The Open Educational Practices in Scotland project (OEPS) aims to facilitate best practice in open education in Scotland through development of a peer support network, an online hub at www.oeps.ac.uk and awareness raising activities. OEPS is also enhancing the Scottish tertiary education sector’s capacity and reputation in developing publicly available online materials supported by high quality pedagogy and learning technology.
The project is funded from 2014-2017 and is assisting a number of organisations to create online courses for learners. Some of these courses are shared in this collection, as is a collection of good practice case studies and guidance on open educational practices.
Some of the courses developed in partnership are published in their own collections:
- Parkinson's UK
- Dyslexia Scotland and Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit
- The OpenScience Lab experiments for secondary school children
In addition, OEPS was involved in co-authoring How to make an open online course.
See also the free resource for teachers Grow your own loaf created by the Royal Highland Education Trust, inspired by the OEPS project and hosted online as the result of the availability of a free open platform which the OEPS project has helped improve.
The badged courses in the The OU in Scotland collection carry OEPS project designed badges. These courses were
developed when the OEPS project began and the process of their creation has
influenced some of the production processes and methods trialled by the OEPS
project when working with external organisations. In addition, some OU in
Scotland produced courses which are hosted on OpenLearn also had an important
influence on the OEPS project.
Delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Global Game Changers Awards in the Collaboration for Change category.
OEPS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
the Scottish Funding Council without which the project
could not have existed.
Resources for Open Educational Practice
Resources for Open Educational PracticeTry this free course
Level 0 Beginner
OEPS reports and briefings
Opening Educational Practices in Scotland project reports and briefingsTry this free course
Level 0 Beginner
Becoming an open educator
This course, which was produced as part of the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project is aimed at anyone who is curious about how free and open might change our approach to teaching and learning and has been designed for administrators, educators and facilitators in all sectors.Try this free course
Level 0 Beginner
Supporting collective learning in workplace and community settings
This course provides support for anyone involved in organising informal learning in the workplace or in community settings, by developing the collective use of open educational resources.Try this free course
Level 0 Beginner
Gender Equality in STEM - advance enrolment
Gender Equality in STEM is designed for teachers of late primary and early secondary pupils. There is no requirement to have a background or role related to STEM. The course aims to reduce barriers for participation in STEM subjects by female students through challenging gender stereotyping and building STEM capital in the classroom, using an inquiry-based approach. This free online course is designed not only to deliver information but to contribute towards transformational change in schools.Try this free course
Level 1 Introductory
Global trends in death and dying
What is death like around the world? How do we know what the causes and circumstances of death are globally? Are these changing, and if so, why? We will try to find the answers to these questions in this short module.Try this free course
Level 2 Intermediate
My Seaweed Looks Weird: An Introduction to Seaweed Parasites
This short course is part of a planned suite of short courses on seaweed aquaculture developed by the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) to explore best practice in seaweed cultivation.Try this free course
Level 3 Advanced
Rapid Open Course Development: Dyslexia UK
In March 2017 OEPS, Dyslexia UK and Education Scotland launched the first of three open courses Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice. The course is badged and uses a reflective log to help learners develop their understanding of dyslexia and inclusive practice, covering topics such as current legislation and how to support those with dyslexia. Two further open courses (Supporting Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice and Dyslexia: Identification and Support) which build on the skills acquired in Introduction to Dyslexia…, will be available during September 2017 and January 2018, respectively. All courses are available via the openly licensed course platform OpenLearn Create and were co-developed with The Open University (UK).Read this article
Open Badges for Student Led Learning: The University of Edinburgh
Peter Evans (@eksploratore) is based at The University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Education, Community and Society in the School of Education. He teaches on the MSc in Digital Education and researches into professional learning in open online environments and digital education.Read this article
edShare@GCU: Advocacy for sharing in the open
edShare@GCU is Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) repository of educational resources. Its origins can be traced back to the Spoken Word Project, which ran from 2003 to 2008, led by GCU in collaboration with BBC Information and Archives, and a number of universities in the US. “The idea was to take television and radio broadcasts from the BBC and make them available so that they could be used for classroom teaching” says Marion Kelt (@mugpunter7), Research and Open Access Librarian at GCU.Read this article
Creative Open Everyday Practice: Thinking Differently at UHI
Keith Smyth (@smythkrs) is Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The Learning and Teaching Academy supports the development of learning and teaching practices, and engagement in educational scholarship and research, across the network of thirteen Academic Partners (including colleges and specialist research institutes) that comprise UHI. Covering a geographic area roughly the size of Belgium, UHI uses a blend of digitally enabled and face-to-face approaches to engage with learners, staff, local groups and communities across the Highlands and Islands region, and with wider communities beyond the region.Read this article