Blend your teaching with OERs!

Blend your teaching with OERs!

Whether you are planning a lesson which incorporates online learning materials, or just need some inspiration, you may find what you are looking for by having a look at OERs.

OER Word Cloud
OER Word Cloud

Open Educational Resources are no-cost materials developed for learning, teaching and research, which can be used fully or in part, and in some cases tailored to the needs of your own students. OERs may be openly available within our institution (such as shared worksheets or Moodle activities), in the public domain (such as YouTube, Slideshare or BBC) or on Jorum and other OER repositories.

While it can be difficult to find out if website resources are licenced for use, OER repositories hold resources that have been released under an open-licence meaning that there are no or limited restrictions on their use or re-purpose. And there are always our library materials which can be immediately added to your courses to add that extra learning opportunity.

Use Library Resources to encourage independent learning. Add a link to our Moodle subject pages and ask students to write their own guide on what is available in their subject. Link to our database list and ask students to find a newspaper report on a current topic. Students can add reviews to the Library Catalogue on books they have read, or create lists of useful resources. Dip into our excellent tutorials on Skills for Successful Study, to help with finding and using library resources, referencing and plagiarism, or direct students to our Moodle courses on Study Skills, Copyright and Current Awareness. Find images, sound and video clips from our databases of copyright cleared materials, or embed our video guides into your Moodle site from our fledgling YouTube channel. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for a chat on embedding online activities into your Moodle courses.

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