Quickscan Open Educational Practices

Working with Open Educational Resources has more impact on an institution than just on lecturers and the educational process. Does your institution already have a vision for working with OERs? Do you discuss it in staff evaluation interviews? To determine how far adoption of OERs has already progressed and what follow-up steps your institution can best take, the Towards digital (open) educational resources zone has developed a quickscan.

Use this quickscan to find out where your organisation stands regarding the use of Open Educational Resources.

How does it work?

Complete the quickscan, which takes about 10-15 minutes. By answering 20 multiple-choice questions, you will get a picture of the current level of maturity in adoption of working with OER on five organisational aspects and also suggestions for follow-up activities.

Using the results, you will then engage in a dialogue with your colleagues.

Working with Open educational resources

The quick scan provides insight into the level of adoption of working with OERs. Working with OERs is referred to as Open Educational Practices (OEP for short):

OEPs are defined as practices that support the production, use and reuse of high-quality OERs to promote innovative pedagogical and didactic models.

Based on integration into strategy, governance and policy, available organisational and technical support, and fostering innovation and professional development, the maturity of OER practices is determined. The quick scan can be completed at an institutional level but can also be used from the perspective of faculties, departments or academies, for example.

This quick scan was developed from an existing tool: the Institutional Self-Assessment Tool (ISAT) of the British Columbia Campus. To this, we added questions to make the tool suitable for the Dutch context and add more focus on Information Technology and recognising and valuing staff development.

Organisational aspects and themes

The organisational aspects and associated themes addressed in the scan are as follows:

Vision development, Vision implementation, Policy, External collaborations

Incentives, Curriculum/subject/training development, Professional development Open Educational Practices (BKO), Collaboration with students

Communication, Organisational structure, Internal collaborations, Innovation support

Institutional vision, Evaluation, Change management, Staff evaluation

Infrastructure and resources, Fine-tuning, Technical and service support, Implementation teams

The level of maturity is reflected in four levels:

  1. Pioneer level. In your organisation, the original vision and goals are the main guidelines for OERs. Staff collaborate informally.
  2. Departmental/Faculty level. Your organisation has just started to professionalise Open Educational Practices. However, these activities are not yet managed from a central entity within the organisation. Although collaboration within departments is structured, collaboration between different departments still takes place on an ad hoc basis.
  3. Institution level. The institution works with uniform processes around OERs. Strategic goals regarding OERs are translated into concrete standards and performance indicators. Staff are encouraged to actively contribute ideas and solutions to make better use of OERs.
  4. Cross-institutional level. Your institution collaborates with external partners on the strategies and policy regarding OERs. In addition, insights from OERs reliably guide the activities of staff and the organisation.

Once completed, you can view the results and then complete the optional questions for more inspiration. Don’t forget to download the report in between or at the end!

Reference: Institutional Self-Assessment Tool (ISAT) van British Colombia Campus: Morgan, T., Childs, E., Hendricks, C., Harrison, M., DeVries, I., & Jhangiani, R. (2021). How Are We Doing with Open Education Practice Initiatives? Applying an Institutional Self-Assessment Tool in Five Higher Education Institutions. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 22(4), 125-140.

The quickscan continues to evolve. Should you find tools or documents that should not be missing, please send them to You can also ask questions here. 

Share this page


You may also be interested in the following products, publications and projects.
Startup in Residence EdTech

Fast to: About Challenges Information Contact Startup in Residence EdTech is a programme for educational institutions that want to collaborate

Deze website maakt gebruik van cookies. Lees hier over onze Coookies