Publishing educational materials in the repository
The (open) sharing of educational material is becoming increasingly important. Utrecht University Library helps lecturers with this by offering a repository for educational materials.
How does it work?
Utrecht University uses figshare as a platform on which lecturers can store and share educational materials that are created at the university. You have control over the way you share materials with others. It is possible to publish educational materials openly so that they are accessible to everyone by using a persistent identifier and the application of a Creative Commons license. It is also possible to share materials via a (temporary) privatelink.
When compiling educational material, you must take into account other people's copyright. If you want to share educational materials outside the university, you need to keep additional points of attention in mind. For example, you cannot fall back on the Easy Access Agreement. In addition, you have to make choices regarding your own copyright. The Copyright Information Office can provide more information.
Are you using the educational repository for the first time? Please contact the university library.
Why share educational materials?
Within Utrecht University, teachers work tirelessly to develop new digital course materials. Be it in ‘traditional’ forms like presentations and syllabi or in the shape of more ‘innovative’ e-modules: the amount of digital learning materials is growing. Some materials, like e-lectures, are stored centrally. Other materials are being stored on hard drives and USB thumb drives. It saves a lot of time if materials are stored centrally and are well described. Learning materials are often reusable. The quality of education will improve if teachers use tools that are already available. Exchange of information beyond the boundaries of the degree programme, faculty, and university will enable new collaboration opportunities.