Learn how to avoid legal complications when teaching online

Applying Recent Copyright Court Decisions to Distance Ed

Fair use, transformative uses, and copyright compliance are important concepts to understand as you begin selecting materials for your online courses. Learn what you can and can’t use.


If you teach online courses—or support, supervise, or set policy for those who do—you need to understand what resources can be used legally in distance education and how to use them.

Find out what you need to know in Applying Recent Copyright Court Decisions to Distance Ed, a Magna Online Seminar led by Linda Enghagen, J.D.

Although you don’t need to be a lawyer in order to develop a working knowledge of best practices in fair use, your presenter is an attorney and a professor with more than 20 years’ experience in distance education.

The author of two books, numerous scholarly articles, and brochures on copyright and related issues, Enghagen is an award-winning educator.

This is a highly interactive seminar in which you’ll learn the legal ins and outs of using the materials most commonly employed in online courses.

Topics Covered

Applying Recent Copyright Court Decisions to Distance Ed shows you how to apply best practices in fair use to the resources most commonly accessed in online courses, including:

  • Public domain works
  • Personal copies
  • Websites
  • Library resources
  • Commercial textbooks and other educational products
  • Creative Commons licensed materials
  • Open access resources
  • Do-it-yourself materials

Learning Goals

This seminar is all about empowering you to make the right choices for your distance education programs. After completing this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Show how transformative uses applies to your use of course material
  • Differentiate between materials that can and cannot be distributed legally for distance education purposes

You’ll also come away with sample documents, a list of dos and don’ts, and additional resources to help you implement what you learn.

Intended Audience

If your institution uses an online learning management system to deliver distance education, supplement face-to-face courses, or both, you should participate in this seminar.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to distance education or an old hand at teaching online courses, Applying Recent Copyright Court Decisions to Distance Ed can teach you things you need to know about copyright compliance.

This session is suitable for participants at all levels and is particularly useful for:

  • Administrators responsible for copyright policy development and implementation
  • Distance education administrators
  • Instructional designers
  • Faculty
  • Librarians

Whether your chief concern is protecting your institution from legal complications or developing online courses that promote student learning without landing you in hot water, this program will help you meet your goals.

This seminar is now available on CD. The recording includes the complete transcript and all supplemental materials.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

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