With instruction moving online in the Fall, there is a need to adapt how we teach and provide educational materials to our students. This guide will provide you with the information you need if you want to know about course readings, streaming media or possible alternatives to the traditional textbook in the online environment.
Much Ado about Textbooks
Providing students with access to textbooks is easy when course are offered face-to-face as students can visit the on-campus bookstore. Providing access to the entire student body when everyone is studying online can present challenges associated with text delivery to remote users - and copyright makes providing online textbooks extremely costly. But this does not mean institutions face an insurmountable problem as there are options available to the traditional textbook.
1. Open Textbooks
Open Textbooks are a type of Open Educational Resource. They have been created by faculty in institutions around the globe and come with open licenses that allow users to download the content, print it, adapt it, remix it or share it with students - all without the need to contact the copyright owner and get permission. Want to use it in a Course site? No problem. Want to use chapters 3-9 from one book and incorporate chapter 5 from another open textbook to form a new textbook? No problem. As an added bonus these textbooks are free to use, and as such are easy on student's pocket book. Check out the library's libguide on Open Textbooks to learn where to locate them. The guide also points you to Open Access Books.
In addition to this guide, Campus Manitoba has staff to help you if you wish to adapt an open text. To get help contact:
2. Online Course Packs
Another option for providing instructional materials is to develop an Online Course Pack consisting of recommended readings / viewings that are linked to via your Moodle class site. Readings coming from the library's electronic journals / e-books can be linked to from your site. Articles or Chapters in physical journals / books, can also be digitized and added to Moodle but are constrained by copyright.
To locate relevant works for your online course, check out our Open Textbook Guide, which also has information about linking to electronic items in the library collection whether they are e-books, online articles, online newspapers or library licensed streaming videos collections. There is only one exception to this and it is any individually licensed videos as they are uploaded to the library's Moodle Video site.
3. Digitized Chapters and Articles in the Physical Library
You can also - to a limited extent - make content in our physical collection available online to students. Because of copyright there are restrictions including:
To have library content digitized for usage in Moodle, contact Donna Lowe in Library Reserves.
Streaming Media and Online Classes
If you need to use an audiovisual production in an online class, it is important to note that copyright forbids you from uploading a movie from a DVD into a class site / web site as it violates Technological Protection Measures. This does not mean you cannot use media in an online class as you can:
To acquire a streaming license for your class, contact Angela Revet (firstname.lastname@example.org ) at the John E. Robbins Library and provide her with the list of video titles, for which, you need a streaming license.
As a general rule you can use copyrighted materials in an online class but: