Learning Repository

The RMIT Learning Repository is a digital content repository, designed to host learning and teaching materials.

Collections are accessible to all RMIT University staff and students via their standard username and password.

The Learning Repository hosts content created by RMIT staff or licensed for official RMIT University purposes. It acts as both a digital storage area for content creators, and a searchable repository of reusable learning & teaching content which is available to the RMIT University community.

The Library is developing Learning Repository collections of high quality, reusable content, organised for browsing or searching. Each digital object that is uploaded to the Learning Repository has relevant information recorded and stored with it – metadata.

Different digital objects have different metadata requirements, so each collection is specially designed to meet the needs of the collection owners and also maximise find-ability, to ensure that uploaded resources are used. Most of the collections in the Repository can be searched by keywords, course codes or school, as well as other unique codes or keywords where required.

Getting started

To access the Learning Repository, go to https://equella.rmit.edu.au/rmit/ and log in using your standard RMIT username and password. Browse collections, or use the search box to find content.

To see an overview of the collections available from the Learning Repository, for example ‘RMIT Images’, ‘Architecture Slides’ and ‘Library Licensed Resources’, visit the Learning Repository Library information page.

Creating a collection

Before proposing a Learning Repository collection, consider the reusability of the objects in it:

  • Will other teaching staff want to use this object? If so, does it have enough good metadata for others to find it?
  • Can objects in the collection be classified better in ‘sub-collections’, for example the Buildings/General/Students/Events categories (and subcategories) in the RMIT Images collection?

Any digital object may be uploaded, but objects which require special software to view should be accompanied by metadata explaining where the software is available. It may be appropriate to provide multiple versions of a file in different format or quality.

If you are interested in creating a new content collection, contact the Learning Repository Coordinator. Learning Repository staff will develop a specific guide for each collection to assist you in developing a collection.

Good practice

For items to be useful in the Learning Repository, they must have good descriptive metadata. At a minimum, objects or object sets require a title, meaningful keywords, and a brief description (1-2 sentences).

The copyright status of objects in a collection must be clear and explicitly stated. RMIT-created content may be added with default copyright and reuse statements, but third-party content must have specific permission for online hosting - usually sought on the content user’s behalf by the Copyright Management Service. Other third party material copied in reliance of the Part VB Statutory Licence (CAL) Scheme for educational purposes must be added to the eReserve collection in the Learning Repository. Conditions of use for third-party objects vary widely. For further information contact the Copyright Management Service.

User guides