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This is a strand of the JISC/HEA UK OER Programme phase 2. JISC identified a number of areas where there were opportunities to enhance the digital infrastructure to support open content in education through small short projects producing technical solutions.

OER Rapid Innovation

Intended benefits of this work were:

  • Increased understanding about how to identify and implement digital infrastructure solutions to support open content for education
  • An informed developer community, more aware of the target groups they are developing for
  • Enhanced capacity, knowledge and skills to enable positive and informed change in the sector (through piloting new technologies and approaches)
  • Ideas for new or enhanced services, infrastructure, standards or applications that may be used at departmental, institutional, regional or national levels

This builds on previous rapid innovation style strands (example).

These solutions address a range of issues that we identified in our original call for proposals, and they specifically address:

  • how to create rich machine-readable resources that contribute to the global content commons?
  • how to simply and cheaply host and display content?
  • how to enrich and manage audio-visual content in an educational context?
  • how to bring OER content closer to the everyday life of academics?
  • how to make use more visible to aid discovery and decision making?

All of the project outputs are reusable and the slidedeck includes links to key information. Please do try out the solutions provided, feed back to the projects and join the lively oer-discuss mailing list to connect to people supporting open educational resources.

 OER Rapid Innovation Word Cloud


This is a strand of the JISC and Higher Education Academy Open Educational Resources (OER) Programme. JISC identified a number of opportunities to support open content in education through small short projects producing technical solutions. We therefore released a Grant-Funded Call in November 2011 seeking proposals to enhance the digital infrastructure for open educational content.

This OER Rapid Innovation Strand comprises 15 projects, funded between £10,000 and £25,000 each, that ran between March and October 2012. The total value of these grants is approx £350,000.


Start date
1 March 2012
End date
31 October 2012
Funding programme
Academy/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme Phase 3