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Project background:

  • The TRUE project is one of the Subject-specific ‘Open Education Resources’ projects funded by HEFCE through the Higher Education Academy.
  • It is a 12-month project (finishing 30 April 2010) to gather and share educational resources, many of which are currently ‘hidden’ behind institutional virtual learning environments.
  • The project’s aim is to make these resources available as open-access resource material, initially just on the Economics Network site as a wiki, and then additionally on JISC’s JORUM repository, soon to be retitled JorumOpen.
  • The content of the wikis will be aimed primarily at lecturers.
  • The TRUE project builds on the success of the Health Economics wiki at:
  • The project covers fourteen specialist areas of Economics and focuses on intermediate and advanced undergraduate options.
  • The project is being directed by Prof. Rebecca Taylor, Head of Economics Division, Nottingham Trent University.
  • Supported extensively by the Economics Network.

Incentives for participating:

  • Helps colleagues in other universities in developing their courses and to enhance the T&L experience of their students (degree of altruism).
  • Allows lecturers to engage with, and participate in, a specialist interest group.
  • Advertises courses and programmes of study.
  • Offers a forum for academic peers to offer feedback on materials.
  • Incentivises contributors to quality assure their materials.

Resources being collected:

  • All teaching & learning resources for which the contributor (institution and/or individual) owns copyright, and which they are willing to share with the community (see intellectual property rights section below)
  • Syllabus details; handouts; course handbooks; seminar and workshop materials; problem sets and worksheets; lecture slides; past exam papers and other assessment materials; reading lists, Q&As; videos; exe files; anything!
  • Additional contextual material is also required, including: author name, institution, aim of resource such as audience (e.g. degree, module, level, objective, any other useful comments).

Intellectual property rights (copyright)

There are two acceptable categories for resources:

  1. Creative commons licence. Under the terms of this licence users can use the materials and make derivative works but must reference the source if material is copied directly. They do not need to seek the permission of the originator. There are two suggested approaches:
    • Re-purposed (e.g. stripped of logos) and made available as the contributors’ own copyright-owned material, for which they are happy to present as a creative commons resource. This is the preferred form for materials and in keeping with the project’s purpose.
    • The original material where the university holds the copyright and is prepared to have it released under a creative commons licence. The lecturer supplying the materials would need to check with the department/university on IPR ownership. If the IPR resides with the university (and not with the individual) then permission would need to be sought.
  2. Made available with ‘all rights reserved’; not allowing derivative works. This would be the original materials that remain copyright of the university and/or originator. This is an acceptable compromise, since permission would not need to be sought from the university and would allow the project to populate its resource banks. It would at least allow lecturers to see materials from other universities that would otherwise remain hidden and help inform them in developing their own courses.

Martin's quick guide explains how to licence material as Creative Commons.


  • If issues with copyright emerge, the project staff will remove any item within 3 working days of receiving notice from the university or individual.
  • It is important to check that any third-party copyrighted material is removed from works (such as an embedded copyrighted chart). Note, however, that originators’ own charts compiled from data (e.g. ONS data) do not need to be removed.