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“Why would I use a course space in a SLC's supported Learning Management System (Blackboard) instead of a website?"

12 views   |   Last updated on Nov 18, 2019    Copyright


There are two copyright related reasons to use a LMS site over a public website. First, if you are using the Fair Dealing Policy to post materials, you must be posting to a learning or course management system site that is password protected or otherwise restricted to students of the university. In addition, if you are getting permission to post materials, copyright holders will almost always require that access to the material is restricted to students enrolled in your class. We recommend that all faculty members and instructors at St. Lawrence College use the LMS supported by their departments to manage their course materials.

Best practices for posting copyrighted materials to LMS Sites like Blackboard:

  • the electronic copy is made available to the student from a secure server protected by a password or a similar measure that ensures that the copy is only made available to the students enrolled in the course of instruction for which the copy was made;
  • the electronic copy is made available to the student on a read-only basis in PDF format or a similar format that prevents the copy from being altered by the student;
  • the electronic copy made is deleted once the course of instruction or the series of courses it pertains to has come to an end.

In addition, please include the following notices on your course website:

On the main page of your website: "This material is designed for use as part of <Course Name> at St. Lawrence College and is the property of the instructor unless otherwise stated. Third party copyrighted materials (such as book chapters and articles) have either been licensed for use in this course or fall under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law."

With or on the copyrighted works uploaded for the class: "This material has been provided for research, private study or education. Copying or communicating this material for further distribution (e.g. uploading material to a commercial third-party website) can lead to a violation of Copyright law. Find out more about copyright here:

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