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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 provided objective, ongoing evaluation and synthesis of the HEFCE funded pilot programme which was 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.



UKOER final synthesis reports

Pilot programme Synthesis and Evaluation report

UKOER Phase 2 final synthesis report


UKOER Phase 3 final synthesis report


Dissemination activities - synthesis and evaluation work




Briefing Papers

Open Practices

Open Practice Across Sectors





Synthesis and Evaluation Frameworks

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


The most current version (Phase 3) of this is UKOER phase 3 evaluation framework


This has been incorporated into an EvaluationToolkit to support project evaluation activities and final synthesis


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

Project team for three phases of UKOER

Led by Glasgow Caledonian University



with help and support from


Consultant contributing to HEFCE OER Review

Dr Jay Dempster


A cumulative evaluation and synthesis of the entire HEFCE funded intervention in OER - which includes all phases of UKOER and the Open University SCORE activities.

This included:

  1. Retrospective re-evaluation of the findings from phases 1 and 2, to include the gathering of further data from projects beyond their funded life.
  2. Evaluation of currently active SCORE supported work, using a methodology compatible with the core UKOER methodology.
  3. Retrospective evaluation of SCORE supported work, and the incorporation of this into the core UKOER methodology.
  4. A cumulative synthesis of findings from the above strands and the parallel evaluation/synthesis of UKOER phase 3, and the presentation of this in formats suitable for researchers, policy-makers and a general audience.


UKOER/SCORE-Review-Final-Report  and Summary briefing paper

Both published May 2013

Our work feeds in to the OER Infokit


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





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