Educational uses beyond the classroom

Reasonable amounts of copyright materials can be copied and communicated for the educational purposes of UNSW or of another educational institution. Educational purposes could include some administrative purposes, such as continuing education programs and professional development programs.

UNSW is covered by a statutory licence in the Copyright Act 1968. The statutory licence, also called the Part VB licence, allows UNSW to copy and communicate reasonable amounts of copyright materials for the educational purposes of UNSW or of another educational institution.

Continuing education and professional development

While the Copyright Act 1968 is not clear as to what educational purposes are, there should be no problem with using reasonable amounts of copyright materials for internal administrative purposes that are connected to the educational purposes of UNSW.

For example, copyright materials could most likely be used for continuing education programs for UNSW instructors. Additionally, copyright materials could most likely be used for programs supporting women in research or in leadership positions in the university sector.

Programs for individuals outside of UNSW

The Copyright Act 1968 allows UNSW to copy and communicate reasonable amounts of copyright materials for the educational purposes of UNSW or of another educational institution. Meaning, the recipients of the copies or communications do not necessarily have to be UNSW staff or students, but they need to be staff or students in the Australian education sector.

Because other educational institutions in Australia from primary schools to universities are covered by the same copyright rules, copyright materials could most likely be used for programs created by UNSW staff and delivered to staff or students of other educational institutions. For example, there should be no problem with UNSW staff creating a program about climate change for primary school students or a program for secondary school instructors about preparing students for careers in engineering.

If copyright materials are used in a program for individuals outside of UNSW, care should be taken to restrict access. Reasonable steps should be taken to ensure that the materials are only shared with the intended recipients.

If the program is going to be available to individual outside of the education sector or if the program is not connected to educational purposes, then Open Access materials should be used. For more information about open access see What is open access?

For more information about course materials in publicly accessible online courses see Open online course materials.

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