Research for the OEPS project is being led by OER Hub researchers Beck Pitt and Bea de los Arcos who are based at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University (UK).

The research team are producing outputs that contribute toward the following five of the overall project deliverables:

  • Mapping current practice of OEP and related work in Scotland;
  • Awareness raising of Open education;
  • Developing the concept of OEP in the Scottish context;
  • Developing an evidence base of effective practice.

Our research is structured into four work packages, as follows:


The research team are available to facilitate a range of workshops. In addition to showcasing workshop activities at various OEPS Forums, we have carried out a series of of Thinking about Open workshops at organisations and institutions across Scotland:

  • 23 September 2016 : College Development Network (CDN), Stirling
  • 22 September 2016: University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Inverness
  • 27 May 2016: Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Glasgow
  • 22 January 2016: The University of Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 30 October 2015: University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Paisley
  • 27 October 2015: University of Dundee
  • 30 April 2015: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

We also have a range of openly licensed workshop assets either currently available or forthcoming:

Feedback on Thinking about Open:

“The ‘Thinking about Open’ session Beck and Bea facilitated for a range of UHI colleagues was both timely and excellent. It broadened and deepened the range of ways in which we could consider and approach open educational practice, and how an open ethos could be reflected in individual and collective practice within our own institutional context. We have already begun to further explore issues and ideas introduced during the workshop, and to identity practical and strategic next steps that we can take.”

Professor Keith Smyth, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Inverness (November 2016)

“Thought provoking…”

“Thank you! Great discussion. Need more of these debate sessions across institutions to unravel the ‘openness’ concept.”

Participant feedback from Thinking about Open taster sessions at OEPS Advisory Forum II

Becoming an Open Educator course open_educator_badge_128x128

The badged, open course Becoming an Open Educator was formerly launched on OpenLearn Works on 1 September 2016. It was community reviewed and you can find out more about its development in the post OUT NOW!..  The course:

…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. [REF]

Research and Case Studies

OEPS research on OEP and OER use in Scotland comprises of case studies, surveys and a report contextualising Scottish OEP internationally.

Awareness of OEP and OER: Surveys

As at October 2016 we have surveyed educators at both the higher education (HE) and further education (FE) institutions across Scotland.

In October-November 2015 we surveyed staff at 19 HE institutions. You can find a summary of findings, openly licensed infographic, report and more on the anonymised dataset in Awareness of OER and OEP in Scottish HE Institutions: Survey Results. We surveyed staff at 16 FE colleges during March 2016 and a summary of findings, openly licensed infographic, report and anonymised dataset is available via Awareness of OER and OEP in Scottish Colleges – Survey Results. You can also review our presentation at OER16 Awareness of OER and OEP in Scotland… 

A further survey of the HE sector is planned for autumn 2016.

Current OEP: Case Studies

Throughout the duration of the project we are producing case studies and best practice advice to capture the diversity of Scottish open educational practice. In addition to desk research, we conduct interviews with individuals to discuss their own open practices, institutional and organisational initiatives and/or open education projects.

You can search for and review case studies on the OEPS Hub. We are also adding our case studies to the OER World Map.

Contextualising Scottish OEP: Report

Forthcoming February 2017.


Working collaboratively with the Hewlett funded OER World Map project we are currently contributing examples of Scottish projects, initiatives and best practice case studies generated from our research. Data generated from workshop activity at the October 2014 OEPS Advisory Forum has also helped inform this process.

This page was last updated on 28 November 2016 

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