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Teaching, learning and research resources

What you need to consider when delivering resources online and to students overseas. Covers Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources (OER).

What to consider when delivering resources online

To deliver your course online you will need to consider copyright and check how students will access the learning resources.

Copyright

Copyright law in Australia means that you need to consider how you share resources with students. Copyright applies to:

  • many licensed online journals and databases subscribed to by the Library. These resources do not permit:
    • inclusion of print-outs in hardcopy course readers
    • downloading and making available through Learn.UQ (Blackboard)
    • downloading and sending to students by email.
  • DVDs and other physical audio-visual resources held by the Library. These cannot be copied and made available online.
  • many YouTube or other online videos. These cannot be downloaded and uploaded to courses.

Linking to resources in your courses explains how to provide non-UQ copyright materials to your students via Learn.UQ (Blackboard).

Students overseas

If you are delivering resources to students overseas check whether they are able to access learning resources in the same way they would if they were in Australia.

China

Students can submit the accessing resources from overseas form if they are having trouble accessing learning resources they need for their course from overseas. The Library will try to assist them to access the resource.

Adapting your teaching approach

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Guidance on remote teaching and academic continuity provides recommendations for academic staff on how to adapt your teaching approach for students who are unable to attend on-campus classes. A UQ login is required to access this resource.

What if my learning resources are not available?

Consider using Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are teaching and learning materials that are freely available for everyone to use whether you are a teacher, student or self-learner (e.g. OpenStax College, Open Textbook Library, etc.) One of the advantages is that you may be able to share OERs with students via Learn.UQ (Blackboard) or email if they have appropriate Creative Commons (CC) licences.

OERs include:

Our OER guide also includes a checklist on how to evaluate open educational resources.

OER resources have different CC licences. It is important to check what type of licence applies to the OER to determine if it is suitable to use in your courses. The next box explains what CC licences are suitable.

Using OER resources

OERs can be moved into Learn.UQ (BlackBoard) or shared via email if they are published under one of the following licences:

Licence Description What this means
CC BY  Allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as they credit the creator of the original. You can copy the content into your courses and modify the content. You must always provide credit to the original author. Permits commercial use.

CC BY-SA

Allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon a work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the original creator and license their new creations under the identical terms. You can copy the content into your courses and modify the content. If the modified content you create is shared, the original creator must be credited and the content shared under the same licence. Permits commercial use.

CC BY-NC

 

Allows others to remix, adapt, and build upon a work non-commercially, and although the new works must also acknowledge the original creator and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license the derivative works on the same terms. You can copy the content into your courses and modify the content. If the modified content you create is shared, the original creator must be credited but the modified content does not have to be shared under the same licence.You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

CC BY-ND

The work should be used “as is”. No modified versions, abridgments, annotated versions, excerpts and figures are allowed to be created. Works must also acknowledge the original creator.

You can copy the content into your courses in full without modification. You must provide credit to the original author. Permits commercial use.

While you can share OERs, with the licences outlined in the table, via Learn.UQ (Blackboard) or via email, you must ensure you are providing attribution and adhere to the licence use conditions (limitations). 

There are other CC licences available. Not all are suitable for including content in your Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course.

Available Library resources

Library Search has many online resources available, including books, journal articles and video. How to share links to the full text.

Your students can make document delivery requests for journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and more if they are not available online via Library Search or Open Access. To help with processing, we recommend that they include:

  • the ISSN for any journal article requests
  • a note to indicate that they are currently in China

Print books

Contact your liaison librarian. To support online delivery of course content into China, your librarian can check if:

  • there are any Open Access or shareable versions available
  • an ebook version is available
  • we can purchase additional licenses for ebooks.

Access to resources for HDR and Masters by Research students

HDR and Masters by Research students can access resources via Library Search and databases like Web of Science or Scopus

Where a publication is not otherwise accessible, check if:

  1. It is published Open Access (OA)
  2. Check if it is Creative Commons. See the Using OER resources section to see which CC licences are suitable.

Provided that the article is published OA and taking into account the CC licence conditions, the work could be downloaded and emailed to students.

In all other cases please contact scholarlypublishing@library.uq.edu.au.

Help with copyright

For copyright-related questions please contact: