A HEFCE-funded programme led jointly by JISC and the Higher Education Academy. The pilot stage seeks to examine the effectiveness of differing models of open educational resource release in institutional, subject and individual settings.

Open educational resources programme - phase 1

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Between April 2009 and April 2010, JISC and the Academy supported pilot projects and activities around the open release of learning resources; for free use and repurposing worldwide.

See also Open educational resources phase 2 and Open educational resources phase 3 

OER Infokit developed from the findings of phase 1.

Projects were asked to make a significant amount of existing learning resources freely available online, licensed in such away to enable them to be used and repurposed worldwide.

It was expected that funded projects would demonstrate a long term commitment to the release of open educational resources (OER). Projects worked towards the sustainability of long term open resources release via the adoption of appropriate business models to support this. Supporting actions included modifications to institutional policies and processes, with the aim of making open resources release an expected part of the educational resources creation cycle.

 As a part of this programme, support and advice on all aspects of open educational resource release were offered. This included guidance and advice from existing JISC services and other organisations and covered issues around licensing, intellectual property rights, technical aspects such as the use of standards and metadata, and resource discovery.

The evaluation of the pilot programme, including the synthesis of project outcomes, was carried out by a team based at Glasgow Caledonian University

Funded projects

Coventry University Open Content Employability Project
Exeter University Open Exeter
Leeds Metropolitan University Unicycle
Leicester University OTTER
Nottingham University BERLiN
Oxford University Open Spires
Staffordshire University OpenStaffs

University of York Open Source Electronics Learning Tools
University of Westminster www.multimediatrainingvideos.com project
University College Falmouth openUCF
Anglia Ruskin University NumBat (Numeracy Bank)
University College London Open Learning Environment Early Modern Low Countries History
University of Central Lancashire EVOLUTION: Educational and Vocational Objects for
Learning Using Technology In Open Networks
University of Lincoln Chemistry.FM
Bradford University Open Educational Resources Project (OERP)

SC LLAS (Southampton), ENG (Royal Holloway), PRS (Leeds), HCA (Warwick) The HumBox Project
SC ICS (Ulster) Open Educational Repository in Support of Computer Science
SCEngineering (Loughborough) Open Educational Resources Pilot
SC UKCME (Liverpool)) CORE-Materials: Collaborative Open Resource Environment –
for Materials

SC Economics (Bristol) TRUE: Teaching Resources for Undergraduate Economics
SC Physical Sciences (Hull) Skills for Scientists
SC GEES (Plymouth) C-change in GEES: Open licensing of climate change and sustainability
resources in the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
SC ADM (Brighton) Open Educational Resources in Art, Design and Media
SC MSOR (Nottingham Trent) FETLAR (Finding electronic teaching learning and assessment resources)
SC Bioscience (Leeds) An Interactive Laboratory and Fieldwork Manual for the Biosciences
SC UKCLE (Warwick) Simulation Learning Resources
SC HSAP (KCL) Public Health Open Resources in the University Sector (PHORUS)
SC C-SAP (Birmingham) Evaluating the practice of collective endeavour in opening up key
resources for learning and teaching in the social sciences

SC MEDEV (Newcastle) Organising Open Educational Resources (OOER)

Further information

Wordle of project names (cc-by)


Start date
30 April 2009
End date
30 April 2010
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Strategic Themes