Q: What do Oxford Sparks, FreeSpeechDebate and the Angus Library at Regent’s Park College have in common?
A: They have all deposited teaching materials for schools in the TES Resources online repository.
TES Resources is part of the online portal of the Times Educational Supplement. It gives teachers in schools and colleges across the world free access to lesson plans, classroom resources, worksheets and revision guides.
Over the past two years staff in Oxford’s academic divisions, libraries and museums have contributed nearly 300 resources, which have been viewed almost 130,000 times. For Oxford Sparks, TES provides another channel for disseminating its popular animations and podcasts such as the ‘Big Questions’ series, together with associated lesson plans. The FreeSpeechDebate team has harvested articles from its expanding collection to assemble resource packs that include discussions and suggested essay questions on topics such as the complex relationship between free speech and privacy. A collection of valuable sources on the Slave Trade provided an impetus for the Angus Library to create a set of teaching materials which has been downloaded for use in the classroom over 1,000 times.
Research projects, too, can increase their impact by developing educational materials from their work; for example, Dr Jane Dyson of the the School of Geography and the Environment developed a short documentary film on life in the Himalayas to engage school teachers as well as other stakeholders in her academic research, and was one of the prizewinners in a special category for contributors to TES Resources in the OxTALENT 2015 competition.
Through developing educational materials for the TES Resources repository, you can contribute to the University’s strategic priorities for outreach and widening participation. The materials can be aimed at any stage of the National Curriculum, from early years right up to A Level. There is also an important role for content which is pitched at a slightly higher level to stretch more able students and give them a taste of university studies. We encourage contributors to make their materials available as open educational resources (under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA licence). Data associated with the Oxford resources published in the repository are stored securely.
If you have produced educational materials that you would like to contribute to TES Resources, please contact Academic IT Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to give you guidance.