Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Complying with the TEACH Act

I had not heard of the TEACH Act before so I was delighted to read more about it. Below are my reflections about the TEACH Act.

The TEACH Act changed the way materials could be used in distance education courses in these ways:

1. The kind of materials that can be displayed in distance education to entire performances of “nondramatic literature or music” and “reasonable portions” of other works.

2. The requirement of a physical classroom is now gone. This important change now allows students to access digital materials in a course whenever and wherever they have access to a laptop or a PC.

3. The storage of copyrighted materials on a server is now allowed which makes available both synchronous and asynchronous use of copyrighted performances and displays.

4. Digitized versions of analog works can be made that are not available in a digital format.

Instructors of online courses are liable for adherence to the policy.

As an instructor, if I decided to include Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" in my online course and I found a digital copy on the Internet, I would use the digital copy already online because the TEACH Act states that if a digital copy is available, then it should be used by the instructor.

Read about the TEACH Act here:

Copyright Law and Distance Education: Overview of the TEACH Act
by Kenneth D. Crews

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