Post co-authored by Mais Fatayer, Olivia Rajit, Andrew Francois and David Yeats.

We’re wrapping UTS Open Education Week 2023 with a focus on open educational practices and how we can support sharing across diverse faculties and teams at UTS. If you’ve never thought about sharing your own educational creations, read on to find out how you can get involved!

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What work are you most proud of? What resources got you through a tricky teaching challenge or engaged students in unexpected ways? Perhaps you created an ice-breaker activity that’s guaranteed to warm up a new class, or a video you made that students find really handy?

We would love your help in curating educational resources that can be replicated or modified by your colleagues at UTS. If you’re a lecturer, tutor, curriculum developer, learning designer or support learning and teaching, we want to hear from you! We are specifically looking for:

  • Canvas activities
  • Canvas assignments
  • Teaching guides in Canvas pages
  • Kaltura videos
  • Mentimeter activities
  • Interactive H5P modules

We’d particularly love anything reusable that can be already implemented through Canvas. Submit any idea or contribution, large or small, through this form and the LX.lab will follow up with you.

Why share educational materials?

Whatever you’re teaching this semester, you’re unlikely to be the first or the only one working through a similar subject, course or approach. So many of us create welcome materials, quizzes, interactive tasks, assignments and feedback processes – what if those resources could be easily found, shared, and adapted?

By tapping into peer-generated learning materials, we can create new opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing here at UTS. Here are some great reasons to get involved:

  1. Improve content accessibility and inclusive practices: Sharing educational resources makes it easier for academics to access a wide range of materials from different areas.  
  2. Improve quality of resources: When resources are shared and used by the wider UTS community, they are more likely to be reviewed, improved and updated, leading to a higher quality of resources for everyone.
  3. Contribute to UTS educational community: Sharing resources promotes collaboration and knowledge of effective practices among educators, building a stronger educational community.
  4. Save time and resources: Why re-invent the wheel when you can share the sizeable brains of your fellow educators? Save time and effort that would otherwise be spent creating and acquiring resources from scratch.

What UTS materials can you reuse, adapt and share?

Many have already started adopting open educational practices at UTS. You might have used one of the following:

To create lots more opportunities for you to share and reuse other academics’ resources, we need your participation to learn more about what’s out there across teams and faculties, hiding behind shy laptops and inside Canvas spaces. 

Submit your reusable education resources

Please be part of this sharing activity by submitting your reusable educational resources via our form – we can’t wait to hear from you!

You can also join us at Open Content: Places you can find UTS resources to reuse, adapt and share on Friday, March 10 to find out where you can search for UTS teaching materials in Canvas, Kaltura, Mentimeter and H5P. Learn more about how you can reuse these for your subject, how you can adapt and credit these resources and what you can do to share your own educational materials. More details will be shared in the session by David Yeats, Mais Fatayer and Andrew Francois (LX.Lab, IML).

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