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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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Create and publish your own OER

NUI Galway provides a suite of OER publishing tools and platforms to create and promote your own open, free, and reusable OER learning materials. The aim is to provide access to OER creation and publishing for NUI Galway students and staff. This is aimed at people interested in making a difference in open education and creating or modifying OERs. Importantly, the promotion of the use and production of OER is a flagship goal in the Open Value of the NUI Galway Strategy 2020-2025.

We use the UNESCO definition of OER, “OERs are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions”. 

OERs can be produced and published using several evolving tools and platforms.  As an output of the Student Project Funded OER project, the Library provides NUI Galway Open Press. NUI Galway Open Press is currently powered by Pressbooks. Pressbooks enables the production and editing of web books and similar content, which can be published under an open licence. This provides an excellent opportunity to produce, or customise, Open Texts and similar materials (e.g. lecture notes, handbooks, manuals, annotated books/memoirs, essay collections, etc). Pressbooks supports embedding multimedia and other components. NUI Galway Open Press OERs can be published with a DOI and can even be used privately in the Learning Management System (Blackboard). Pressbooks also allows authors to easily import content and export the resulting publication to a variety of formats, including MOBI, EPUB, and PDF. Pressbooks OER can also be published and shared publicly via the Pressbooks global directory. The Pressbooks global directory is a great place to discover new content and/or import free and open content as a starting point. See NUI Galway Open Press for the full experience.

 Supported by the NUI Galway Student Project Fund

For interactive, multimedia content, a range of specialist e-learning authoring tools are already in use across the institution. Separately, there is a site licence for H5P (a CELT project) which is mainly used to produce short interactive content for use within Blackboard. H5P content can also be published and shared externally via and the H5P OERHub.

Grants for creating and publishing NUI Galway OER

NUI Galway Library and partners seek to improve student success and inspire new practices by directly encouraging and supporting OER adoption and reuse. The goal of the OER Grant Scheme is to encourage instructor experimentation and innovation in finding new, better, and less costly ways to deliver learning materials through OER in classrooms, online, and research. 

There are three models through which OER may be implemented: adopt an existing open resource or text, adapt existing resources to local needs, and create new resources to fill a gap in suitable materials. The grant scheme seeks to support and incentivise OER adoption, adaptation, and creation through small grants to participating instructors and creators. 

Read more about the OER grant scheme and how to apply

Proposals are strongly encouraged from projects that focus on student-led efforts or student co-creation. 

Got a grant scheme question? Book an OER drop-in session

Express your interest in the OER work on campus

"Open Educational Resources (OER)" by NUI Galway Library is licensed under CC-BY 4.0