Opening Educational Practices in Scotland case studies and courses

Anna Page, Pete Cannell, Ronald Macintyre

The Open University

The Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project, funded by the Scottish Funding Council for 3 years, aims “to enhance Scotland’s reputation and capacity for developing publicly available and licenced online materials, supported by high quality pedagogy and learning technology” ( This means increasing the capacity of the Scottish sector to develop and use free open online content.

On the OEPS hub website ( the project has been compiling a growing repository of case studies illustrating open educational practice in different contexts. The case studies are real life examples of open education as practiced by different individuals in education and in the third sector, they explore widening participation, learning in the workplace, OER in schools, OER as a tool for enabling cultural and policy change, student support and the process of building OER in partnership. OEPS has been working with partners both within and outside the academy to create open educational resources. Some partners are using the OER they create as routes for continuing professional development of workforce, others are using them as an additional tool for teaching post graduate students specific topics within their field while others are using them for lifelong learning. Some of these OER creation partnerships have become case studies to illustrate to those new to OER and OEP how they might utilize OER for their context.

In this poster we plan to highlight the thematic links between the case studies, the OER which OEPS has helped create and what they enable for the partners with whom the project is working to create open educational resources.

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