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Curriculum Resources

Saskatchewan Polytechnic courses are delivered in multiple modes. Some of the most common modes are delivery in a face-to-face classroom, through an online course management system, or as a hybrid of these two types of deliveries. The resources or curriculum materials contained within a course may come from many different sources. Examples include:

  • Published material, such as a textbook or book.
  • Print or digital copies of journal articles.
  • Material saved or downloaded from the Internet.
  • Digital versions of printed published material.
  • Equipment manuals and user guides.
  • Consumable items such as published workbooks, assignment sheets, and tests.
  • Instruction manuals, including teachers' guides.
  • Images, photographs, video, or music files.
  • Material available on a CD, DVD, or streaming media.

All of the above examples would be defined as a "work" under Canada's Copyright Act. In Canada, copyright protection for a work extends to fifty years after the author's death. This means most, if not all, of the resource material that may be used within a course is copyrighted material. A work does not have to be labelled with the © symbol in order to enjoy copyright protection.

Course Development & Revision

Courses at Saskatchewan Polytechnic are developed within a framework that includes learning outcomes, learning steps, and learning activities. The main resource material for a course may be a textbook that students are expected to purchase. Most courses contain instructor-developed activities, including information sheets, review exercises, practice labs, and answer keys.

Non-Saskatchewan Polytechnic (third-party) copyrighted material may be included in courses if:

  • The use of the material qualifies as a fair dealing.
  • The terms of use or conditions accompanying the material provide permission for reuse.
  • The licensing agreement (such as the library database licenses) provide permission for reuse.

Otherwise, the inclusion of third-party copyrighted material in a course manual may require permission from the copyright owner and payment of royalty fees.

Resources that may be easier to reuse when developing curriculum include:

  • Linking to digital material available through a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library carries subscription. Books, journal articles and multimedia such as streaming video are available. Persistent links may be created to access many of these digital resources. Further information is available from your local campus librarian.
  • Provincial and federal government information and documentation available on the Internet. Public, non-commercial reuse is allowed for many government resources, which includes reproduction for educational use.
  • Material published under a Creative Commons license.
  • Instructional resources available from a publisher. The textbook must usually be adopted for the course (required purchase by students) in order to distribute copies of these resources to students.

Classroom Use

The following activities apply to use in a face-to-face classroom.

  • A copy of a short excerpt from a copyrighted work may distributed to your students as a fair dealing.
  • A copy of a short excerpt may be projected in the classroom as a fair dealing.
  • More than a short excerpt may be displayed if the material is not commercially available in a suitable medium (s. 29.4).
  • Legally-owned copies of music and video may be played in a classroom (s. 29.5).
  • Links may be used to access and display streaming video (such as YouTube videos).

For more information, see the Copyright Information links on mySaskPolytech.

Online Course Use

  • A copy of a short excerpt from a copyrighted work may be stored in the online course.
  • Links or an embedded player may be used to access and display streaming video (such as YouTube videos).

For more information, see the Copyright Information links on mySaskPolytech.

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