Monthly Archives: April 2014

Copyright, Fair Dealing and how best to include materials in your cases

Finally, after many years, we have some clarity in Canada about how we as educators can make fair and appropriate use of materials that we find on the Web for our learners.

Many educators have blithely relied on “Fair Use” (the USA term, more accurately known as “Fair Dealing” in Canada) as an excuse to copy parts of materials for educational use. The original Fair Dealing provision was designed for paper copies and it was only in 2012 that the Supreme Court of Canada finally made a ruling on Fair Dealing as it pertains to electronic materials, and parliament finally amended the Copyright Act in 2013. And it’s a pretty good one.

Now, fair warning: I am not a lawyer and this is not an official legal opinion. The comments that follow are based on writings in this area and consultations with colleagues. If you want an official ruling, fire up your own lawyers.

(… read more…) – this covers the several ways that you can include images in your cases.

More on creating your own local help files

We created a few more notes on how to create your own localizable version of help files for your OpenLabyrinth cases. See…

This gives you the full skinny on how to do this.

This page is also an early example of where we are going with support, help and user guides for OpenLabyrinth. We have set up an Atlassian Confluence server, which will make it much easier for our support team to collaborate on keeping our documentation up to date. More on this soon.