What is the OpenContent directory?
The OpenContent directory is a place for UCT staff and students to share their teaching resources with the rest of the world. Often this material resides on our computer hard drives where it is inaccessible to others, or on Vula where it is only available to select members of the UCT community. The OpenContent directory provides a space in which to share resources beyond UCT, so that others can use them in their own teaching and learning environments.
What is OpenContent?
Open content is also referred to as 'open courseware' or 'open educational resources' (OER). They are licensed educational materials (usually digital) that can be used by anyone, shared freely and adapted to suit a particular purpose.
The global nature of the internet and its ever-increasing culture of sharing have enabled the growth of the OER movement. Teaching and learning resources that were once only shared within departments and communities of practice, or at a cost, can now be made freely available to educators and students worldwide. Furthermore, in this age of abundant information where it can be difficult to find suitable resources for teaching and learning, OER offer educators and students access to top quality materials that can be adapted to suit their specific needs.
What's in it for me?
The OpenContent directory gives you a space to share your teaching materials with the world, a place to garner feedback and stories, and a place to profile yourself internationally as an open scholar. Here you can also access other educators’ work, which you can use or adapt to augment your own teaching, possibly saving hours of preparation!