Astrid Bovell on July 19th, 2013
We get a lot of questions about using Prezi – so we thought we’d post something to help give you all the presence of mind to be aware of what you need to know before you use Prezi.
The University provides the LMS so that we all have a safe space to upload our teaching content – including those third party copyright materials that we’re entitled to use under Part VA and Part VB while adhering to the rules for copyright compliance.
While we prefer that teaching staff use the LMS, they can use external sites for teaching, it’s worth being aware of a few reasons why using the LMS might be better:
Because we have control over the LMS, we can easily remove, edit or adjust content quickly if need be, and that’s often not the case with external sites.
If students need to sign up to the site in order to view the content, your students have to be willing to provide their personal information to sign up to the site. Students do not have to sign up if they don’t want to, and you cannot ask that they do, so you will also need to be able to provide them with access to the content in a way that does not require them to sign up to an external site.
The rules for communicating copyright material to students online through the LMS are the same rules if you wish to communicate copyright material to students online through any other method – be that email or an external website.
- Limit the types and amounts of material.
- Acknowledge all material with a proper and accurate citation.
- Display the required copyright warning notices.
- Register textual material and images being communicated online with the Copyright Office.
- Restrict access to staff and students involved in the subject. Access can be granted to external people who assist with teaching or administering the subject.
Prezi has different levels of subscription that allow you different uses. Their free/basic package, very importantly doesn’t allow you to restrict access to your presentations. That means that you can still use Prezi, but you will no longer be able to communicate copyright content to students as you normally would because by not being able to restrict your audience, you are essentially making your lecture public – and that means that you can only use material in the same way that you would if you were giving a public lecture. (see my post from last week.)
If you have a paid subscription, and are therefore able to restrict access to your presentation, then providing that you comply with the other regular rules for communicating content to students online, then there should be no problem with you using Prezi.
Copyright is hard – if you’re not sure if your presentation is good to go – let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org