1. Can I edit or delete my resource?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to edit or delete your resources yourself. If you need to make changes or deletions, you will need to contact support@jorum.ac.uk.


2. Do I need to log in to use Jorum?

You do not need to log in to find and view resources in Jorum, as all Jorum resources are deposited under a Creative Commons (CC) licence, and are therefore “open access”.


3. What resources can I share with Jorum?

Jorum accepts a wide range of learning and teaching resources from any subject area in UK Further and Higher Education. You can deposit a variety of resources, ranging from simple files and links to external resources, to more complex learning objects, including content packages and open courseware.

The following list provides some examples of the resource types accepted for deposit in Jorum:

  • documents
  • presentations
  • images
  • audio files
  • video and film
  • weblinks
  • links to resources held elsewhere
  • content packages
  • courseware

The Jorum Collection Development Policy provides further information.


4. Can I share links instead of files with Jorum?

Jorum offers the option of depositing both links to external resources, and also the resources themselves, into the Jorum repository.

Sharing a web link to your resources in Jorum can enhance the dissemination and discoverability of your resources, and enable you to update your resources without having to edit them in Jorum; you can also point to and highlight others resources that you have found on the web, provided their licensing permits this.


5. What are Creative Commons licences?

Creative Commons (CC) licences permit varying degrees of copying and reuse of content, and can be used to license resources known as Open Educational Resources (OERs). Anyone can download, reuse and repurpose OER within the terms and conditions of use in the resources CC licence.

Related items:

Embedding creative commons licences into digital resources (SCA briefing paper)


6. What licences does Jorum currently use?

Since August 2011, all resources shared with Jorum are offered with a Creative Commons (CC) licence only.

Previous to then, resources may have been deposited with more restrictive licences, such as Jorum EducationUK or Institutional licences. If you want more information about what these licenses comprised of please contact us.


7. Who can share resources with Jorum?

Teachers, lecturers, librarians, learning technologists and other support staff from UK Further and Higher Education Institutions can share their learning and teaching resources. Students are not excluded from sharing resources with Jorum but are not, at present, a target audience.

If you have resources that you wish to share via Jorum, but are not a member of a UK Further or Higher Education institution or are not part of the UK Access Management Federation, contact the Jorum Support team:support@jorum.ac.uk to request a Trusted Depositor account.


8. What statistics are available from Jorum?

Jorum currently provides statistics on the number of times a resource is viewed, as a default. Upon request to support@jorum.ac.uk, Jorum can also provide statistics on the number of page views and the number of times a resource is downloaded; please allow at least 2 weeks for us to generate these results.

Please provide us with the following information when making a request:

  • the specific web address/URL (e.g http://find.jorum.ac.uk/resources/nnnnn) of each of the resources you require statistics on;
    • OR: the account name from which the resources were uploaded.


9. What restrictions are there on file sizes or file types?

Jorum is flexible in the size of files that can be deposited. However, for larger files (greater than 20 MB), the Jorum team will work in consultation with the depositor of that material, for example someone who wishes to deposit large video files. Please contact the Jorum Support team so that we can discuss your needs: support@jorum.ac.uk


10. What can I find in Jorum?

Jorum hosts a wide range of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in various formats, ranging from single file assets, (documents, diagrams, animations, pictures) to more complex, interactive objects (content packages, videos, lesson plans). These may be from almost any subject area, with a focus on content and skills in Higher and Further Education.

The purpose of Jorum is to be a repository of resources that will enhance the productivity and effectiveness of learning and teaching, within any teaching environment – all contributed and created by teaching and support staff from UK Further and Higher Education institutions.


11. Can I share resources with Jorum if I am not from an FE or HE institution?

If you have resources that you wish to share via Jorum, but are not a member of a UK Further and Higher Education Institution, then you may be able to get a Trusted Depositor account. See the FAQ: How do I get a Trusted Depositor account? to find out more.


12. How do I find out when new resources are added to Jorum?

You can set up an RSS feed to be alerted when a new resource is added to a particular subject area. The main advantage is that you don’t have to keep logging into Jorum to find out if there is something new you might be interested in.

For more information, take a look at our How do I set up RSS feeds for alert notifications? guide.


