Copyright in your online classroom: What do you need to know?

Salmon Arm
Revelstoke Centre

This session is at the Evolving/Emerging level of workshops offered by Learning and Applied Research and Education Technology.

Can I show streaming videos in my online class? Does recording my BlackBoard Collaborate session while streaming videos for the class contravene copyright laws? Where can I find open resources so that my students don’t have to buy expensive textbooks? What copyright options do I have for my own online material? Have you asked yourself these questions, or do you have other copyright questions after shifting to online learning in the spring? We’ll help you find the answers to these questions, as well as others, in preparation for more online classes in the fall.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify resources to help determine copyright compliance, such as the Fair Dealing guidelines, Copyright FAQs, and the Copyright Act
  • Examine past classroom practices to determine if they comply with copyright
  • Identify ways to communicate copyright of your own course materials to students using Creative Commons licenses, copyright symbols and permissions statements
  • Understand the value and locate open access sources such as Open Education Resources to support courses and ease the financial burden on students


  • Adhering to copyright law in your classroom
  • Providing explicit permissions for your course materials to help students understand how they can use them
  • How to find Open Education Resources, and why they are important

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