An integral part of the Rights and Rewards in Blended Institutional Repositories Project is the design of a reward and support scheme that provides suitable recognition for the contribution of items to a repository of teaching and learning materials. A repository is a managed environment having the benefits of: providing a central store for the sharing of resources, enhancing access to items, and helping to preserve the outputs of a university for the long-term.
The project will pilot a reward and award scheme as part of the demonstrator repository service at Loughborough University. This repository will hold some examples of good quality teaching materials produced at this institution, resources for use in teaching, and case studies of innovative practice. The repository service will include provision for support channels to encourage and assist content creators and depositors.
Rewarding staff for their efforts in creating good quality teaching and learning resources is seen as a way of recognising their work and encouraging innovation. A number of National and Local initiatives for rewarding staff are already in place. This report introduces some of these schemes and outlines the context within which such reward schemes operate. The project’s reward and support scheme will be designed to meet the needs of contributors to a repository of materials to support teaching and learning. The need for suitable awards, support and recognition were identified by a national survey (Bates et al., 2005), and in interviews with teachers and support staff at Loughborough University carried out by the project team.
This report was prepared as part of the JISC-funded Rights and Rewards project.