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


November 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

CFP: Research in Underexamined Areas of Open Educational Resources

November 1st, 2019|0 Comments

There's a new call for papers at which may be of interest to readers of the blog. Part of the framing for this work is the need to transcend studies which concentrate on cost [...]

Report: Massive Open Online Courses for Employability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

October 28th, 2019|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new report produced for the ECM-LM project. The European MOOC Consortium brings together higher education, MOOC platforms and representatives of public and private sectors in a [...]

Report: Bringing Learning to Life

October 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Ahead of the forthcoming Open Education 2019 conference we are pleased to make available the report I will be presenting. Bringing Learning to Life: Evaluation of Everyday Skills in maths and English presents data collected [...]

Free Open Book: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for Business Learning

February 5th, 2019|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that we are making available a new open textbook which brings together key findings of the BizMOOC project. BizMOOC, which ended in December 2018, was a Knowledge Alliance project contributed [...]

#OWLTEH18 and #MozFest18

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Rob presents on UK Open Textbooks to #owlteh - photo by Daniel Villar October saw the Hub team head Stateside to present and contribute to #OpenEd18 in Niagara Falls, USA before rounding up the [...]