UKOER/SCORE Review report

Journeys to Open Educational Practice: UKOER/SCORE Review Final Report

A cumulative evaluation and synthesis of the entire HEFCE funded intervention in OER

When citing this report please use the following:

McGill, L., Falconer, I., Dempster, J.A., Littlejohn, A. and Beetham, H. Journeys to Open Educational Practice:  UKOER/SCORE Review Final Report. JISC, 2013

In 2008 the JISC Good Intentions report concluded that the landscape around learning materials had changed sufficiently to support a range of sustainable models for sharing. The report charted and acknowledged the long history of approaches to support sharing that had helped to shape the landscape.

Most of the models highlight a growing acknowledgement of the need to build and support open and sustainable communities to share practice and resources. Indeed such communities are often the key to sustaining the service, whichever model is adopted. This is the type of model most likely to encourage sharing between teachers as well as learners.

The growing OER community is taking collaborative approaches to tackling the ongoing challenges of raising awareness, licensing and trust issues, and standards and technologies. The challenge for the UK now is to ensure that our HE institutions are enabled to create policies, practices and support their staff to accelerate the transformations required to contribute and benefit from this global movement. It is also vital to ensure that we capture the real picture of use and re-use of such services and collections to inform future OER programmes.

HEFCE funding for OER initiatives followed this report in 2009 and has, in many ways, provided some of the scaffolding and support for a variety of individuals, communities and institutions to move forwards in their own journeys, whether they started years before in other contexts or had just joined on the road to open sharing.



Executive Summary  (download as an ODT or a PDF)

Impact summary

1. Introduction – Purpose, Scope & methods

2. OER journeys – Background & Context

  1. Motivations
  2. Models and approaches 
  3. Impact

3. Critical factors to support open practice

4. Tensions and challenges

5. Main Recommendations and Specific Recommendations

This report is available as a series of linked web pages with several supplementary pages. Each report page can be downloaded as either an open document format or pdf.

Further Sources

A range of reports, papers, tools and resources developed as part of the HEFCE OER funding initiatives

Papers that have informed this report in particular include:

McGill, L., Beetham, H., Falconer, I. and Littlejohn, A. JISC/HE Academy OER Programme: Pilot Phase Synthesis and Evaluation Report. JISC, 2010

McGill, L., Falconer, I., Beetham, H. and Littlejohn, A. JISC/HE Academy OER Programme: Phase 2 Synthesis and Evaluation Report. JISC, 2011

McGill, L., Falconer, I., Littlejohn, A. and Beetham, H. JISC/HE Academy OER Programme: Phase 3 Synthesis and Evaluation Report. JISC, 2012

Thomas, A., Campbell, L.M., Barker, P and Hawksey, M. Into the wild: Technology for Open Educational Resources Reflections on three years of the UK OER Programmes JISC CETIS, October 2012

Kernohan, D. and Thomas, A. (2012) OER – a historical perspective

HEFCE UKOER funded studies

OER Impact Study: research report. Liz Masterman and Joanna Wild University of Oxford, July 2011

Learner Use of Online Educational Resources for Learning (LUOER) Paul Bacsich, Barry Phillips and Sara Frank Bristow Sept 2011

UK OER infoKit – resource drawing together outcomes and outputs from the UKOER Programme