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Open Educational Resources (OER): Lecturer Resources

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Using Open Education Resources

The purpose of this unit is to provide CDU staff with information and experience in finding, repurposing, using and sharing open educational resources (OER) in your teaching practice. You can choose which modules you are interested in and you can come back at any time to access the "just in time" learning throughout the year

Within this unit you are invited to join the "CDU OER Interest Group" to connect with others who are interested in progressing the use and creation of OER at CDU.

UNESCO Guidlines for OER in Higher Education

Open educational resources (OER) are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared.

These Guidelines outline key issues and make suggestions for integrating OER into higher education.

Their purpose is to encourage decision makers in governments and institutions to invest in the systematic production, adaptation and use of OER and to bring them into the mainstream of higher education in order to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and to reduce costs. 

The growing demand for higher education and the ongoing rollout of ICT infrastructure have created unique challenges for higher education institutions in an era of tight resources. It has become increasingly important for educational institutions to support, in a planned and systematic manner:

• Development and improvement of curricula and learning materials;

• Ongoing programme and course design;

• Organisation of interactive contact sessions with and among students;

• Development of quality teaching and learning materials;

• Design of effective assessment tools for diverse environments; and

• Links with the world of work.


Want to learn more about Open Education Resources and how to include them in your teaching practice? Undertake these quick and simple tutorials on the fundamentals of OER.

Flickr Code Generator

Flickr HTML attribution code generator: This tool will generate the appropriate attribution to put under your image if using it in Learnline or in a web page. Simply just copy and paste the Flickr image URL into the search box, select "Get Code" and the generator will do the rest.


OER Toolkit

Open Educational Resources (OER): A Toolkit for Teachers, Curriculum and eLearning Developers

The National Copyright Unit (NCU), with help from the Australian Government Open Access and Licensing Framework (AusGOAL), has produced an Open Educational Resources (OER) Toolkit for Teachers, Curriculum and eLearning Developers. This toolkit is to help teachers, schools, curriculum writers and e-learning areas in understanding OER's and also how to create them.

Open Education Licensing Toolkit

Open Courses: Design and Development

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