Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) is a research team that grew out of the OER Research Hub project. In 2012 the Hewlett Foundation funded the OER Research Hub project. This sought to establish an evidence base for the many beliefs widely held regarding the benefits of OER. The project developed 11 hypothesis (such as “Use of OER improves student performance”) and worked with 15 partners to build an evidence base regarding these. The hypotheses and evidence can be found in the Evidence Report and are presented as maps and visualizations at OER Impact Map. Some of the case studies in this section detail the individual collaborations comprising this project.
The current OER Hub team all worked on this project and established a global reputation during this time. Following on from this large scale project, which ended in 2015, it was decided to establish the team and OER research on an ongoing basis. We transitioned to a portfolio based approach, encompassing a range of open education related projects.
OER Hub runs the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). The aim of GO-GN is to both raise the profile of OER research, and offer support for those conducting their doctoral studies in this area. At the core of the network are PhD students whose research projects include a focus on openness in education, and around them a wider community of experts, supervisors, mentors and interested parties. As well as research into openness, the GO-GN seeks to develop opennesss as a research process. This includes developing open dissemination approaches, releasing open data, publishing open access, and sharing findings openly.
OEPS is a Scottish Funding Council project which aims to build capacity and promote open education across Scotland, in all sectors. The OER Hub has led the research strand of the project since September 2014. Comprising of four work packages and led by Beck Pitt and Bea de los Arcos, the OER Hub is delivering a map of Scottish best practice in conjunction with the OER World Map, a series of surveys focused on understanding and use of OER and OEP in Higher Education, Further Education and the Third Sector and a range of research case studies which showcase best practice across Scotland.
OER Hub also has a direct link to the OER World Map project team through Rob Farrow, who has worked on the project since 2014.
The OER Hub is situated in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University (OU) in the UK.