The project has been completed and the Final Report is currently being finalised. This report will shortly be made available through the JISC Programme website and through the project website.

In addition the project partners’ completed Action Plans together with a partners’ Evaluation Report in which the project leads reflect on key lessons, challenges and successes together with long-term project strategies, are available through the Project Website

Two new online wizards which help when applying multiple Creative Commons licenses to OERs.

Jason Miles Campbell, service manager, JISC Legal said, “These tools make tricky calculations easy when it comes to working out how the various Creative Commons licences work with each other…”

Click here for more information

Thanks to Naomi Korn and the JISC Support Team

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects related to the creation and use of digital content with funding of up to £5.4 million available.

The Themes are:

Strand A: Digitisation for Open Educational Resources (OER) Release of digitised educational content for use and re-use on an open access basis through digitisation of special collections and subsequent creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs) for embedding in teaching and learning.

Strand B: Mass Digitisation Mass digitisation of special collections and other analogue material of educational use that meets the needs of, and are of benefit to, learning, teaching and research.

Strand C: Clustering Digital Content Bringing together existing, but currently scattered, digital content in innovative ways.

Deadline for submissions – Monday 15th August 2011

For eligibility and more information: Click Here

Project Update


As the project moves into the final phase the findings, outcomes and reflections on the past 12 months is being collated.

To assist the process a reporting template has been constructed to allow the partners to detail their experiences and project outcomes.

To view and download the template, and the recent newsletter, go to the project webpage – see Documents and Newsletters
Click Here

The Triton OER Project at Oxford University has devised plug-ins suited to WordPress users which helps add Flickr images to their materials and resources. The two plug-ins identify either CC-BY images which align with their general OER content or search for those with more specific licenses which the user may require to ensure copyright protocols are maintained.

Click for CC-BY Plugin

Click for Advanced License Search Plug-in

Many thanks to Pat Lockley for this post information

ALTO Project


Just to remind everyone that archive references to the University of the Arts, London (UAL) and OERs are in the context of the institution’s involvement as a project partner in OER 1. Currently UAL are running the ALTO (Arts Learning and Teaching Online) Project and ADM are pleased to be involved as a member of the project advisory board.

The key links to the UAL project are:

ALTO Website
Project Blog
Process Arts BETA Site

Apologies for confusion over archive links and many thanks to Chris Follows and John Casey from the ALTO Project

Alex di Savoia from the University College, Falmouth, who has been involved in the UK OER Programme has requested help from the community:

I’m currently developing UCF’s “Intellectual Property Rights for Educational Environments” OE course as part of Phase II. I’m in the midst of specifically developing modules around Collaborative working and how this relates to IPR. There are two modules, the first is a Level 1 “General Introduction to Collaborations” and the second is a Level 2 “Collaborations within an Institutional Context”.

I am really struggling to find information on either of these two – well, anything that is education/university-focused or focused on collaborative creating learning objects. There were a few collaborative projects from Phase 1. Is there material available that detail your collaborative process – especially dealing with IPR? Documents, case studies, “talking head” videos, etc would be greatly appreciated. And, if possible, these would be released as OERs through our course. Ideally, this material would be around one of the following issues/subjects:

· The basics of collaboratively creating learning objects/OERs – a flowchart / outline / etc

· Problems / issues encountered and how they were overcome

· Differing approaches to IPR between the partners / how did you handle different IPR policies & frameworks?

· Legal issues, especially around clearance

· Project management – a flowchart / outline / etc

· Moral rights / ethical rights – different policies or strategies between the institutions involved? If so, how was this overcome?

If these materials don’t exist, would it be possible to speak and brainstorm ways that UCF could create OERs that cover these areas based on your experience?

FYI, I have found amazing resources that cover these areas via the CREST Report and the Lambert Review. I will be adding these as resources. However, they are focused specifically on research collaboration and HEIs working with industry partners. What I really need are materials that cover collaborations between universities around creating OERs/learning objects

If you can offer help or advice please contact alex:

Last Few Places Available

Jesus College, Ship Street Centre Lecture Theatre, Oxford

Friday 20 May 2011 09:30 – 16:00

How we can measure and understand the usage and impact of digital content within the education sector?
How do we go about defining value and impact?
Which metrics should we adopt to understand usage?
When is a digital resource a well used resource?


£25 Registration Fee to cover lunch and refreshments

Further Information

The OTTER Project have requested anyone who has used their framework to offer some feedback.

Link to CORRE Framework

The ORIOLE Project’s focus is on “investigating, understanding and disseminating about use and reuse of digital online resources in learning and teaching”.

To help the Practising Open Education Project encourages you to support ORIOLE by filling in a questionnaire.

In addition to helping the project there is a small reward, besides knowing you are helped understanding of online and open resource use. You can nominate charities to receive a donation from the ORIOLE. All deserving causes and the three with the most nominations will each get £100. The list of charities to select from is here

Link to Questionnaire