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OER Synthesis and Evaluation Project

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Welcome to the JISC/HE Academy OER Programme Synthesis and Evaluation Project Wiki


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This project provides objective, ongoing evaluation and synthesis of the HEFCE funded pilot programme which is being run in collaboration between the Higher Education Academy and JISC through three linked activities:


  • A framework tool provided a strong foundation and common language for collating data from projects. The framework allows us to structure our interventions with projects, and was also used a means of evaluating the 'openness' of their outcomes. The framework was developed in collaboration with both projects and the support teams during the pilot phase of the programme.
  • Evaluation activities which address how different communities and cultures are progressing towards openness in their shared practice. These utilise mixed methods to examine social, technical, pedagogical and legal / organisational issues, and provide a synthesis account detailing barriers and opportunities for change.
  • The synthesis reports include recommendations to funders and to the stakeholders represented in the programme, and a versions of the framework tool for use by the sector to audit progress towards more open practices around educational resources.

Project team

Led by Glasgow Caledonian University



with help and support from

Pilot programme Synthesis and Evaluation report

The following pages supplement the final report

Project method and approaches

Barriers and enablers

Synthesis of Strands

Synthesis and Evaluation Frameworks

Several different frameworks have been used to support project evaluation and synthesis of key messages and evidence

Generic Framework

This framework identifies issues and questions about OER Release which shaped the pilot programme and that were raised by the projects as they progressed. This framework was offered to the projects to help them identify their evaluation questions and how they might answer them. It also informs the final pilot programme synthesis framework

Strand frameworks

These three strand frameworks were developed from the generic framework and mapped to each of the projects in that strand. These were shared with projects and many projects used them to map their activities and final outcomes and outputs. These stand frameworks fed back into the generic framework and also in the final Pilot programme synthesis framework (Final versions of these to be added when complete)

Pilot programme synthesis framework

This is the final synthesis framework for the pilot programme and includes outcomes. As project outputs emerge which illustrate and evidence the outcomes these will be added as links.

Resources to support projects

The team have produced a range of guidance documents to support projects as well as links to useful sources available elsewhere


Dissemination activities - synthesis and evaluation work


Our work feeds in to the OER Infokit


Short url for this page: http://bit.ly/oerevalsynth





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