Copyright and Teaching
Copyright history (at least the modern Anglo-American timeline) starts with the Statute of Anne, subtitled “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning,” a title so catchy that the US Congress appropriated it for the title of its own first copyright law nearly a century later. A lot has changed in the intervening two centuries, but copyright still has a major impact on teaching and learning. This page gathers links to resources hosted here and elsewhere to help you navigate copyright as you teach.
Using others’ work in your courses
- Instructional Sharing is our page walking you through how to lawfully share all kinds of media with students for their use in connection with your courses.
- Rapidly Shifting Your Courses from In-Person to Remote is a page designed to support faculty coping with the exigencies of the COVID pandemic, which may require adapting your teaching to an online environment on short notice.
- The VPR’s Guidance for Adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) provides information for faculty who want to use OER (materials intended for use in teaching and broadly licensed for free public reuse and modification) in their courses.
Developing your own educational materials
- Copyright Essentials for Scholarly Work is a broad, general overview of how copyright applies to creation in a scholarly context, including the creation of teaching materials.
- The VPR’s Guidance for Adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) also provides information for faculty who want to create or adapt OER.
- RES-001: Ownership Rights in Copyrightable Material is the University’s policy on copyright ownership, including when materials are ceded to faculty authors and when the university retains ownership of works made for hire.
- The OER @ UVA Libguide collects valuable information on finding, creating, and using OER in your courses.