UKOER Impact Model

UKOER programme synthesis and evaluation (phase two) –  Impact Model


During the synthesis and evaluation of  Phase 2 of the JISC Open Educational  programme (UKOER2), we are working with the OER project  teams collating evidence of benefits, sustainability and impact of OER release. We have devised an instrument to assess impact – the OER Impact Model (below).


From the literature we know that OER release is influenced by the nature of the resources and the practices around OER creation, release and reuse. Resources release and the practices around them can be considered individually (ie the practices of an individual learner or teacher releasing or reusing resources) or socially (ie the practices of groups or collectives releasing or reusing resources).


The release of OERs and practices around these is situated within the wider educational context of Further and Higher Education. Within this broad context individual and social practices influence the release of different types of OERs, and the release of these resources, in turn, affect the institutionally based practices associated with them. Further, we recognise that these practices and resources exist within a wider societal context in which open practices and resources are evolving rapidly. These aspects of OER release are integrated in the UKOER Impact Model, as follows.



Individual impact (the left hand side of the model) is being explored by other parts of this landscape are being explored by other funded projects, for example the OER Impact Study, led by the TALL group at the University of OxfordOER Impact Study, and Open Resources: Impact on Learners and Educators (ORIOLE), led by the UK’s Open University). Through our evaluation of the whole JISC UKOER programme, we are focusing on examining the right hand side of the model, taking a social focus. 


A recent discussion with OER practitioners identified a range of emerging challenges and issues within these broad educational and societal contexts:


Emerging challenges and issues within a societal context


Emerging challenges and issues within  educational contexts



One clear message from this initial study is that ‘uncertainty’ is a signature of our current society and of the education sector as a whole. The impact of the UKOER2 programme on resources and practices will help inform future directions for the sector.