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Traditional Course

This information is for faculty teaching in a traditional "brick and mortar" classroom  setting on a WGTC campus. The course is neither transmitted nor recorded for outside use.

While you should not copy or lift content from a Web site without permission, there are currently no restrictions against simply linking to or showing a Web site.


Sources of information:

Piedmont Technical College (SC)

Lone Star College System

The Copyright Management Center - Indiana University & Purdue University

Complying with The TEACH Act and Copyright Issues in Distance Education
Presentation prepared by Dr. Fritz Dolak for the ITC Professional Development Audio Conference on November 18, 2003.

PBS Teacher Source: Copyright Copyright Chart


Microsoft: What uses of photos, clip art, and font images are prohibited?  


Online Course

A course in which all instruction occurs online, and testing may occur online or in a proctored environment. 

If you plan to provide materials to students through ANGEL, keep in mind information in digital formats is still governed by copyright. Although access to the information will be limited to those students in the course with a log-on or password, the general guidelines for use of copyrighted materials apply.

  • Entire works may not be digitized and provided to the students. Excerpts of not more than 10% of the whole work apply to information in print, audio, and visual formats.
  • A statement of copyright must accompany each copyrighted item.
  • Copyrighted materials, regardless of format, can only be used for the duraction of the class and must be removed at the end of the semester. If you intend to repeatedly use the same material from semester to semester, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder.



Hybrid Course

 A course in which 25 percent-50 percent of the learning activities are conducted online. Traditional class meeting times will vary within these guidelines, depending on course content and instructor discretion. Meeting times will be predetermined and specified in the class schedule.


Web-Enhanced Course

A traditional classroom course that uses the Internet as a component of the course. That component supports classroom instruction and may require students to use the Internet in order to interact with one another and the instructor, do research, complete and/or submit assignments, or take tests.



Presentation made during professional meetings or workshops.


Student Activities

Extracurricular campus activities.



Interlibrary loan, reserve shelf and archival activities in libraries.

Web Resources

Need to know more about copyright? Check out some of these online resources:


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