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Sharing online

Sharing digital content easily and safely on your course

You'll probably be asked to produce digital content at some point on your course, and you might want to share informal digital content you've made with others – so it's important to choose the right tool for the job.

There are a wide range of digital tools available, so sometimes choosing the right app or program is hard. The right tool also depends on the demands of your subject area and on what it is you want to achieve, so you'll need to think carefully about what you need.

Choosing your digital tools 

Have a look at the scenarios below and choose which digital tools you'd use to create and share information. Select your answer by ticking the box and check your results.  

Advice for creating and sharing digital content

Choosing a tool to create and share your work isn't the only thing to consider when producing digital content – you also need to think about whether to share it at all.

When you share your work think about whether you're likely to want it in the public domain forever. It is difficult to remove things from the internet entirely. This video from the BBC provides an example of how sharing on the internet caused problems for one photographer.

We suggest that you:

  • Watermark your work in an online portfolio
  • Provide low resolution versions of your work online
  • Name, title and date all your work, and store this information within the files themselves
  • If you are creating a computer program or website, hide some non-obvious identifying information within the code

Taking these steps won't protect you from copyright infringement on their own, but they can help your prove if others have copied your work.

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