Thing 17: Open Educational Resources

In this thing you’ll learn about Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are free resources that have been made available for others to use, share and adapt to support learning.

Open Badge information

Open Badge: SSSC 23 Things Digital – Thing 17: Open Educational Resources.

Counts towards: SSSC 23 Things Digital – Resource Hunter.


OER are part of a worldwide movement to promote and support sustainable educational development. OER take many forms – they can be presentations, modules, entire courses, text documents, videos, graphics, sound and much more.



We have created several OER and host these on the Learning Zone. We licence all SSSC OER, including 23 Things, under CC BY 4.0. This licence means that anyone can share and/or adapt the material in the OER for any purpose, even commercially. The only requirement is that you give appropriate credit to the SSSC, provide a link and indicate any changes you made.

Watch the following video which explains how the SSSC is working with OER.

If you can’t view the video, try watching it on YouTube.

Browse the SSSC OER, download one that is relevant to your practice and explore its material.

b) Finding OER.

There are many OER which are useful to social service workers and employers. For example, the Open University currently offers Becoming a Critical Social Work Practitioner, Ageing and Disability: Transitions into Residential Care and The Adur Carers Project. You can access these OER on the Open University’s website or download it in various formats including Word and PDF. You can share, adapt and build upon it under the conditions of the CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 UK licence. This means you or your organisation could decide to build an in-house learning resource based on this Open University material.

The University of Edinburgh’s Open.Ed website currently hosts End of life care after a stroke, an OER developed by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland with lots of information and several videos which can help practitioners think about how to have conversations with people who have had a stroke and their families. This material is available under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence.

Use the searchable OER Commons website to try to find an interesting OER related to your role.

c) Blog.

Write a blog entry reflecting on the idea behind OER and how you might use such resources to support your practice. You should also consider any limitations of OER and why some people oppose this approach to learning.

Image credit: OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

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