Modernise your course

Jesper has many years of teaching experience but has grown tired of giving the same long lectures. He has recently decided to modernise his course in order to make the course material available to students even when they are not on campus.

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He wants to digitize parts of his learning material but feels uncertain and does not know where to start. He wonders if it is worth it to make his own digital material, when there is so much out there on the Internet. What about rules concerning copyright if he chooses to use material that was produced by someone else?

There is no easy answer about the right way to go when it comes to digital learning objects. Let us look at the advantages of producing your own material vs ”borrowing” it from another source.  

Find existing material

There is a lot of teaching material available that might fit your needs. But that means taking the time to watch films and do some research on what is out there to make sure that the content is relevant, correct and from a trustworthy source. There is the issue of checking who holds the copyright and then seeking permission to use the material. Is the material in a format that your system supports and will it still be there on the Internet when you need it? Thanks to Open Educational  Resourses (OER) it has become easier over the past few years to obtain educational material. The number of images and videos bearing a Creative Commons license has increased tremendously. 

Create your own material

If you choose to create your own material, it can take quite a bit of time, at least in the beginning. Material might need to be restructured to work in the digital format, for example, a lecture should be broken down into shorter segments that are not longer than 10 minutes. You might also need to learn how to use technological tools used to produce different media. However, once finished, digital learning objects can be used over and over again. The Educational Technologists can help you with software and equipment and can even offer the use of our audio and film studios in either Flemingsberg or Solna. Once created, you will need to decide how the material will be published and how it will be shared, i.e. with its own Creative Common license.

We think that it is a good idea to get students involved in the production of course material. Collaboration with colleagues can be another solution. Together the teachers at your department could eventually create your own Open Educational Resources that can be shared with others in your field.

Would you like to learn more about any of resources mentioned or need help from us to get started and produce your own material? You can call, send your questions through our support forum or book a personal coaching session.

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