Building the OER capacity of university students through renewable assignments :async:

Eseta Tualaulelei (University of Southern Queensland), Mais Fatayer (University of Technology Sydney)

This mini learning activity will present an evidence-based model for building university student capacities to create and access Open Educational Resources (OER) through the process of renewable assignments. It will demonstrate how the cognitive surplus of students in higher education can be utilised to address professional challenges. Case studies from projects the authors have conducted along with examples of co-created, student-generated artefacts will be shared. Presenters will also share the advantages and pitfalls of the process from a faculty and educational design perspective. Evidence will be presented for how the model has promoted students’ emerging professionalism through the creation of professional learning artefacts, and how it has increased students' capacities to create and use open educational resources. We will also show how the model can be adapted to strengthen the connections between students and in-service professionals.

The activity’s platform will be devoted to providing resources and generating ideas for participants who may create their own renewable assignments to benefit their students. A further focus is the creation of artefacts that benefit a profession or community. The platform will also stimulate dialogue around how university assessments can be reimagined to increase educational stakeholders’ capabilities in creating and utilising OER.

Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_37.pdf đź“„

Activity Details

UNESCO OER Action Area: Building capacity
Format: Asynchronous Interactive Activity
Language: English


This activity can be completed at any time during (or after) the conference.

Instructions and materials for the activity will be added below by the authors. They will provide specific details on how to participate and what to share back as a response to the activity.

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G’day everyone! Thanks for joining our interactive activity.

I’m Eseta and I’m a senior lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. I’ve been an open practitioner for less than 3 years but am loving the results of open pedagogy that I’m seeing with my students. In our activity, Dr Mais Fatayer will be presenting her model for sustainable open educational resources development and we’ll be sharing ideas from projects that we’ve both been involved in. Please enjoy the activity and we look forward to sharing ideas and having some great online discussions with you all.

Staff profile:

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Hello everyone,

My name is Mais, I am a learning design and technology specialist at the University of Technology, Sydney. I have been involved in open education since 2008. I enjoyed working with Dr. Eseta Tualaulelei on this activity and learned from her own experience on integrating the OER development model in her subjects at USQ. I hope you too will benefit from the design model and the teaching approach that we have developed. For more about me visit or get in touch via LinkedIn .

Instructions to complete the activity in 25 minutes

  • Step 1: Start by answering a quick question using the link (2 minutes)
  • Step 2: Watch the video What are renewable assignments? (1 minute)
  • Step 3: Complete an interactive module to get introduced to the OER development model, a case study from USQ, and generate a draft assignment using the model. (15 minutes)
  • Step 4: View examples of renewable assignments. (5 minutes)
  • Step 5: Read and download module summary (3 minutes)
  • Step 6: (Optional) If you are an academic, we would like you to reply to this post by uploading a draft assignment from Step 3. If you work in learning design please share your own design of using renewable assessment in learning and teaching. (5 minutes).

Renewable assessments

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Interactive module:

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Examples of renewable assignments
Students’ Books
Students’ blogs

Module Summary
OER development model_ tapping into renewable assignments OEGlobal 2021.pdf (81.8 KB)