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Formerly: Course Materials Repository (CMR)


Note! We are retiring the Online Resource Bank (ORB) over the 2018-19 academic year.
Please see https://blogs.essex.ac.uk/it/2018/04/retiring-the-online-resource-bank-orb/ for details.

As of September 2018, ORB is now read-only, with existing materials kept for reference.
Staff and students looking for current teaching materials should refer to Moodle.

About ORB

ORB (Online Resource Bank), formerly the CMR, is a service that provides a number of related functions:

  • It provides a space for educational resources specific to individual modules:
    • a Moodle file repository, storing files that are too large, numerous, or unweildly for Moodle;
    • simple hosting, for educational resources that are unsuitable for Moodle;
  • It provides a space for support materials; such as past examination papers, reading lists, etc.
  • It maintains a list of modules and educational resources; which are personalised and presented to students via the My Essex student portal.

ORB is a relatively simple space. Unlike virtual learning environments (VLE) or specialist software, ORB cannot provide elements of interactive learning such as discussion forums.

For more information about this service, including frequently asked questions (FAQ), guidance for staff, and a list of all resources, please see the navigation.


ORB is currently showing information for the 2018/19 academic year. A breakdown of this information is shown below:

Module materials location2018/19
Nothing available0
Elsewhere (not in ORB or Moodle)0
ORB (standalone hosting)0