Production of Educational Materials

Objectives and competences

The aim of this course is to explore with students open and digital pedagogical practices, tools and technologies in the context of development of effective open education materials that would fit learners' needs and requirements and create stimulating learning experiences.

Students will acquire the following competencies:

  • Criticality: Develop an understanding of basic pedagogical concepts relating to the creation of open educational materials.

-Creativity: Become familar with specific digital tools and technologies and explore their use for the creation of effective educational materials;

  • Design: Create effective open educational materials by using selected digital tools and technologies;

  • Problem solving: Select the most appropriate tools and digital technologies to address specific challenges of open learning.


Students should have the basic understanding of the concepts, stategies and didactical models of open education. They should be familiar with the basic tools and technologies that can be used in the process of creation learning experiences including learning resources, communication, collaborative work, assesment and analytics and should be prepared to work in interdisciplinary teams.


During the course students will be learning about the basics of the open education material development. During the sessions students will explore the theoretical background of methods being used in OE and OL, models, strategies, tools and approaches.

They will be exploring in detail tools and ap-proaches for creation of educational resources, collaborative work and learning, communica-tion, assessment and learning management.

They will explore in detail various tools to han-dle different modalities from texts, sound to videos, interactive materials and complete courses like Massive Open Online Courses and other open courses. Special attention will be given to tools and mechanisms to manage complete learning systems and provide person-alised learning experiences.

There will be emphasis on hands-on practice, so as to combine deep knowledge about essen-tial topics on the instructional design with de-veloping actual skills of using them. The follow-ing topics will be explored (use, creation):

1) Participatory practices
2) Multimedia social media technologies for collaboration
3) Blogs and websites
4) Visuals
5) Podcasting: Using/Recording
6) Video and Screen capture
7) Live web conferencing
8) Open data

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this course, students will:

Critically discuss the landscape of open education, digital pedagogical practices, technologies and tools in the context of production of educational materials

• Critically analyse and select the most appropriate digital technologies and tools for OE and OL for use in own professional context

• Use and critically reflect on the use of a range of digital pedagogies, technologies and tools to create quality open education materials


  • Kathryn E. Linder. The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide. Workbook, 2016
  • Oliver Broadbent, Ed McCann. Development of e-learning resources - A good practice guide. Royal Academy of Engineering 2016
  • Deakin Learning Futures Teaching Development Team. Using audio and video for educational purposes. 2014 E-version
  • Jason B. Ohler. Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning, and Creativity. Corwin Press, 2013 E-version
  • Opening up Slovenia. (2016). E-version
  • Orlič, D. (2008). Andragoška spoznanja, 14(3–4), 5–6. E-version


• Formative assessment: Interim presentation
• Summative assessment: Final presentation

100% Final
Presentation (Learning material created)

Lecturer's references

Chrissi Nerantzi works as an Associate Professor in Education in the School of Education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. She is a Lead of the Knowledge Equity Network initiative and the Academic Lead for Discover and Explore. Sche teaches on the MA in Digital Education. She is also a member of the Research Centre in Digital Education. She is an experienced facilitator who uses novel approaches, including play, making and storytelling, to foster interaction and engagement and regularly works internationally. Her research interests are around open education, creativity and innovation in learning and teaching and she has published widely in these areas. Her doctoral thesis is in the area of open cross-institutional academic development with a focus on cross-boundary collaborative learning in these settings (see Chrissi Nerantzi has founded a range of successful open staff development initiatives, co-created many Open Educational Resources and supported a range of open educational projects. The open Creativity for Learning in Higher Education (#creativeHE) community and the international #LTHEchat she co-founded are two such examples. Chrissi is also the mentor co-ordinator of the Open Education for a Better World Programme. With the open picture book team »Together« she won the OEGlobal Award for Open Innovation in 2021 and in 2022 her #creativeHE team won a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence by Advance HE and in 2023 was awarded the Open Education Champion Award by the National Teaching Repository.

