OER Service 2022 Roundup

2022 in yellow lettering against a black background with fireworks

It’s been another busy year for the OER Service! As well as celebrating over 5 years of institutional support for OER and open knowledge at the University, we’ve worked closely with our Online Course Production Service, and staff and students from across our schools and colleges to share even more high quality open licensed content. Here are just a few of our highlights of the year.

Front cover of OER Service brochureThe OER Service and the Online Course Production Service launched two new brochures; Open for Good: OER at the University of Edinburgh and Short Online Courses

Our award-winning collection of OERs on TES Resources, co created by staff and students from the School of GeoSciences, Open Content Curation Interns and the OER Service, have been downloaded over 110,000 times by school teachers from all over the world.

Fundamentals of Music Theory, our first open textbook funded by a Student Experience Grant and published on Edinburgh Diamond, has been downloaded over 5000 times.

We worked closely with the Online Course Production Service on the Legacy MOOC project, which resulted in over 1200 open licensed videos being shared through Open Media Bank.

We provided strategic input on OER and open education in the curriculum to the Curriculum Transformation Programme and the new Digital Strategy.

We welcomed three student interns; Open Content Curation interns Molly Wickett and Alyssa Heggison, and 23 Things intern Megan Thomson.

We ran a series of social media campaigns highlighting Edinburgh’s OERs for International Women’s Day, Ada Lovelace Day, LGBT+ History Month, International Philosophy Day and many more.

We shared our ELDeR Learning Design Roadmap resources under open licence with the community.

We ran a series of activities & events for International Open Education Week, including a public webinar Open to the World: Open course development at the University of Edinburgh.

The OER Service took over the University’s Learning Technology Community in October. Recording to follow in the New Year!

23 Things won the MERLOT Instructional and Design Technology Classics Award.

The Fundamentals of Music Theory open textbook was shortlisted for Open Education Global’s award for Open Remix / Reuse / Adaptation.

Together with colleagues, we presented papers at the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference and the OER22 Conference. We also Contributed to EDEN, ENCORE+ and COOL SIG webinars, and were interviewed for Open Education Global’s OEG Voices podcast.

Next year we’ll be marking ten years of MOOCs at the University of Edinburgh, working with colleagues to embed open education and OER in the curriculum across the University, releasing a new updated version of our award-winning online course 23 Things for Digital Knowledge, and reflecting on the tenth anniversary of the Open Scotland initiative.

Header image: cropped from a free to use photo by Moritz Knöringer on Unsplash.