The Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) are leaders in researching the impact of open educational resources (OER) on teaching and learning practices. Our aim is to raise the quality and profile of research in this field. OER Hub has three key objectives:

  • Building capacity in the OER research domain
  • Conducting research into open education and OER
  • Producing resources for the open education research community

About OER Hub

The OER Hub is situated in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET), at The Open University (OU) in the UK. Both IET and the OU have built global reputations through a long history with open education, making this an ideal home for the OER Hub.

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What we do

This section provides an overview of the type of research conducted by the OER Hub. The background to the Hub is set out, highlighting the Open University’s long engagement with OER.

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We are always looking for partners and projects to work with. We use agile ways of working and strive to be flexible in how we work with collaborators to meet their needs. This means there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to working with us and the best way to proceed is usually to get in touch and go from there.

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Here you will find listed publications from all the team, including research articles, book chapters and conference proceedings.

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Research and Outputs

In this section you can find the various outputs from the OER Hub team across different projects. As well as academic publications and presentations, there are non-traditional outputs as well as openly licensed data from our research that others can use.

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Case Studies

In this section you will find examples of collaborations and activities highlighting areas of research or data analysis carried out for key clients.

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Recent posts

Introducing our new look and summer update!

August 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Back in September we announced we would be widening our foci to researching the impact of open education more broadly and would be undergoing a rebrand to reflect this wider remit. If you've seen us at events and [...]

JIME: OER15 Special Collection

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

The latest issue of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JiME) is now out!  Guest-edited by myself and the lovely Bea de los Arcos, the issue brings together outstanding papers from last year's OER15 conference [...]

OER World Map – latest developments and call to action

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

The OER World Map project aims at collecting and visualizing data about actors, services, projects and events related to OER in order to support the efforts of the OER community to organize and understand itself. [...]

The Open Research Agenda (2)

May 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Back in March we shared the preliminary results of our consultation exercise we are calling The Open Research Agenda.  Since then we have presented these findings and run seminars at two major open education conferences [...]

The Open Research Agenda (1)

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

As we look forward to Open Education Week it's time to share the first round of results of our 'Open Research Agenda' consultation exercise. The idea behind this is to try to bring a developed conversation [...]

Digital Badging in Higher Education

March 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Those interested in badging learning and alternative forms of assessment might like to check out the following lecture from The Open University's Patrina Law.  The presentation includes an overview of OpenLearn and OpenLearnWorks as well as [...]