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Copy of Unit 4: OERs Curriculum Specific Resources

This MindMap has been designed to offer a logically structured visual approach to understanding the complex issues involved when creating selecting and using Open Educational Resources, (OER). The Sources Branch leads to many of the portals and sites that contain OERs, and  thismay be your first port of call if you are looking for Curriculum Specific  resources to use immeditaley, or to include in a new resource, The Map is also designed to cover the full gamut of practicalities from the selection and use of tools for creating content, through search and discovery, Copyright and IPR issues and enable a strategy for successfully implementing OERs within courses. The maps will include embedded hyperlinks, notes, video and papers together with suggestions for further study and research. Although there is  still  a great deal of potential to build on and extend this map, and we hope you may be enouraged to do so, we trust you will take time to explore each of the nodes and find useful ideas contents and resources. The Map also links to the MindMaps for the following Units of Study: (6, 7, 9): Unit 6: E-tools of teaching and Learning Unit 7: Professional Development and Researching Practice Unit 9: Working in a collaborative online environment  


This branch explores some of the different definitions of OERs Image Credit: Nina Mathews Photography CC BY



Open Content



MOOCs are not Open resources, as OERs. It may be likely that most MOOCs may include OERs; but OERS are not a pre-requisite within MOOCs. It is also worth noting the difference betwen xMOOC and cMOOC.



JISC Definition


This node explores instances where the use of OERS may be apporpriate and the practice of using OERS .

Online Course

Online courses can be designed for local or institutional use.

DS106 - Digital Storytelling

Local Courses within Institution

MOOCs, Open Education, Edx, Non Profit, Coursera, University of Edinburgh

OER development comunities

Some examples of communities developing and using OERs

OER Community - University of Bedforshire



OER AfricaShare

OERs In School, DEFT Project, New Zealand Schools, Walking the Walk

OER Use - Practical Examples

Redwood College

OER (VLE Activity), Group, Individual


Un-Conferences / Meetups, MirandaMods, TeachMeets


Google Hangouts


Course Design


Licences are fundamental to OERs number are a numbe of different 'Open' Licences available that can be used with OERs.

Creative Commons



Categories, BY, SA, NC, ND


CC Tools, CC Licence Selector, CC OER Tool

Public Domain

The Public Domain - please note - works may be in the Public Domain in one country but not in others, so using works in the may require careful research and selection.

© Copyright

Please Note - you cannot include Copyrighted © works in an OER - (without the owners permission). Even with such permission - it may not be far reaching enough to allow resource to be used in an OER. Therefore as a rule avoid including any resource that is ©.

Open Licences


This branch looks at the issues involved in creating OERS Creating OERs will be as likely to involve adapting and building on resources created by others, as creating completely new resources. Some familarity with digital tools,web skllls will  of course be an additional and  useful asset.   Image Credit: HEA Engineering Subject Centre CC BY      

New Resources


From Scratch






Copyright toolkit

Open Source Tools, Freemind

Search, JISC Finding OERs Toolkit


Web Skills, Coding, Mozilla Popcorn, Searching, Presentation

Media Skills, Edtiing, Proprietary tools, Open tools


Media Type, Images, Flickr CC, Compfight, Video, Platforms,, YouTube, Vimeo, Formats, Open, Proprietary, Audio, Text

User Guide

Useful current user guide in Wiki format


Properties: Why Use OERs? Waht is it about OERs that makes them valuable branch lists the attributes which make OERs valuable for learning. Image Credit: Caudio Ar CC BY NC SA


OER content should be sustainable - if using online resources - try to judge what their permanence might be.

Open Learning

Open learning must be free and accesible anywhere.

Knowledge Building

No need to reinvent the wheel


A resource can easily be transferred form one context to another.

Open Content

Open Content must be free, accesible and allow adaptation.


Content must be easliy shared

Open Access

Open Standards

Sources (Finding OERs)

This is a your starting point for exploring the wealth of reseources that can be used for creating OERs. All the nodes here link to 'Open' resources freely available on the Internet.  Whilst not all are necessarily complete OERs in their own right they can be combined to create new learning resources. Some resources will be free and open  - others will phave conditions of use   such as this example and suggestions from from OER commons "Conditions of Use No Strings Attached Remix and Share Share Only Read the Fine Print" Image Credit Theo Kuechel

Academic Institutions

Open Learn

University of Oxford, OpenSpires

Wiki Foundation


WikiMedia Commons

Internet Archive


Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Images

Wellcome Library

National Archives

The `National Archives invite you to use their historical sources to recreate your own tasks for groups or individuals in the classroom. You are free to download our images to create your own teaching materials provided they are presented with a document reference and linked to the website. However, images for commercial publication will have to observe the usual terms of copyright.

Focus on Film

Khan Academy

Smart History

Computer Science

Project Gutenberg

iTunes U

Flickr Commons

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer. You're invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.*

Rumsey Map Collection


Scottish Colleges

OER Commons


Will resources and b artefacts from many European museums archives and collections, Europeanna

Video Platforms

YouTube, Vimeo and BlipTv are video platforms designed to hold User Generated Content. Many organistaions and Professional users and organisations also upload to these platforms and whilst the quality of the resources can be very mixed, there is still valiuable resources in terms of content and qaulity on all. All the three video paltforms  include Creative Commons Licensed Videos that can be downloaded and used within OERs, but it is very important to read the licences and terms of use. It is also worth noting that all allow most videos to be "embedded" in a web page and because  you are not actually downloadign the video content - it is possible to use these in OERs.




Library of Congress

The US Library of Congressis is "the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections." It is a vast portal,  well worth spending time exploring; many of its resources have Open licences  or  are in the Public Domain.

Further Study Reading and Reflection

These resources will be upodated regularly. Image Credit: Ian Levack CC_BY_NC-ND


Are all kinds of pedagogical styles that underpin OERs acceptable?

Innovating pedagogy (OU): important report on new l earning contexts, New pedagogy for e-books, Publisher led short courses, Assessment for Learning, Bedges to accredit learning, Mozilla Open Badges Project, MOOC, Four Barriers to MOOCs, MOOCs: Advantages and disadvantages, Debate: MOOCS: neither the death of the university nor the panacea for learning, MOOC participant views, MOOC Backlash, MOOC: Poor learning design, Learning for Free? MOOCs, MOOCs: Two pedagogical styles, Examples:a reading MOOC, Rebirth of academic publishing, Seamless learning, Learning Analytics, Personal Inquiry Learning, Rhizomatic learning


Debate - should OERs allow commercial Resuse


OER Impact Study

Lorna's Blog

OER Impact Presentation

What Does Openness mean to Universities


OERs - Difference between Schools & Universities

Other Units

Unit 6: E-tools of teaching and Learning

Unit: 7 Professional Development and Researching Practice

Unit 9: Working in a collaborative online environment