The National Resource Hub, a searchable collection of open educational resources (OER) for teaching and learning from across the Irish higher education sector was launched today. The development of the National Resource Hub was led by the National Forum in consultation with the sector and represents the further implementation of the National Forum’s overall commitment to open educational practices that will enable the continued sharing of teaching and learning resources in a sustainable way.
The academically-led Board of the National Forum provides strategic guidance, oversight and leadership to the Forum in pursuit of its vision and mission. It comprises representatives of the broad spectrum of stakeholders in Irish higher education, including students, academics, senior managers, policymakers and representative bodies.
All resources developed as part of National Forum-funded initiatives are required to be openly licensed, to facilitate sharing and reuse. To support this open practice, the National Forum developed the Open Licensing Toolkit (2019), the How to Choose an Open Licence guide (2020), and the online resource ‘Using OER and OEP in Teaching and Learning (2021), all available at Teaching and Learning.ie. The National Forum also aims to model open practice by sharing all National Forum resources openly (using Creative Commons CC BY licences).
The resource hub will enable resources developed through the Strategic Alignment Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2019 and 2020 to be shared across the sector. The hub will also facilitate the sharing of OER in Irish higher education allowing good practice and resources developed by one initiative to be adapted and shared by others.