Tips for using digital resources in your teaching

Using digital resources in teaching can improve the quality and allure of the learning process. Additionally it can improve the connection with the students’ perceptions, and in some cases it can save the teacher time. There are various types of digital resources available; e.g. teaching aids, exercises, lectures, audio clips, images, and games.

How to use digital resources in your teaching

Similar to when you design an education programme without digital resources it is important to adjust the goals, examination methods and didactics to each other. Ideally the study goals are your starting point when designing an education programme, and then you can use digital resources as a means to reach those goals. A digital resource is a means to reach a goal, and is generally not a goal in itself.

There are four ways in which to use digital resources in your education programme:


In addition to your teaching. You could give your students tips on additional, clarifying or more comprehensive material. This material could be, for example, a test, a web lecture from another university, an inspiring video, a game, etc.


As a substitute for your own teaching. You don’t offer some parts of your education programme as a classic lecture anymore, but replace them with digital resources. This can be material that you have made and used before, as well as material from others. By doing this you can use the time allotted for the lecture to actively work with the students and the material, for example by organizing a discussion, debate, or question & answer sessions.


In class. It can be inspiring to use material from another expert in your field of study during a lecture. This can be done by using, for example, a short video clip.


As inspiration for your own teaching. Prior to your own series of lectures you can use digital resources made by others to inspire yourself, and to improve or implement a change to your education programme.

The people at the Education Service Centre (Onderwijskundige Dienst, Dutch only) can support you during this process, both with existing material and developing your own. Contact the education specialist of your faculty.

What are you allowed to do with online digital resources?

Always check the terms and conditions before using materials. Generally using video and audio material during a lecture is allowed, but there are restrictions when it comes to placing this on blackboard. More detailed information on this subject can be found on SURF’s copyrights website (Dutch only).

Material found through websites for Open Educational Resources will generally be freely available under a Creative Commons license, however, there is a variety in conditions there as well. For example whether you are allowed to edit/ adapt the material, whether you are allowed to use it for commercial purposes, and how you may distribute the material in question yourself. More information on the different CC-licenses can be found on the Creative Commons website.

For questions and advice on copyright issues, contact the information specialist of your faculty, or Petri de Willigen.