The teams in Academic IT services support academic colleagues, colleges, units and researchers to publish educational media (podcasts, video, ebooks etc) under an appropriate Creative Commons Licence.
We offer University staff and students training in copyright licensing and how to prepare materials for open publication. We provide advice on using appropriate platforms for dissemination. Support is given for podcasting, multimedia capture and display of material.
The University encourages members of the university to use, create and publish OERs to enhance the quality of the student experience, provided that resources used are fit-for purpose and relevant. We provide information on new technologies through the creation of articles and guides which are published on our website and blogs to provide a source of reference for users.
2.3 Academic IT services support members of the university to publish their materials online in appropriate platforms e.g ItunesU , websites, online collections and WebLearn. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are digitised teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released by the copyright owner under an intellectual property licence (e.g. Creative Commons) that permits their use or re-purposing (re-use, revision, remixing, redistribution) by others.
2.4 Academic IT Services colleagues will represent Oxford University on relevant national and international bodies concerning OER where appropriate and will recommend to staff any conferences that may be of interest.
2.11 We are happy to give individual advice and support on use of OER. Academic IT Services does not have the staff resources regularly to attend academic colleagues in their own colleges or departments however such visits to can be arranged on a case-by-case basis where necessary.
2.12 Academic IT Services colleagues provide a central source of information about OER and provide regular email bulletins to subscribers to disseminate good practice from relevant case studies when appropriate.
2.15 Academic IT Services colleagues attend relevant seminars so that members of the University are aware of the services available from IT Services and of strategic open educational issues in the collegiate University.
3.4 The sign off for permission to publish must be secured before it is published by IT services. Responsibility for gaining sign off lies with the OER producer. Sign off for OERs is ultimately a decision for the Head of Unit , Head of Department or Head of Service as appropriate.
3.6 When creating and releasing a digital object under an OER licence members of the University must check that all material can be released under the chosen licence and that it does not inadvertently contain material that is subject to copyright by third-parties.
3.7 Usually authors wish to formally assert a "moral" right to be properly acknowledged as the author. The University believes this is good practice as it gives proper recognition for work undertaken. The right must be positively asserted. To ensure proper attribution, a good form of wording would be:"The right of [name of author] to be identified as author of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988".
4.3 Colleagues are encouraged to collect data on usage of their OERs by students and external users for quality assurance, impact and outreach. Academic IT services are able to provide some of this information to content authors on request.