Finding and Evaluating Open Educational Resources (OERs)

The Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) at King’s are running a CPD workshop entitled Finding and Evaluating Open Educational Resources (OERs) on Tuesday 5 November at 1500 – 1700.


The workshop aims to provide an overview of and issues of developing OERs from scratch, as well as converting/repurposing existing learning materials.

A large part of the workshop will be hands-on activities with laptops/tablets to explore Jorum (an online repository) and other similar repositories to find OERs in your own subject area and to evaluate these with a set of criteria.

If you are a King’s teaching practitioners, librarian or learning technologist and have an interest in these area and want to find out more please register your place at the workshop via Skills Forge

Information on all of the workshops being run by CTEL this academic year can be found on their web page.

Whats new in KEATS?


Starting on Monday the 8th July KEATS will be upgraded to the latest version. The upgrade will help improve the stability of the system and fix known issues within the software.

As well as improved system performance, there are a number of new features available, such as an improved user interface for tutors and students, and an improved drag and drop file upload functionality.

Improved user interface

The most noticeable change is that the KEATS icons have been improved, not only for the resources and activities, but also for the editing options.

New icon sets

A new icon has been included to help speed editing up for tutors is the Edit title icon. This icon allows tutors to edit the name of any resource or activity directly on the course page.

New edit titles feature

The activity chooser pleases the two separate menus for resources and activities; you can now simply click on the link + Add an activity or resource in the appropriate topic area.New add activity block

Drag and Drop File Upload

Another welcomed change is the ability to drag files from your desktop straight over to KEATS. This functionality works for both teachers adding resources to a KEATS course and students submitting course work.

Drag and drop file picker



Manuscripts Online: access written material from 1000 to 1500

Launched today, Manuscripts Online, funded by JISC, brings to life early printed primary sources of medieval Britain, giving online access to written materials from 1000 to 1500. Manuscripts Online is also a crowd sourcing tool, encouraging users to attach comments about the manuscripts they view to an online map.

This freely available literary resource is the first of this kind. Michael Pidd, project lead and digital manager at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield says: “The crowd sourcing aspect of Manuscripts Online gives people an opportunity to share their understanding of the manuscripts so that they can learn from one another. It allows collaboration in a way that hasn’t been possible in the past and we hope it will build up a central geographical view of people’s interpretation of the information which can be used by others in the future.”  Continue reading

Language & Communication Skills courses

The Modern Language Centre
The Modern Language Centre (MLC) is pleased to launch its Language & Communication Skills courses (LCS) on KEATS providing quality language resources for self-access in French, German, Italian and Spanish. The resources are dedicated to the needs of students, staff and the research community at King’s. Continue reading

Trial access to new e-resources

This month we have temporary access to a host of exciting full text e-resources. Most are available throughout November and can be accessed on or off campus via our databases link ( Details for each resource are below:

  1. British and Irish Women’s Diaries: Offers the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 90,000 pages of diaries and letters -Accessible until 30th November
  2. British Literary Manuscripts Online: Facsimile images of literary manuscripts, including letters and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, and other literary works -Accessible until 30th November  Continue reading