Leveraging Your (Copy)Rights for Online Instruction

Since the quick pivot to fully online instruction in March, the spotlight has been turned on tools required for online delivery (Brightspace, MediaSpace, Zoom, and the like). Less attention has been paid to how copyright can support educators as they transition to remote instruction.

Fair dealing is always available to educators in both face-to-face and online settings. Fair dealing is an exception in Canada’s Copyright Act that permits use of copyright-protected content for purposes such as education, without payment or permission from the rights holder.

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“That’ll be $0, please”: Art History forgoes textbooks, embraces open education

At the start of the summer semester, Langara Art History students discovered that their learning materials this term will cost them nothing. This surely came as a relief to many struggling with financial instability, limited library access, and delayed textbook deliveries related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ten sections of AHIS 1114, AHIS 1115, and AHIS 1214 are now using a combination of open educational resources (OER) from Khan Academy, the Helibrunn Timeline of Art, and other museum databases for required readings.

The Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) model is gaining momentum amongst Canadian post-secondary institutions. ZTC courses forego costly commercial textbooks in favour of OER and/or library materials that students can access for free. Kwantlen Polytechnic University currently offers seven ZTC programs, including a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies.

By Department Chair Dr. Alena Buis’ calculations, Art History’s ZTC courses will save students $44,544 in the current semester alone. This impressive number is not captured in the data Langara records in partnership with BCcampus, which calculates cost savings for classes that have replaced a commercial textbook with a single open textbook (versus OER more broadly).

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Updating video formats for online instruction

Do you use DVDs in your teaching? With status of in-person instruction still uncertain, now is the time to think about the format of videos you hope to use this fall and beyond.

Many DVD programs are also available for purchase as streaming videos. If the Library acquired these streaming videos, you and your students could access them 24/7 via the Library website. We can still keep the DVD copy in our collection.

If you need to move from DVDs to streaming videos, please email Annie Jensen (ajensen@langara.ca) with the following information:

Title of DVD:
Date you will next use it:
Your department:

Note: Some DVD content isn’t available via streaming, but the Library will do our best to track down whatever we can!

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New Database Trial: Ebsco’s Faculty Select (Open Educational Resources)

With the quick pivot to fully online instruction, open educational resources (OER) are more important than ever before.

Unlike commercial learning materials, which are protected by traditional copyright, OER are openly licensed. Open licenses allow educators to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute content (popularly referred to as the 5 Rs of Open) without payment or permission from the copyright owner.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a single online repository for OER. For this reason, locating OER to support course content can take some leg work. To ease the process, Ebsco developed Faculty Select, a database that “streamlines access to high-quality [OER] and enable[s] faculty to search and request access to high-quality e-books.”

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Announcing the Open Student Scholar Prize Winners!

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the first ever Open Student Scholar Prize!

In February and March of this year Open Langara and the Library jointly ran the Open Student Scholar Prize with great success! The Judges were thrilled with the caliber of both the submitted projects as well as the thoughtful statements on open education and open access. As such, prizes were awarded for first and second place, two for a third place tie, and three honourable mentions.

Read on to learn more about the winners.

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Reminder – Redirection for old Ezproxy links stops after end of August

In 2019 the Library moved the domain of the Ezproxy server from langara.bc.ca to langara.ca.  Since then a redirection has been put in place to automatically redirect Ezproxy links from the old domain to the new domain. The redirection will stop after the end of August 2020.

We need you help to ensure that the links in your saved bookmarks and Brightspace pages are in the correct format. If you have not done so, please update the links as follows.

You need to delete ‘bc.’ in the Ezproxy link (including the period)

The Ezproxy links allow students and staff to continue to access full-text and streaming in library databases and streaming platforms when they are accessing from off-campus.

If you have any questions, please contact Philip Wong (philip.wong@langara.ca) or Julie Cole (jcole@langara.ca).

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Library Instruction for Summer 2020

If you are including a research component to your online courses for Summer 2020, the library is still here to help! We have many different options for online library instruction and we encourage you to reach out to your liaison librarian to discuss what would be best for your students.

Some options for online library classes may include:

  • Synchronous session with the librarian who can share their screen and walk students through the research process.
  • Asynchronous screen captures that walk through the research process that students can watch on their own time.
  • Embed your Library Assignment Guide directly into your Brightspace Course. Instructions on this can be found here:
  • Custom built learning objects that you can embed into your Brightspace Course (this will take more lead time)
  • Using the existing online tutorials through Brightspace. More information on that can be found here:

Please stay tuned as well for new library learning objects about citation and other research skills.

Full information about Information Literacy Instruction at Langara College can be found here:

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Using Open Textbooks for Summer Classes

As we look toward an online summer term our students face two significant barriers to textbook access: finances and physical distance.

In order to help navigate these challenges, Open Langara and the Library are here to support instructors interested in using an open textbook for the summer term. Open textbooks are licensed to be freely used and distributed. They are written, edited, and reviewed by faculty from universities and colleges across Canada and the world.

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Online library resources for faculty and staff

Did you know that the Langara Library’s vast collection of online resources is available to Langara employees? Keep up to date on the news, engage in professional development, or just relax with an e-book or feature film, all from the comfort of home. All online resources are available off-campus once you log in with your Langara ID and password.

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Videos expiring from Criterion on Demand

A number of videos will expire from Criterion on Demand in the coming months (up through 2025). If you use videos from Criterion on Demand in your teaching, please look through the following list of titles to ensure your curriculum won’t be affected by these future title deletions. If you are using a title from this list, please contact ajensen@langara.ca so the library can find a replacement.

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