Selected bibliography:

Dunbar-Morris, H., Nerantzi, C., Sharp, L. & Sidiropoulou, M. (2023) (In)dependent learning as explored in a cross-institutional collaborative project studying the perceptions of learning of ethnically diverse students. In: In: Fitzgerald, R., Huijser, H., Altena, S. & Armellini, A. (eds.) Addressing the ‘challenging’ elements of learning at a distance. Distance Education. Special Edition,

Bozkurt, A., Xiao, J., Lambert, S., Pazurek, A., Crompton, H., Koseoglu, S., Farrow, R., Bond, M., Nerantzi, C., Honeychurch, S., Bali, M., Dron, J., Mir, K., Stewart, B., Costello, E., Mason, J., Stracke, C. M., Romero-Hall, E., Koutropoulos, A., Toquero, C. M., Singh, L Tlili, A., Lee, K., Nichols, M., Ossiannilsson, E., Brown, M., Irvine, V., Raffaghelli, J. E., Santos-Hermosa, G Farrell, O., Adam, T., Thong, Y. L., Sani-Bozkurt, S., Sharma, R. C., Hrastinski, S., & Jandrić, P. (2023). Speculative Futures on ChatGPT and Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI): A collective reflection from the educational landscape. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 18(1), 53-130.

Nerantzi, C., Sidiropoulou, M. P., Dunbar-Morris, H., Sharp, L., Farrell-Savage, K., Heard-Lauréote, K., Speight, S., Nawaz, R. & Ali, M. (2023) There are other fish in the sea: Open-up and connect. In: Harrison, M., DeVries, I., Morgan, T. & Paskevicious, M. (eds.) (2023) Re-think learning design. Critical learning design and the untextbook.

Nerantzi, C. & Corti, P. (2023) The collaborative picture book format as an OER for socialisation, learning and assessment in higher education, in: Olivier, J. & Rambow, A. (eds.) (2023) Open Educational Resources in Higher Education: A Global Perspective. Future Education and Learning Spaces Series. Springer

Stracke, C. M., Sharma, R. C., Bozkurt, A., Burgos, D., Swiatek, C., Inamorato dos Santos, A., Mason, J., Ossiannilsson, E., Santos-Hermosa, G., Shon, J. G., Wan, M., Agbu, J.-F., Farrow, R., Karakaya, Ö., Nerantzi, C., Ramírez Montoya, M. S., Conole, G., Cox, G., & Truong, V. (2022). Impact of COVID-19 on formal education: An international review on practices and potentials of Open Education at a distance. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 23(4), 1-18.

Harkin, B., Yates, A., Wright, L. & Nerantzi, C. (2022) The Impact of Physical, Mental, Social and Emotional Dimensions of Digital Learning Spaces on Student’s Depth of Learning: The Quantification of an Extended Lefebvrian Model. In: International Journal of Management and Applied Research, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 50-73.

Nerantzi, C. & Atenas, J. (2022) A Healthy Assessment as Learning Diet: Bite-size, authentic and with an extended life span, in: Recipes for Success (Meaningful Assessment), Teaching Insights, Issue 2. Available at

Nerantzi, C. (2022) Towards defining uncreative teaching as an act of normalised open educational practice and the ethical sharing of pedagogical ideas. A provocation. In: International Journal of Open Schooling (IJOS), January 2022, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 53-68.

Stracke, C.M.; Burgos, D.; Santos-Hermosa, G.; Bozkurt, A.; Sharma, R.C.; Cassafieres, C.S.; dos Santos, A.I.; Mason, J.; Ossiannilsson, E.; Shon, J.G. J. G., Wan, M., Agbu, J.-F., Farrow, R., Karakaya, Ö., Nerantzi, C., Ramírez Montoya, M. S., Conole, G., Cox, G., & Truong, V. (2022) Responding to the Initial Challenge of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Analysis of International Responses and Impact in School and Higher Education. Sustainability 2022, 14, 1876.

Nerantzi, C. & Atenas, J. (2021) Workshopping creatively online. In: Tasler, N., O’Brien, R, E. & Spiers, A. (eds.) (2021) Being creative in the face of adversity. The #creativeHE Annual 2021. Creativity for Learning in Higher Education Community, #creativeHE, DOI: pp. 12-16.

