Project Aim

Open Northampton aims to promote the use of open educational resources (OERs) and open practices through staff development workshops, and support the release of Northampton’s quality learning and teaching materials as OERs.

The Open Northampton project has two objectives:

  1. Releasing Northampton’s high quality teaching and learning materials as open educational resources (OERs)
  2. Promoting openness and open practices within the University

So far, the project has released 51 OERs into JORUM (the OER repository for UK HE and FE institutions), covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

OER Workshops for Academic Staff

To support academics to embed OER into their course development and teaching, Dr Ming Nie offers two OER workshops in 2015-16 as part of the C@N-DO staff development scheme:

Finding and using OER 

In this three hour workshop participants will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of OER, search different types of OER resources from OER repositories, consider ways to enhance their course and teaching using OER, and develop awareness in open licences such as Creative Commons Licences.

Identifying copyright issues in teaching material

In this three hour workshop participants will have the opportunity to identify potential copyright issues within their teaching material and consider solutions to resolve these issues, apply Creative Commons licence to revise, remix, and reuse OER, and consider other issues in improving the reusability and transferability of their material to users in other contexts.

If you would like to attend any of these OER workshops, please contact
Dr Ming Nie to register your interest.

Quality enhancement process

In Open Northampton, we use the CORRE framework – an established process for transforming teaching materials into OERs. The framework is developed by the University of Leicester as part of the OTTER project.

CORRE consists of four stages:

  • Content stage focuses on gathering existing teaching materials and screening for a brief assessment of the learning context, learning design, media, structure and language used in the materials.
  • Openness stage looks at issues to do with copyright clearance and technical transformation will be dealt with.
  • Re-use and Re-purpose is about reality checking based on feedback from stakeholders regarding the OERs in terms of their fitness for reuse and repurposing.
  • Evidence is concerned with assessing the value and usefulness of OER when released.