There are two things to consider when providing readings to students:
1. Where is your course material coming from?
2. How are you providing access to the readings?
You may scan and upload to Moodle short excerpts of copyright works if the excerpts qualify as fair dealing or complies with the College's Access Copyright license.
Fair dealing generally allows:
Any scanning and uploading of copyright material that is not permitted by fair dealing or Access Copyright requires the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
Some Library licenses permit uploading of licensed online content to Moodle. More commonly, licenses permit you to create and post in Moodle “persistent links” to individual articles from licensed online resources. Learn more in the Licensing section of this guide.
A special note about Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles:
HBR has more restrictive license terms than most online resources available through the Library. HBR does not allow uploading PDFs of downloaded articles or linking directly to articles in Moodle or Talis. Some HBR articles preclude the ability print, download or create permalinks. For help with HBR articles please contact Lindsay Willson.
Faculty, students, and staff can reproduce, share, or stream works available through the internet, provided:
The source and, if provided, the author, performer, maker, or broadcaster must be cited.
All materials shared online must be copyright compliant, following the guidelines above.
In the Copyright Act, online learning is equal to a live classroom and instructors can share lessons containing copyright-protected works with students digitally, provided that:
You can include copyrighted work in coursepacks only if that work is covered by Okanagan College's Access Copyright license. This license allows the making of photocopies for distribution to students, including course packs.
You can search for works in Access Copyright's repertoire using their Title Search tool. There are works not covered by the Access Copyright license. The requirements of the license are coordinated by the Campus Bookstore.
If you want to use a work in a coursepack that is not covered by any copyright licence or exceptions you must get permission from the copyright holder. Permissions are granted on a per-use basis.
You can make multiple copies of an article or any copyrighted work for distribution only if that work is covered by the fair dealing provision of the Copyright Act, or by Okanagan College's Access Copyright license. This license allows the making of photocopies for distribution to students, including class handouts. You can search for titles in Access Copyright's repertoire using their Title Search tool.
Fair dealing generally allows:
Some license agreements between the Library and individual publishers or distributors for online resources such as e-journals include clauses that permit the use of content as class handouts. Check the license to be sure, as each database has different permissions.
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