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For the purposes of OERu courses, we cannot link to password protected materials. These are not OER. As the OERu is an OER collaboration, we are committed to open access materials.
If UOW is planning to run an OERu course in parallel mode, the links to password protected materials could be listed in your local LMS. In your course design, think about these reuse contexts and structure the pages accordingly so that OERu learners don't have to rely on closed resources to support their learning.