OER Repositories


Imagine you are constructing a course in digital skills for an identified group of learners (e.g. undergraduates, new employees, teachers, mature learners, military personnel, etc.). It is a short, online course aimed at providing these learners with a set of resources for developing ‘digital skills’. It runs for five weeks, with a different subject each week, accounting for about six hours study per week.

  • Devise a broad outline of the topics to be covered every week. Don’t deliberate too much on this; it should be a coherent set of topics but you don’t actually have to deliver it.
  • Now see how much of your desired content could be accommodated by using OER repositories. Search the following repositories and make a quick evaluation for each week of your course of the type of content that is available.

I devised a preintermediate EFL English course and checked ALL the OER repositories.  Imagine my surprize when none of them had anything that I could use for my imaginary course.  When I did a simple Google search, I found a number of activities I could plug in to my imaginary course.  






Question forms, Word order, subject questions

Family words, describing people

None available on any site



What is/are …like, countable and noncountable nouns,

City landmarks, adjectives to describe places, countries, nationalities

None available on any site



Simple past and past continuous

Expressions related to relationships, narrative linkers

None available on any site



Comparative and superlative adjectives, comparison structures

Words and expressions related to sports

None available on any site



Verbs with two objects, Simple present and simple past with adverbs of frequency

Word combinations related to presents, clothes and accessories

None available on any site


This activity reinforced my idea that either OER must be more carefully labeled to make it accessible to everyday teachers, or that there were never OER created for this kind of project.



4 thoughts on “OER Repositories

    • Thanks John. Yes, I have used a lot of material from the web in my language teaching practice. It has been much easier for me to find material outside a repository than inside one. Thanks also for the link.

  1. I suggested digital skills as a topic because I thought that might produce some results, so it’s interesting to see that your focus on language learning didn’t produce any. I think there are probably other repositories outside of the ones listed that would have been useful for this. It’s been an interesting exercise, some people are finding whole courses they can create and others nothing, depending on topic.

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