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As well as curating your own content, you will be using a variety of other resources to build the student learning experience. It is really important to consider these resources carefully - and make sure they are available digitally - in order to provide the best learning experience for our distance learners. 

Below is a summary of the main resource types. For further detail refer to the handbook Developing Online Courses for Distance Learners.

Please remember that although material available via the internet may be open to access or free to download, this does not necessarily mean it is copyright-free or in the “public domain”. There are differences in international copyright law and material which may be in the public domain in one country, could still be in copyright in the UK. It is not usually a copyright infringement to link to a website.

Audio Presentations

Each unit or teaching week will include a presentation with audio, or several shorter presentations, which can often be easier for the students to work through.

Slide design
Your Academic Instructional Designer will develop interactive online presentations using Articulate Storyline (further details below) from slides and audio provided. Therefore, in terms of slide design, a plain layout containing slide title and the body text is preferred.  

If you use any images in any of your presentations, unless you confirm permission has been obtained from the copyright holder, your Academic Instructional Designer will assume there is no clearance. They will obtain a copyright-cleared picture with a similar look and feel to replace it.

Recording audio to slides on a screen can feel like an unnatural process! Try to talk as if the students are in front of you, as in a seminar or lecture. If you are new to recording audio we have produced guidance on how to record audio for your modules.

Interactive resources and Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline is a piece of software that can be used to create interactive presentations and learning resources. 

After receiving your audio presentation Academic Instructional Designers will create interactive audio-visual presentations that to create an added layer of engagement particularly useful for those studying at a distance. The Academic Instructional Designers also use Articulate Storyline to create interactive learning objects and activities. 

You can see examples of interactive presentations in the Unit Content examples within the Exemplar module, and a learning object in Unit Content, Example 6, "Learning Styles Tutorial". Our Develop a Distance Learning Course page tells you how to access this module. 

Access to Articulate Storyline
If you wish to have regular access to Articulate Storyline, you will need to purchase a licence (via IT procurement). If you are creating a short project, or distance learning materials speak to your Learning Technologist or Academic Instructional Designer for help and advice.

Module reading

Your module will already have a recommended bibliography for students, but it is also good practice to assign specific chapters or articles to a topic as Core (essential) Reading, and then to provide specific titles for Optional (recommended) Reading. This helps students to prioritise their reading. 

In selecting the texts for your module it is important to make sure that they are available electronically so your students can access them. Access to online resources is usually via a subscription and restricted by licensing, therefore check with your academic librarian to see whether the text or journal are available electronically, and if not whether the Library can purchase access.
The terms of a licence may prevent students who are based overseas from having access to the same electronic resources which Leeds Beckett UK-based students can access. Check licensing terms to ensure overseas distance learners are covered as Authorised Users or that licensing is not restricted to the UK. Contact the Library or the Copyright Clearance Service.

Digitised readings
Scanned/digitised copies of book chapters and journal articles may be made available under the terms of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Licence. All such items must be requested via the Digitisation Service in order to be licensed, as each digitised reading requires the addition of a copyright notice and must be reported to the CLA. Tutors uploading their own digitised copies will be in breach of the Licence. Contact digitisation@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 

Resource Lists
You can use the University’s electronic Resource List to direct students to library resources relevant for your module from a list embedded within the module. The system provides links for students either directly to an electronic resources, or to the catalogue record for print resources. Reading lists set up in the Resource list system can be sent to students waiting to enroll who want to have a reading list. For further information on using the resources, please contact your Academic Librarian.

Audio-visual media

External Media
Media such as Box of Broadcast recordings, Ted Talks or YouTube videos can be embedded into your module. 

Unless we have produced a video ourselves, any purchased films, TV programmes, sound recordings or other audio-visual materials cannot be copied or made available for online access without the prior permission of the rights holders (who may charge a fee). To negotiate licensing or permission, please contact the Copyright Clearance Service.

Leeds Beckett has the following services available for media:

In-house videos
The Distance Learning Unit are able to film video material for use in your module, for example a welcome from the course/module leader, a guest speaker lecture or filming on location. Contact the Distance Learning Unit to find out more about the options available.

As a course or module leader you may wish to record a video of yourself as a welcome to the students, or to explain a particular theme or topic. These can be added to your module, and are popular with students as they allow them to "meet" you. The Distance Learning Unit have produced guidance for creating self-recorded videos.

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