About the Great Writers project

Aims and objectives
This project will collect and release digital learning content that supports the theme "Great Writers – Learning from the Past".

The project will provide a new set of key lectures, a series of downloadable electronic texts and ebooks, plus background contextual resources including a blog of scholarly posts to support the lectures and ebooks.

It is anticipated that the content will explore the historical context, discuss key texts and the writers' legacy and influence on literature. Example collections will be:

The material, intended to provide an engaging introduction to a typical humanities undergraduate education, will be released under a suitable open content licence and therefore can be reused in education worldwide.

The project will focus on content collection and release through community collaboration and engagement. Our principal stakeholders will be the humanities subject community. We will also engage with school teachers to ensure that the material released is useful to the pre-university sector.

As a result of this project a substantial collection of rich learning resources with a literary theme and a focus on engaging new students will be created and made available for global reuse. The materials will be related to a strong 'Great Writers' thread, curated by subject specialists and steered and evaluated by the demands of the subject community.

Collecting existing materials together and enriching them with new resources will increase their exposure, surfacing materials which may otherwise be undiscovered.

We will undertake wider engagement with the humanities subject community through community engagement workshops:

The end users for these materials will be:

OpenSpires logoGreat Writers is an OpenSpires OER Project (Open Educational Resources) run by the Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services, University of Oxford. It is funded by the HEA and JISC through the Open Educational Resources (OER) Programme.