OER UCT Project



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OER UCT: Sharing Educational Resources

The OER UCT project, currently run in the Centre for Educational Technology at UCT with the support of the Shuttleworth Foundation, aims to showcase the teaching efforts of UCT academics by encouraging the publication of resources as OER. Offering new visibility for teaching materials and global individual profiling on international OER sites, a directory listing the UCT Collection of OER went live in February 2010. We'd like your resources to be included here, so join the global move to share, remix, improve and redistribute your teaching resources. Have a look at the growing collection of open educational resources from the University of Cape Town on the UCT OpenContent directory

What is OER?

The term 'open educational resources' (OER) was first adopted at the UNESCO 2002 Conference on Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries and is now commonly used to refer to an Internet-driven worldwide community effort through which educational resources can be accessed free of charge across the globe. Generally referred to as 'digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research', OER includes:

  • Learning content: syllabi, full courses, modules, learning objects, lecture notes, presentations and data collections.
  • Tools: content development tools, online learning communities, and software to support the creation, delivery use and improvement of open learning content.
  • Implementation resources: intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of resources and guidelines for design and best practice.  

Benefits of OER

'My stuff has been used variously by teachers and students at University of Rio de Janeiro, University of Brasilia, Monash Univeristy in Australia, as well as by several South African institutions ... my presentation of material improved, and I added things like a blog to interact more immediately with students and interested parties.  It also got me interested again in teaching stuff that had otherwise got a bit stale!' — Ed Rybicki, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, UCT

Effective use of OER has the potential to help you:

  • Raise your individual, departmental and institutional profile
  • Facilitate increased and effective community engagement
  • Provide leverage with funders through fulfilling community engagement and dissemination mandates
  • Enhance your current teaching practice
  • Provide a means of archiving teaching materials
  • Provide channels for receiving feedback on your teaching materials from peers across the globe
  • Enable your contribution to the global knowledge Commons and facilitate better localised sharing of knowledge

UCT and the Cape Town Open Education Declaration

UCT recently showed its commitment to openness in education by signing the Cape Town Open Education Declaration (CTOED), one of a number of global Declarations committed to accelerating efforts to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education. Taking the approach of open education as a living idea, the CTOED aims to foster a movement driven by individual interest and contribution. The OER UCT project aims to support the OER movement in this, one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions.

Read more about the Cape Town Open Education Declaration and become a signatory at www.capetowndeclaration.org.

Useful OER contacts

Visit the UCT OpenContent directory

Read the OER UCT project blog

For information regarding related workshops and seminars

Sourcing OER

For information about publishing OER

Find out more about Creative Commons licensing and create your own CC license for your materials

Useful search engines for locating sharable resources

Contact the OER UCT Team

Project Manager
Glenda Cox

Technical Director
Stephen Marquard

Legal Advisor
Shihaam Donnelly