and students are encouraged to create, licence and share their own open licensed resources anywhere on the web that is useful to manage them and enable them to be found and re-used by other users.  The Open.Ed website includes a showcase of Edinburgh’s OERs to highlight some of the great resource created by staff and students across the institution.  Here you’ll find

The University of Edinburgh also maintains accounts on a number of online platforms to share open educational resources created by staff and students under the Open.Ed banner.

Media Hopper Create

Media Hopper Create is the University’s media asset management platform. It provides all staff and students with a space where they can upload media resources and then share them to various places, including VLEs, websites and social media channels.

Media Hopper Create has a number of channels that host openly licensed content including:

  • Open.Ed – the OER Service’s open educational resources channel
  • Open Media Bank –  a collection of high quality media created for the University’s MOOCs and online courses, published under open licence for sharing, reuse and remixing.
  • Open Media Snippets –  a collection of openly licensed media snippets for use in all kinds of creative projects.
  • Wikimedian in Residence – digital skills media resources created by our Wikimedian in Residence to support the use of Wikimedia in the classroom, and engagement with the Wikimedia projects.

TES Resources

TES Resources is an online platform where teachers and educators can discover and share original teaching and learning resources. Its focus is on sharing materials for primary and secondary schools, and up to early undergraduate education levels.

The University of Edinburgh shares a wide range of free customisable resources for use in primary and secondary schools, many of which have been created by the School of Geosciences Outreach course. All resources are accompanied by Curriculum for Excellence learning objectives and outcomes and can be downloaded and used free of charge from the University of Edinburgh Open.Ed Shop.


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.


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.

We have two collections currently on Sketchfab; one includes 3D animal skeletons and skulls from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, and the other includes 3D renderings of artefacts from the University of Edinburgh archives.


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.

  • OpenEdinburgh YouTube Channel – has over 300 videos, many from our various MOOCs.
  • Data Library – The Edinburgh University Data Library has created multiple videos as part of their MANTRA MOOC, a free online course for those who manage digital data as part of their research project.
  • Supercytes – This playlist from the Interactive Content team hosts supplementary videos for the Supercytes card game and resource pack about having fun with Biology and encouraging an early interest in science.


If you have any open educational resources from the University of Edinburgh that we should know about, please get in touch!