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Frequently asked Questions

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Q: What are OER?

A: Open educational resources (OER) are digital materials that can be re-used for teaching, learning, research and more, made available for free through 'open' licenses. This can be different in different contexts, but it typically refers to a form of licensing which allow uses of the materials that would not be easily permitted under copyright alone.  This means that educational materials (such as texts, diagrams, teaching guides, video content, podcasts, CD-ROMs) may be copied, edited, remixed or re-used freely without payment to the original copyright holder being required.

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Q: Do I need to log on to view this site?

A: No.  During the life of the project the OLnet website allowed users to create an account so that they could comment on published materials and network with others who are interested in OER.  The current website does not feature this functionality and all pages can be viewed without signing in.


Q: I used to be able to log on to this site but I cannot see any place to do that. Where has it gone?

A:  Personal log-in is no longer supported in this version of the site (see above).


Q: I added content to this site and I want to edit or delete it.  How do I do that now?

A: The URL for the content you previously added should still work, and it should be possible to find your content through search engine queries.  You can contact us if you'd like to edit or remove content. 


Q: Can I apply for a fellowship with OLnet?

A: The OLnet fellowship scheme has now been completed, and we are no longer accepting applications for fellowships.


Q: I would like to work with OLnet researchers.  How do I get in touch?

A:  Our contact page has a web form you can use to get in touch.  In addition, we can can be contacted through a variety of social media and other online communication tools, including Twitter, YouTube, Scoop.It, and Facebook.


Q: How to I participate in the collective intellegence aspect of OLnet?

A:  The OLnet Evidence Hub for OER is a tool that ha been provided to the OER community, policymakers, educators and researchers to understand and make sense of the issues surrounding OER collectively.  You can visit the site and start to create your own pathways through the data, contributing by voting and offering critique and comment.  There's a guide to getting started here.