Category: Teaching with Technology
Tips from the Pros: Use of Copyrighted Video
January 1, 2014
During a recent Magna Online Seminar, Linda Enghagen, an attorney and professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, responded to two commonly asked questions about use of copyrighted ...
Putting PowerPoint in Its Place
January 1, 2014
Few, if any, technological tools generate stronger personal reactions among educators than PowerPoint, possibly because of its rampant popularity. According to information design expert Edward Tufte in his book The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint, “PowerPoint ...
Educational Technologies and the Human Face of Teaching
December 1, 2013
For the past couple of years I have been using some technologies that require setup before the class starts and have found that the setup interferes with my ability to converse with students before and ...
Introduction to Key Concepts in Five Minutes or Less: Introducing ‘Did You Know?’ Microlecture Series
June 1, 2013
The traditional, hour-long lecture that is so familiar to on-the-ground undergraduates has little place in an online learning environment. However, a shorter, more tightly focused microlecture can help engage learners and add a multimedia punch ...
Using Cloud-Based Applications to Support Learning Objectives: Blooming with Technology
April 1, 2013
One consistent question facing educators today is “What are some ways to improve student thinking?” (Houghton, 2004) As educators, we can start by examining and utilizing Bloom's Taxonomy, which can be summarized with a few ...
Structure, Video Conferencing Help Group Work Succeed
March 1, 2013
When Scotty Dunlap, assistant professor of safety, security, and emergency management at Eastern Kentucky University, surveyed his students about group work at the outset of an online graduate-level course on auditing, they unanimously gave it ...
During a recent Magna Online Seminar, Linda Enghagen, an attorney and professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, responded to two commonly asked questions about use of copyrighted videos in online courses.
Is it ever permissible to stream a video in a distance education course that is not owned by the institution?
“Based on the current state of the law, the answer is no with one possible exception. The possible exception is when the institution does not own the video but has permission from the copyright holder to stream the video. Because it is lawful to show a video not owned by the institution in a face-to-face course, many people find this frustrating or counterintuitive. Nevertheless, it is one of those rules that is in the law.”
Can I embed YouTube videos in an online course?
“Assuming the videos were lawfully posted by the copyright holder or someone else authorized by the copyright owner, it is usually OK. However, you have to make a judgment about that, and if it doesn't pass the smell test, don't link to it and don't send your students to it. You run the risk of having committed a type of copyright infringement called contributory copyright infringement. Essentially that refers to situations in which you do not commit the direct infringement but take advantage of it when someone else did—and you knew or should have realized that.”