DO start by putting your existing content online - syllabus, assignments, gradebook - these provide the structure for your class and once they're up, you'll have a stronger sense of what resources you might still need to pull in to help students understand or contextualize the material.
DO look at your existing resources - are there digital alternatives? Look at the library ebook collection to add etextbook chapters and multimedia resources to your classes.
DO use the Fair Use exemption to Copyright - you can digitize and excerpt portions of copyrighted materials to share for educational purposes. If you're not sure, use the Fair Use Checklist (see below) to help inform your decision.
DO read the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists in response to the Covid-19 changes to higher ed.*
DO make an appointment with a librarian to consult about specific online resource needs you may have.
Don't try and rebuild courses from scratch for online learning - focus on moving your existing content online, and then supplementing the course with a few extra assignments, discussions, or resources.
Don't look to outside resources first - you'll very quickly be overwhelmed by information overload - reach out to the library when you have specific resources that need to be moved online or replaced, and we'll help you with targeted searches, rather than long lists of resources.
A webinar presented by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Practical tips for moving course content online and complying with copyright during the cornavirus and other campus closures.
Explication of Copyright and Fair Use During the Pandemic:
Include a full citation to articles - this is required in all academic writing, and will ensure students can still find the resources even if links break.
NOTE: PubMed now includes a citation generator feature to make this even easier!
Consider hosting videos that you are recording on YouTube:
Make sure you're using stable links:
Look for the the option to "copy link" or "link to this resource" - DON'T just copy and paste the information from your address bar - it's not a stable URL!
Links that require re-directs through the proxy are prone to errors - providing the full citation, and a stable link to the appropriate database is often the best option. Students can get to the right place, and run a simple title search based on the citation that you provide.
Stable Link from Ebsco Databases (bottom right):
Stable Link from PubMed:
Note that this will take students to the PubMed record,
..but may not get them to the full text if they haven't already logged in via the proxy!
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