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QUT is committed to the creation and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of society. This includes supporting the use and sharing of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to widen access to education, and to improve both the cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning outcomes.
QUT encourages the adoption, adaptation, and creation of high quality OERs where they contribute to quality learner experiences and success, and where QUT's reputation and priorities are promoted, including aspiration and inclusion.
The purpose of this policy is to provide clear direction to the University’s staff and students with relation to the adoption, adaptation, or creation of OERs.
This policy applies to all QUT staff (whether academic or professional), visitors and any person enrolled as a student of QUT, or in a course or program of study conducted by or on behalf of QUT, who are engaged in QUT related activities involving:
- the adoption and adaptation of externally sourced Open Educational Resources to develop learning and teaching materials for QUT; or
- the creation of education resources where QUT owns the intellectual property.
This policy does not apply to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) produced by QUT.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
University Copyright Officer
|QUT staff adopting external Open Educational Resources||
|QUT staff seeking to adapt and create Open Educational Resources||
|Heads of school (or equivalent)||
Ownership of intellectual property produced by QUT staff, students and visitors is outlined in the Intellectual property policy (D/3.1). Where QUT owns the copyright in educational resources, the moral rights of the creator must be appropriately acknowledged when releasing materials under an open licence. Where the intellectual property in educational resources is personally owned by students or visitors, they may grant the licence themselves to release content under an open licence.
Open licensing may not be appropriate where education materials are to be commercialised, contain confidential information, or where releasing the material would infringe a legal commitment by the University and/or author.
QUT supports the use of Creative Commons licensing when making QUT learning and teaching materials available as Open Educational Resources.
Educational resources approved for publication, together with relevant licence information, are to be made available from an appropriate repository with a copy held on QUT systems.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials which are licensed in ways that provide permissions for individuals and institutions to reuse, adapt and modify the materials for their own use (as per the OER Foundation definition). Open Educational Resources may include all materials that are used in supporting learning and teaching, such as entire courses, units or components such as study guides, videos, podcasts, assessment items, software, simulations, or online tools.
MOPP D/3.1 Intellectual property
MOPP F/1.11 Acceptable use of information and communications technology resources
MOPP F/5.1 Copyright
MOPP F/6.1 Records governance
Guidelines for QUT Open Educational Resources (QUT staff access only)
Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)