Utilizing a variety of content in online courses is a great way to increase student
engagement. There are thousands of resources from which you can choose, however, before
fully committing to a resource, there are a few things you need to know .
- How do I know if I can use this resource in my online class?
- We suggest you first consult the CCS Copyright Guidelines [PDF] before selecting any
- You may use a resource if it falls under any of the below circumstances
- The instructor is the copyright owner, or
- The material is made available by linking to material on an existing website, or
- The material is in the public domain, or
- The use is within “fair use” under the law, or
- The use is within another statutory exception.
- If your resource does not fall under any of the above circumstances or you are not
sure if does, then you should
- Talk with your appointed Instructional Designer if you are in the process of developing
- Email CCS Tech Support if you are updating a single resource in an existing course.
- Highlight the resource in your Initial Experience meeting if you are just starting
to develop a course.
- Do I need to seek permission to use this resource? If so, how do I do that?
- If you have a resource that you know is not in the public domain (or you aren’t sure),
then bring it up as soon in the development process as you possibly can. If you have
an initial experience meeting, add it to your course outline and talk to the Senior
Instructional Designer about it. If you don’t discover the resource until your design
meeting with your assigned Instructional Designer (ID), that’s ok. Just highlight
it in the meeting. Your ID will alert the appropriate person at CCS and begin the
- Seeking and securing permission to use a resource can take anywhere from a week to
3 months. Also, remember that no resource is guaranteed. Sometimes we cannot gain
permission to use a resource or time simply runs out. For this reason, we suggest
you select an alternative resource that you know you have permission to use.
- Do I need to pay for the rights to use this resource? If so, who pays for it?
- Payment and a licensing contract is usually required for resources not provided by
the adopted course text book or for resource not already in the Public Domain. As
long as the licensing fee is reasonable, CCS will pay for the use of the resource.
CCS handles all the licensing paperwork and payment for such resources.
- If I want to find a new resource, what are my options?
- When selecting a new resource, we suggest you start right here at UA. CCS has licenses
to several paid services that content experts are free to use. The UA Library system
also has thousands of e-books, articles, images, and videos that are available to
faculty. Below is a list of resources you might find helpful:
- CCS Provided Resources
- UA Library Media Databases