Leeds opens Window on Open Education Resources
The University has announced a sector-leading link to the largest collection of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the country, Jorum.
The Universitys Open Window to Jorum creates a unique access route for Leeds staff to the most reputable repository of learning and teaching materials in the UK and gives the University a platform for displaying its own educational excellence.
Thanks to the Open Window, academics at Leeds will be able to share their digital assets with learners and educators across the world and strengthen links with Leeds colleagues and students in their disciplines.
Materials such as images, video, animations, websites, and lesson plans can be uploaded into Jorum for sharing, reusing and repurposing. Materials in Jorum can be downloaded and used for free, and in many cases can also be edited by users.
Neil Morris, Professor in Educational Technology, Innovation and Change, said: This pioneering initiative reflects the Universitys commitment to open practice and our digital strategy for student education.
Sharing resources offers two-way benefits for staff: where high-quality open resources already exist to download, educators can spend time on more complex concepts rather than having to reinvent the wheel, and by sharing their own resources they can enhance their profile within their discipline. Our students will benefit from having access to a wider range of interactive materials so they can find those which suit them best.
The project was led by Antonio Martinez-Arboleda, Principal Teaching Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, who is a national champion for Open Education Practice and a member of Jorum's Steering Group. Antonio said: "The Leeds Open Window shows Jorum's commitment to serve Open Education by engaging with the needs and aspirations of HE institutions and educators."
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