Master's degrees and UOC-certified postgraduate programmes: Your online learning resources are now available

Subject:  Multidisciplinary
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With the semester starting on 17 October, we have all the online learning resources needed for your courses ready for you.

You can now find your learning resources, in the various languages and formats, in your Personal area.

We aim to offer as many digital learning resources as possible as they can adapt better to your needs. However, there may be some courses that still use analogue resources. If this is the case, you should receive them before the semester starts.

If you have added the My learning resources module to your home page, you'll have them all just a click away. This module will be minimized at the start of the semester; simply expand it to get to the resources.

  • Once you have access to each of the classrooms for your courses, you will also be able to find your learning resources there.
  • If you need to download any of your learning resources, you needn't do all of them at once; you can download them bit by bit over the semester.
  • Also, whenever you need them you can find the most up-to-date versions of all materials created by the UOC for all the courses you have ever enrolled on, in Personal area / My learning resources.

Learning resources online

Our learning resources, which are specially designed or chosen for each course, include text-based, web-based and multimedia contents, articles, books, manuals, software, case studies and databases.

Most of the 17,939 digital resources we offer can be found in a number of different formats and languages, and they can be accessed on PCs, tablets or phones.

The most common formats are:

  • HTML5 web, a format that lets students make notes and comments and underline things, so they can have their own personal digital revision material. Around 70% of the texts we provide are in this format. Find out more about this format in this link.
  • Pdf, a format that shows the text in identical fashion regardless of the software, hardware or operating system used.
  • ePub, the standard format for ebook readers. You can view it on an iPhone using the Stanza app.
  • Mobipocket, a text format that works on portable devices, ebooks and PCs.
  • Audiobooks, providing text spoken aloud by the software. They come in two formats: MP3 audio files that can be listened to on any device or zip files with a version in the DAISY format that ensures people with sight impairments can use them.
  • Videobook, providing short videos in MP4 format can be played on an iPhone or any computer. They blend phrases spoken by text-to-speech tools alongside the text itself.

How will learning resources look in the future? Our Niu format

The UOC is gradually digitizing all its learning resources so as to be ready to face the future challenges for e-learning.

The aim is to ensure that almost all of the learning resources used in the UOC's courses in 2020 are digital and that analogue resources should only be required in a handful of cases where there is no other option.

This commitment to digitizing the learning resources is closely linked to the gradual roll-out of learning resources in the Niu format. In the semester now starting, the first semester of the 2018/2019 academic year, 240 courses will use this new format.

Niu has been designed with learning resources for the new PLA (Performance Learning Activity) model in mind. It is a model that focuses on challenges relating to the professional context of the programme and the competencies that are to be acquired.

Each activity is based around finding a solution to a challenge and includes a selection of the most suitable resources for the task in hand.

The idea behind this is to learn in an environment closely related to a real professional context, and to provide the best learning resources in relation to the competencies being targeted.

If you haven't yet done a course with Niu format learning resources, this video will show you what they're like:

UOC: the experience of studying online