Pedagogical and technical issues may make the shift from in-person to online teaching a challenge but copyright concerns should not be a significant barrier!
Key points to remember:
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Use university password-protected systems like to make material available to your students, and use WebEx or other supported eLearning tools to deliver lectures with copyrighted content.
The Library can help you copyright check readings, create links to ebooks and journal articles, obtain access to content that is not currently available in digital format and obtain copyright permissions, as needed.
Your Liaison Librarian may be able to help you find alternative content, and the Library has a large collection of online journals and ebooks that can help support online learning. Your librarian can also help you find openly licensed teaching materials.
Use phone apps like Genius Scan or Adobe Scan to easily scan and post print materials D2L within the limits allowed by the Fair Dealing Policy. Make scanned PDF files more accessible for your students by using an optical character recognition (OCR) online tool to convert "non-selectable" text files into more accessible versions.
Sharing audiovisual material like films and audio files is more complex. But remember you can still link to legally posted online content (from YouTube etc.).The Library has licensed audiovisual materials that you may link to. Standard commercial streaming options like Netflix, Crave or Disney Plus that students may also subscribe to can be an option – though some students may not have access to those services.
This resource is adapted for Capilano University from the the University of Calgary's Copyright Guidance for Transitioning an In-Person Course Online, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. This page is shared under the same license.