Research shows that getting your students to engage with your course materials can improve their outcomes and completion, and the good news is it’s pretty easy to find incredible content that’s easy to include in your D2L course out on the web with a simple Google search. Providing real life context and opportunities to attach personal meaning to content that you include in your course is a great idea, and Sara Seely, one of our Librarians at Rock Creek Campus reminds us of a few things when using materials on the web to engage our students:
In an online environment, the easiest option for legally sharing course materials is LINKING to them. Linking isn’t copying, and so complies with and is not restricted by copyright law. If the material is freely available on the web, linking allows students to view the material in context. If the material isn’t freely available, you can often link to it in a licensed PCC Library database.
Instructions for Linking to Articles (and a video!) in the PCC Library are on our website under Faculty Services.
When the material you want to use isn’t available in a library database or freely on the web, you will need to consider whether or not your use of the material constitutes fair use. If you would like to talk a particular case through with a member of the PCC Copyright Committee, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available on the Copyright for Faculty page.
For more tips on ways you can engage students in your course and other best practices in online teaching and learning, take a look at the Instructional Best Practices page on our faculty support site.