13. What are the benefits of sharing my resources with Jorum?

Jorum is the UK’s national repository for Open Educational Resources (OERs). It provides free, secure access to thousands of resources which have been created and shared by the UK Further and Higher Education community.

Some of the benefits of sharing with Jorum include:

  • Jorum provides a trusted source of designated learning and teaching resources that are suitable for use in any post-16 educational environment, all from one place.
  • Jorum acts as a showcase for UK learning and teaching resources, and can play an important role in publicising and increasing the visibility of resources, and enabling them to be found.
  • Attaching information to describe your resource (metadata) is straightforward, and helps you to expose your resources to Google.
  • Jorum offers the security of being hosted and maintained by a national repository service, and remove the need for an individual or institution to host and store the resources themselves. Jorum is hosted and developed by Mimas, based at the University of Manchester, and aims to provide continuity of access to the learning and teaching resources which it contains.
  • By depositing resources in Jorum, this national collection is enriched and expanded, making it more attractive to other users.


14. What can I do with a resource I wish to use?

Once you have selected a resource for use, you will see that it has a Creative Commons (CC) licence attached to it. This licence will advise how you can use that resource. All of the resources found in Jorum are free to use in any educational environment worldwide.

Anyone can search for and download resources from Jorum, providing you respect the terms and conditions of use as specified in the resource’s CC licence, and Jorum’s Terms of Service.

Using resources from Jorum can help you save time in lesson planning, or perhaps provide ideas and inspiration to refresh your own resources, by drawing on Open Educational Resources (OERs) shared by colleagues across the UK.

We have a number of examples of how others have benefitted from using learning and teaching resources found in Jorum in our User Stories section.

Related items:

Jisc RePRODUCE Programme

UKOER Programme Synthesis and Evaluation Report


15. Why should I share resources?

A wide range of people share their resources with Jorum, including academics, tutors, learning technologists, librarians, trainers and many more. You can read their User Stories to find out how and why they use Jorum.

Sharing your learning and teaching resources can bring many advantages. Your resources can benefit others who teach and learn, and allow them to learn from your expertise. Sharing your resources can also act as a showcase for you and your institution.

The Open Educational Resources infoKit provides further information and definitions of OER, and presents further benefits to sharing for a range of groups (learners, teachers and institutions) and stakeholders. The UKOER Programme Synthesis and Evaluation Report also explores issues around sharing OER.

If you do decide to share your learning and teaching resources, it’s worth considering how to license your resources in such a way that they can be repurposed, not just reused, by others.


16. Why do I need to attach a licence to my resource?

All learning and teaching resources which are shared via Jorum need to carry a Creative Commons (CC) licence. Licensing helps to protect your rights when you share a resource, and informs users about what they can and can’t do with a resource that they find in Jorum.


17. What Creative Commons (CC) licence should I use?

The licence you choose will depend on a number of factors, which you will need to explore locally. The Jorum team cannot provide legal advice, but Jisc Legal provides legal guidance for ICT use in education and research.

A wide range of information is available on licensing, including the OER IPR Support Project; and the Creative Commons website also contains information on selecting the right CC licence for your work.


18. How do I get a Trusted Depositor account?

Anyone who works in UK HE or FE can deposit to Jorum using their institutional login via the UK Access Management Federation (using either Shibboleth or OpenAthens). Those who do not have such an account, but who wish to share Creative Commons licensed educational materials relevant to UK post-16 education can apply for Trusted Depositor status to deposit in Jorum. You can upload your content or add links to content hosted elsewhere. To get a Trusted Depositor account, you must contact the Jorum team by emailing support@jorum.ac.uk or telephone 0161 275 6109 and be able to provide the following information:

  • Sample of materials for review
  • Full contact details and name of the person responsible

Once this information is received, a member of the team will verify the contact information and the appropriateness of the content. Content must be designed primarily for education, rather than promotion and be in line with the Jorum Collection Development Policy. Where appropriate, the content may be referred to the Jorum Service manager or in some cases to the Jorum Director. Any depositors must ensure that either they own or have cleared all rights to the content they deposit in order to assign that resource a CC licence. See both our Jorum Terms of Service and also the Jorum Notice and Takedown Policy before depositing.

Once material has been approved for deposit, an account will be set up for the individual and the details sent to them.