Nerantzi, C. (2021) Gems, buds and slippers or what a series of visualisation tells us about the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education tweetchat (#LTHEchat). In: Open Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (oSOTL), Vol. 1(1), pp. 22-34, ISSN 2752-4116, available at

Nerantzi, C., Chatzidamianos, G., Stathopoulou, H. & Karaouza, E. (2021) Human Relationships in Higher Education: The Power of Collaboration, Creativity and Openness. In: Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2021(1), p. 26. DOI:

Stracke, C. M., Sharma, R. C., Swiatek, C., Burgos, D., Bozkurt, A., Karakaya, Ö., Ossiannilsson, E., Mason, J., Nerantzi, C., Agbu, J.-F., Ramírez Montoya, M. S., Shon, J. G., Inamorato dos Santos, A., Farrow, R., Wan, M., Santos-Hermosa, G., & Conole, G. (2021). How COVID-19 has an impact on formal education: A collective international evaluation of open education in distance learning. In Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), Virtual, Spain, pp. 4270-4275. [Open Access]

Stracke, C. M., Bozkurt, A., Conole, G., Nascimbeni, F., Ossiannilsson, E., Sharma, R. C., Burgos, D., Cangialosi, K., Cox, G., Mason, J., Nerantzi, C., Agbu, J.-F., Ramírez Montoya, M. S., Santos-Hermosa, G., Sgouropoulou, C., & Shon, J. G. (2020). Open Education and Open Science for our Global Society during and after the COVID-19 Outbreak. In Proceedings of the Open Education Global Conference 2020 (s.p., 4 p.). [Open Access]

Stracke, C. M., Bozkurt, A., Burgos, D., Mason, J., Ossiannilsson, E., Sharma, R. C., Wan, M., Agbu, J.-F., Cangialosi, K., Conole, G., Cox, G., Nascimbeni, F., Nerantzi, C., Ramírez Montoya, M. S., Sgouropoulou, C., Shon, J. G., Boulet, P., Inamorato dos Santos, A., Downes, S., Farrow, R., Proudman, V., Varoglu, Z., Weller, M., Xiao, J., Santos-Hermosa, G., Karakaya, Ö., Truong, V., & Swiatek, C. (2021, September 27 – October, 1). Global study on Open Education and Open Science: Practices, use cases and potentials during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Open Education Global Conference 2021 (OE Global 2021, online). Université de Nantes, France. [Open Access]

Costelloe, L., Nerantzi, C., O’Brien, E. , O’Sullivan, Í. and Reale, J. (2020) Development of a Shared Vision for Flexible Inter-Institutional Professional Development using the OOFAT Model, in: Buckley, C. and Nerantzi, C. (eds.) (2020) Exploring visual representation of concepts in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Special Issue, International Journal of Management and Applied Research, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 240-256,

Nerantzi, C. (2019) Uncovering and discovering creative practices that foster student and staff engagement. in: Elkington, S., Westwood, D. and Nerantzi, C. (eds.) (2019) Creativity in Student Engagement, Special Issue of the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, pp. 261-264, available at

Nerantzi, C. (2019) The role of crossing boundaries in collaborative open learning in cross-institutional academic development, In: Research in Learning Technology, Vol. 27, DOI:

Nerantzi, C. (2018) The design of an empirical cross-boundary collaborative open learning framework for cross-institutional academic development, In: Open Praxis, Vol. 10, No. 4, October-December 2018, pp. 325-342, DOI:

Nerantzi, C. & Thomas B. E. (2019) What and who really drives pedagogic innovation? In: Elkington, S., Westwood, D. and Nerantzi, C. (eds.) (2019) Creativity in Student Engagement, Special Issue of the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, pp. 234-260, available at

Nerantzi, C. & Gossman, P. (2018) Cross-boundary communities, an alternative vision for academic development, In: Compass Journal, London: University of Greenwich, Volume 11, No. 2. DOI: