What is the TEACH Act and how does it apply to my online teaching?
The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act of 2002 expands permissions for the use of digital audiovisual materials in distance education under certain conditions. Essentially, it allows you, under certain circumstances, to use works in a course management system like Canvas similarly to how you would use them in a face to face classroom. Specifically, TEACH allows instructors at accredited non-profit educational institutions to digitally transfer performances and displays of copyrighted materials exclusively to students officially enrolled in online courses when all of the following criteria are met:
The TEACH Act does not extend to textbooks, course packs, or other materials typically acquired by students for their personal use and retention.
1. Choosing Materials
2. Using Materials
A. Assess Your Use
B. Making Sources Available
If you can, avoid making copies. Link to sources outside of Canvas rather than copying and pasting material or downloading a copy and uploading it to Canvas.
Only link to outside materials that you can be reasonably certain were legally obtained and posted by the linked site.
Remember that all linked materials must be accessible and ADA compliant.
When available (such as when linking to sources in the library databases), use permalinks to avoid link rot.
Or, rather than using external links, consider using this as an opportunity for students to practice their research skills. Provide the citation and let students gain experience using the citation to find the materials on their own.
When working with copies, make sure that the copies were created legally.
Provide only as much of a source as is needed to meet your educational objectives (for example, a short clip from a video, a single chapter from a book, a single article from a journal issue)
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