Learning pathway for UOC faculty in the use of learning resources

1. What are learning resources in the context of the UOC?


Learning resources are contents and tools for use solely by students. They are multimedia, multi-format digital resources created by the UOC, subscribed to by the UOC or whose rights of use have been negotiated and they are used to develop the course's learning activities. 

They may be new (created ad-hoc) or existing resources, which can be reused. Thus, learning resources can be a case study, a website, an article, software, an audiovisual production, a book, a widget, etc.

The coordinating professor chooses the learning resources that are necessary for attaining the specified skills and completing the proposed activities, with support from specialized reference librarians at the UOC Library.

2. Access to the UOC's learning resources


The learning resources chosen for each course are accessed via the corresponding classroom(s) in the Virtual Campus, as they are mainly multimedia and multi-format electronic resources.

Learning resources are only sent to students’ homes when there are no quality alternatives in electronic formats.

Aiming to further digitize learning resources, the University's 2017-2020 Strategic Plan (actions for transformation in and a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching) has given rise to a Learning Resources Delivery Rationalization Plan 2017-2020, to slim down on the production and dispatch of hard-copy materials. This plan was approved by the Programme Committee on 16 June 2017 and endorsed in the June 2017 meetings of the Academic Committee and Management Committee.



3. Learning resources created in-house (UOC resources)

These are learning resources that must be created from scratch and, therefore, may require commissioning new material, which may have a text, audiovisual or any other type of format. These learning resources are called “in-house” or “UOC resources”.

4. "External" learning resources

These are learning resources that have already been created and are owned by third parties. They may be open access or, in some cases, they may require negotiating copyright or even prior subscription or purchase before they can be used in the classroom.


A. Resources that require or may require negotiating usage rights

Learning resources that are not owned by the UOC but belong to other publishers or authors, such as journal articles, book sections or chapters, legal texts, websites, study guides, manuals and software, etc., that may require negotiating copyright before they can be brought to the classroom and used for teaching purposes within the established legal framework.


B. Resources that require prior acquisition from third parties or a subscription 

Resources that require prior acquisition from third parties before they can be accessed from the classroom as a learning resource. These include, for example, books-manuals (digital or hard copy), widgets (computer components and boards, etc.), films (digital and/or DVD), software, etc.

C. Recommended reading

The recommended reading is the list of optional reference documents that professors recommend for their courses. All of the documents in the recommended reading are made available to students from the UOC Library's catalogue. Although it is considered one of the "external" learning resources, consulting these documents should never be considered compulsory in order to pass the course.

5. Searching for and selecting learning resources in the Library's digital collection

The UOC Library's digital collection is the main source of learning resources for the UOC's courses. Consequently, the resources and information sources it contains are purchased or subscribed to, taking very much into account their use or reuse in the context of the Campus's classrooms. 

The UOC Library's digital collection is the starting point for any search for learning resources for a course. Teachers will find a collection of self-training materials in the Library's How it works section, which will help you know which contents, sources and information resources are available to you and how you can use them to look for the resources you need, such as:


In any case, remember that you always have the learning resources search service, which is a service designed specifically for your teaching activity: be it to prepare teaching of a new subject, redesign an existing one, use them for a continuous assessment text or include them as classroom resources.


Contact your reference librarian:


Reference librarian

Arts and Humanities

Gerard Pagès

Information and Communication Sciences

Neus Malagarriga

Health Sciences

Àgueda Mercadal

Law and Political Science

Elisabet Cervera

Economics and Business

Albert Cervera

Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications

Lis Balcells

Psychology and Education Sciences

Àgueda Mercadal