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Thursday, May 26 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Web-Based Course Delivery and Licenses: Problems and Solutions

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Web-based course delivery, be it through institutional MOOCs or consortial solutions, is very much in vogue and likely to stay with us in the future as colleges and university diversify content delivery and revenue streams. While these initiatives are often breathlessly heralded as the future, behind the vision there often lurks sticky details. While these details can often be addressed if identified in advance, they are often overlooked if inconvenient - and what can be more inconvenient than copyright concerns?

This session will look at the experience of Ontario Colleges in delivering course materials for
OntarioLearn, an online course delivery system that pooled the resources of 24 Ontario colleges. OntarioLearn provides a wide variety of enrollment options for students, whereby they may take courses outside of their home institution and enroll in courses at any of the participating colleges. This diversity of options for students creates a potential quagmire for copyright clearances, as many licenses are on an institutional level. This in turn created a complicated situation for those responsible for copyright at these institutions, as they had to identify, flag, educate, and facilitate copyright issues and clearances.

Learning Objectives:

The objectives of this session are to highlight the potential issues and pitfalls that exist with online course delivery, as well as solutions that are available. While there are no failsafe solutions, there are best practices that can be adopted to ensure that liability is limited while at the same time ensuring that content delivery and learning outcomes are not compromised.


Heather Buffett

Heather is the Copyright Librarian at George Brown College in downtown Toronto, where she manages the Copyright Office and pens a "highly acclaimed" Copyright column in the College newsletter. Heather works with librarians, faculty, staff, and students across all departments to... Read More →
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Stephen Spong

Copyright Services Librarian, Centennial College
Stephen Spong is the Copyright Services Librarian at Centennial College where he is responsible for copyright and accessibility policy development, advocacy and outreach, and licensing. He holds an Masters in Information from the University of Toronto's iSchool and a J.D. from Osgoode... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:45am - 12:15pm
Imperial Ballroom

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