Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free digital learning resources that are freely available in the public domain or subject to an open licence. The open licence, the most common of which are the Creative Commons licenses, clearly indicates how the material may be used, modified and possibly shared further. In this way, videos (knowledge clips or webinars), podcasts, e-learnings or Open Textbooks can be used, modified and shared without cost or special permission.    

Benefits of Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources offer teachers an efficient and inspiring way to teach. You save time by reusing teaching materials from colleagues, for example a series of knowledge clips from a colleague at another university. Open Educational Resources help students gain different perspectives on the subject matter and give them the freedom to decide for themselves which teaching materials to use.   

Making Open Educational Resources available and using them  

Open Educational Resources can be found basically anywhere on the Internet. To make your search easier, there are a number of databases. For higher education in the Netherlands, there is the edusources platform. International repositories are OER Commons or MERLOT

Have you created, or are you thinking about creating Open Educational Resources yourself? Then contact the openeducation [at] ru.nl (Radboud Open Education Team) for advice and support. They can add your material to edusources. 

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Examples of Open Learning Materials from Radboud University  

Linguist Sharon Unsworth set up the prize winning podcast Kletsheads for parents, teachers and speech therapists in 2019. What can you expect if you raise your children multilingually? What helps your children's language development and what doesn't? In each episode, Sharon, who is a mother of two children herself (both multilingual), discusses the science behind the language development of multilingual children with a different expert. The podcast offers practical tips and inclusive insights from multilingual children, parents and professionals. Started in 2019 in Dutch, the podcast has also been available in English since 2020. 

The professional community Neerlandistiek offers material from and for the Dutch Language and Culture courses in the Netherlands and Flanders; this material can also be used for the Dutch school subject in secondary education. From Radboud University, Professor of Dutch and Academic Communication Marc van Oostendorp plays an active role in this professional community, for instance with his video series of lectures for the University of the Netherlands.    

Students can also access edusources and - with the agreement of a supervising lecturer - add material. One example is an Open Access book by Radboud history student Jakob Jung containing a reflection on his experiences and learning points regarding archival research. 

Pilot Open Textbooks  

In 2024, Radboud University Press is launching a pilot for the development of Open Textbooks. These online textbooks will be free to use and share via an open licence. Teachers can collaborate on these books according to Radboud University Press's quality model. Students can even participate in the writing process, known as co-creation, which is a form of Open Pedagogy. 

Contact Radboud University Press for more information about participating in the pilot. For inspiration and examples, please visit University of Groningen & Radboud University Open Textbooks. 

Contact

Do you have questions, need advice or support in reusing or creating your own Open Educational Resources? Then please contact the Radboud Open Education Team. They will gladly help you.