You may choose to upload resources to a learning management system (e.g. Blackboard) yourself; however, you may do so only if:
If the copy is taken from one of MRU's licensed electronic resources (including subscription e-journals), then the license agreement may permit you to upload into the learning management system (Blackboard). However, the license may not permit this, and may even restrict your ability to use Fair Dealing.
If you wish to rely on the fair dealing or other educational exceptions to post copyrighted materials on MRU's learning or course management systems (i.e. Blackboard), you need to ensure that such postings are subject to reasonable safeguards to prevent students from distributing, transmitting or disseminating such materials to persons outside the course or class. At a minimum, you should abide by the following best practices and limitations:
"This copy is made solely for your personal use for research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism or review only. Further reproduction, fixation, distribution, transmission, dissemination, communication, or any other uses, may be an infringement of copyright if done without securing the permission of the copyright owner. You may not distribute, email or otherwise communicate these materials to any other person."
When providing links to websites, keep in mind these best practices:
Generally speaking, course Blackboard sites are permitted to contain copyrighted material to the same extent that the material may be distributed to a class as a print handout, (except if an applicable license agreement states otherwise). This means that a "short excerpt" of a copyrighted work may be posted to a course Blackboard site: typically this is a single chapter from a book or a single article from a journal or periodical.
Persistent links to any electronic resources already purchased by the Library will be provided to faculty members for inclusion in Blackboard course sites. Library reserve staff will be happy to assist with any linking questions.
In order to maximize the use of e-resources already purchased by the University through the Library, and to ensure convenience and reduced costs for students, faculty should use linked reading lists whenever possible and practical.
Maybe. Copyright law permits a single chapter of a book, or a single article from a journal to be posted to Course Blackboard site as a PDF. However, sometimes the license agreements that Mount Royal must sign to gain access to e-resources prohibit this. To determine whether a given e-resource may be posted to Blackboard requires a review of the relevant license agreements. For this reason, Mount Royal encourages instructors to link to e-resources whenever possible.
Although the content is protected under copyright (unless it is identified otherwise), a link to a resource or site does not constitute making or distributing a copy and is permissible. Hyperlinking is therefore considered copyright-friendly, and is preferable to other forms of dissemination.
If you wish you to include a journal article taken from an electronic database or another electronic resource as part of your course material, you must comply with the terms of the license agreement. Each electronic item is governed by a license agreement, and we must comply with the terms of the license when using electronic material.
Click here for more information on license agreements, how to use electronic resources or journal articles taken from electronic databases in your course pack.