About the Ripple project

Ripple is a project led by the Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services, University of Oxford.

Aims and objectives

The project will concentrate efforts within three broad areas:

  1. By providing a package of support to the partner institutions we aim to get them to a state of readiness for more widespread OER release. The focus will be on providing a safe environment in which the partners can fully explore the issues which are relevant to their institutions and any barriers that they face.
  2. To share and openly disseminate the learning materials relating to OER release which are generated during this project for the benefit of the wider community, including case studies from the partner institutions which will document their learning journey. Oxford University will share the knowledge gained through our experience of providing support, what worked and what did not, so that the wider community can learn lessons from our approach.
  3. For the partners to achieve some small-scale OER release by testing the processes and policies developed during this programme of support. By working collaboratively, partners will aim to aggregate their OER content and work together in discrete subject areas.

Project methodology

By adopting a workshop-based approach, Ripple will deliver specific, tailored support primarily designed to increase knowledge in the partner institutions whilst also producing a series of outputs which will be released openly for the benefit of the wider community. Topics and content for the workshops will be developed in consultation with partners to ensure that the support is tailored to the areas of greatest need.

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

Partners will be able to put into place policies, processes, and dissemination and communication strategies which will enable them to achieve a change of the attitudes towards OER release. By pursuing some small-scale OER release, each institution will demonstrate the advantages of OERs to their academic and student communities, stimulating future interest.