The Fair Use act and TEACH act were rules that were covered extensively when I took the Online Teaching endorsement class for Georgia. The consensus was to use Creative Commons materials whenever possible. This is a practice that I try to follow as much as I can. I link to websites as often as I can so that I am not copying materials that have been place online by someone else.
This is much easier now than when I added the endorsement because so many more materials are available and they are much easier to find. It was also determined that materials available for educational use under these two acts could be used if they were in a password protected classroom because the number of students viewing those materials would be limited to a class. This applies to internet materials and any materials that give you the right, after purchasing, of copying for class use.
After reading over the material in this unit and looking at Ivan Hoffman’s site about using materials for online education and the information from the University of Rhode Island I will now use the advanced google search function to make sure that I always start out looking for material that is licensed under Creative Commons. I think this is even more important when teaching for an online program like GAVS which makes its classes available publicly. While it is not a for profit system the potential for access is great.
For a program that is publicly available I wouldn’t feel comfortable using any material such as materials that I have purchased and have permission to use in my classroom. The virtual school that I currently teach for in Forsyth County keeps the coursework behind a password. In that case, I feel comfortable using material I have purchased and have permission to use in a classroom, as well as material that I have permission to use under the Fair Use and TEACH acts.