Open educational resources 

Open educational resources (OER) are freely usable material, such as texts, pictures, podcasts, data, research publications or other materials. Possible restrictions from licences must be acknowledged when using the material. Open educational material can be used for learning and teaching. When planning teaching, it is good to consider how open the materials chosen for the course are: if the university’s credentials are necessary to be able to access the materials or if they are openly available to everyone over the Internet. Especially when planning open online courses, it is essential that the materials are open to everyone.

Open educational materials also benefit teachers. A teacher can use open material made by another teacher—so it is good to open your own material for others to use. Open educational material demonstrates the teacher’s expertise, enables new chances for collaboration and increases the quality of the material.

Using open educational resources

Open educational resources can be searched from the national service for open educational resources and it is also good to deposit the information about your own open materials there.

Library’s Search guide for open access publications introduces ways to search open access scientific publications.

When you are using open resources notice the terms of use and licenses. Using Creative Commons licenses is recommended for open educational material. The terms of use of CC-licensed materials are easy to understand and safe to use in teaching. For UEF Heimo you can find CC-licensed material and guidelines how to use CC-license.

Sharing your material

Plan what material you want to open and where. Whether you want to open the whole course, a lecture record, presentation or something else. Choose a service which makes open access possible. Notice that some of the university’s services require university credentials.

Check the quality of the material. Share openly on the Internet only material that you yourself would want to find for use, that is material which is useful. Notice the target audience, if the material is openly available is it useful for everyone or could it be edited to serve a wider audience. Open digital material must also be accessible

Check the copyright and ownership issues and your rights to open the material. More information abou copyrights in UEF Heimo.  If you have questions about contracts related to open material contact: sopimukset[at]uef.fi 

Go through the material you have produced and consider all the relevant issues related to sharing it. Check the permits to use material, such as pictures, from others and provide appropriate citations for work done by others.

Pay attention to any personal information that may be included in the material. Delete personal information from the material you want to share openly. Ask for a permission if someone else is presented in the material, for example, in the pictures or students’ assignments.

Add creator’s name/names and affiliation.

Express the terms and conditions with which others can use your material. For open material the Creative Commons licences are recommended. Suitable licences for open educational material are, for example, CC BY-SA 4.0 and CC BY 4.0. More information on the CC licences and how to choose them from the Creative Commons web page.

Open educational material is useful only when it is findable. In order to make your open material findable, describe it. Deposit descriptive information and the material or a link to it to a service where the material is openly available. It is recommended to deposit open educational material to the national service for open educational resources.

More information

Oppitupa offers pedagogical and usage support in ICT, social media, and learning environments for UEF staff 

Information about tools available at the university and guidance on how to use them 

Support for DigiCampus-moodle 

Information about the quality of online teaching. eAMK quality criteria by Mari Varonen & Tuula Hohenthal 

Data protection and personal data