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Open educational resources: The challenges of ‘usability’ and copyright clearance

TitleOpen educational resources: The challenges of ‘usability’ and copyright clearance
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWhitfield, S., & Robinson Z.
Start Page51
Keywordscopyright challenges, developing OER, OER repositories, peer-review process, re-purposing challenges

AbstractThis article reflects on the experiences of Keele University's participation in repurposing teaching materials for open access as part of the GEES consortium within the Higher Education Academy/ JISC Open Educational Resources (OER) pilot project. The team at Keele contributed over 100 separate OER, principally PowerPoint slide sets, reading lists and activity sheets across a number of climate change and sustainability-related themes. This paper explores some of the challenges that arose in the ‘repurposing’ of existing teaching materials for open access, including the issues of end-user usability and obtaining copyright clearance for image intensive resources. The paper concludes with advice for those interested in making existing or new resources suitable for open access.


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