NILE GuidesStaff > Content

With regards to NILE we define content as information to assist your teaching and students in their learning. This can be simple resources to read and watch, or interactive elements to allow collaboration and discussion.


A compilation of recommended resources, along with suggested uses, to supplement your teaching materials.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are documents and media useful for teaching, learning and research. They are available to use for free with an open licence and can be embedding into your existing teaching materials.

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Books & Journals

There are a variety of places to search for and find books, ebooks and journals within the university. You may wish to use these for your own research, to support in class activities,  link to these in your NILE sites or use these with your students to encourage their individual wider reading.

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Photos & Graphics

Infographics can be used to display and explain complex information or photos and icons used to aid design and page layout. These can be downloaded (within permitted copyright use), edited and added to your NILE sites and teaching materials.

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Multimedia includes traditional television and radio broadcasts, as well as online-only resources. These audio and video files can be linked from NILE or embedded into it directly.

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Recommended approaches to improve the appearance and layout of content for clear navigation and understanding.


For content to be easily found it requires a clear logical structure across all modules and courses. Our NILE Standards advise on the minimum expectations as well as other recommended ways to display your online materials. Get help


From layouts and colours, to optimising for use on the web, good presentational design ensures your content is accessible for all. Follow our recommended tools, training and tips to help you design better content. Get help


The delivery of content can be flexible; asynchronous with a structured pathway to release materials over time, or synchronous to deliver virtually at a specified time. Learn how to design availability into your online materials. Get help


Use one of the family of NILE applications to publish your content.



The first element of the University’s approach to teaching and learning is the provision of digital resources, which usually include links to tasks that involve interactivity or social interaction. On their own, these learning resources can only deliver knowledge (the lowest tier of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains), but they are an essential foundation and need to be easily accessible.

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Building elements of interactivity – such as formative tests, blog, journals and wikis – into content can increase engagement and monitor progress. See which tools we recommend to integrate this into your teaching materials. Get help




Collaborative content is developed by a group, built upon from an initial brief or idea. This activity can take place amongst a small group within a cohort, or publicly with a global audience.

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