The learning resources kitchen
The home delivery process of 50,410 learning resources for the students who requested them is in full swing. But delivery of the learning resources to the students' homes – which happens simultaneously with access to the digital version – is just the tip of the iceberg in the learning resource design, preparation and production process, a complex, meticulously executed piece of teamwork involving the UOC's teaching staff, the eLearn Center, and Library and Learning Resources.
In the learning resources kitchen, these teams of professionals support the faculty in choosing and producing the most suitable learning resources to help students successfully assimilate each course's contents. In the latest survey, the students rated the learning resources very highly, with an aggregate score of 7.6 out of 10.
The learning resource is one of the main pillars supporting the UOC's teaching model, and consists either of manuals published by the UOC or external resources.
The former are created "ad hoc" for each course and are known as UOC learning resources. Currently, there are 20,666 resources for all the qualifications offered at the UOC. Their preparation is entrusted to an expert in the subject and they are published in a range of formats (audiobook, videobook, ePub, etc.) so that the student can choose the format that best meets his or her needs. Each year, 650 new resources are produced and the UOC's learning resources enables students to have constant access to the most up-to-date digital version of their learning resources in their personal space.
These learning resources are supplemented with an extensive bibliography, scientific and professionally-focused articles, films and podcasts, online software and wiki platforms, and all manner of information sources and resources that the UOC subscribes to by request by the various courses. Every 24 hours, the UOC community downloads 1,650 full-text articles, of which 860 are e-books.
In parallel with the eLearn Center's methodological guidelines, the staff at Library and Learning Resources assist in the learning resource selection and production process. They contribute their expertise to a qualitative selection, optimizing use of the Library's information sources, managing acquisition of, and access to, new, tailored resources offered by the market, guaranteeing economic sustainability, and ensuring ethical use of the information.
The learning resource creation process is closed when the various learning materials become available to the UOC's students in their digital version in the classrooms and in their personal Materials and learning resources section; and with the home deliveries at the beginning of each semester.