Research into practice: evaluation of Skills Hub content and implications for library staff development in the creation of video OERs

Jonas House, Georgina Dimmock


The University of Northampton Skills Hub is an online open-access repository of academic skills resources whose primary content is a body of short video open educational resources (OERs) created in-house by staff. To ensure OER quality and to identify staff development needs, the Skills Hub: Review, Redesign, Rebuild project was conducted. The project assessed the quality of fifty of the Skills Hub’s video OERs by inviting fifteen reviewers from different user groups to critically assess the resources. The results were analysed thematically and then considered in relation to the extant literature on the creation of multimedia educational resources and online OERs. Four main practical categories required attention in the creation of future video OERs: technical, presentation, structural and content. These four categories fed into four superordinate categories regarding cognition and reception of OERs: comprehension, concentration, information retention and professionalism. Practitioner recommendations are made for video OER producers, and the findings are situated in relation the principles of multimedia learning theory.


OERs; Skills hub; video; staff development; library; academic skills; multimedia learning; educational psychology

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