Copyright & Intellectual Property


Regents Guide to the TEACH Act :
http://www.usg.edu/legal/copyright/teach_act.phtml

UWG Intellectual Property & Copyright Policy:
http://www.usg.edu/admin/legal/copyright/

University System of Georgia: Regents Guide to Understanding Copyright and Educational Fair Use: http://www.usg.edu/admin/legal/copyright/copy.html#part1

Copyright Basics (from the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress): http://www.loc.gov/copyright/circs/circ1.html

Copyright Clearance Center provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials throughout the world: http://www.copyright.com/

Information Policy: Copyright and Intellectual Property (from the The Majlessi Law Firm All Rights Reserved): http://www.legalmetro.com/library/ultimate-intellectual-property-resource.html



ADA

FREE Online ADA Tutorial from the USG Board of Regents:
http://www.alt.usg.edu/accessibility/

Designing with Disabled Students in Mind

It's important for professors to remember that their teaching tools, specifically those posted on the internet and WebCT, need to be accessible to all potential students, including those with disabilities. To assist you in making your pages readily accessible, here is a simple list of recommended Do's and Don't's that will guide you through building web pages that can be used by disabled students.

Do

1. If your page includes images, slides, pictures, etc., be sure to include a link to a copy of the page without any images, slides, pictures, etc..

2. Refrain from using tables to organize information presented on your pages. If this is a necessity, create a plain text version (a text only version) and link it to your main page.

3. Create links to other sites/pages in enlarged fonts and/or underlined text.

4. Use consistent styles and fonts on your webpages.

5. Base your navigation tools on large clearly distinguishable icons or words.

6. Keep pages relatively short.

7. Refrain from using Java Applets in your web pages.

8. Stay away from including streamed audio or video. If you DO include it, do provide a text-only version.

Don't

1. Create a page with images without a text only version. This keeps individuals with screen reading devices (typically for those with vision too poor to read from a monitor) from being able to use their tools because often times these tools are unable to interpret elements of pages that aren't text.

2. Similar to the use of images, tables can cause problems for text reading tools used by individuals with poor vision.

3. Leave links to other sites/pages in the same font as the rest of your text. This helps individuals easily identify links and for those who have difficulty using a mouse, it provides a larger image for them to click on.

4. Switching styles, fonts, formats, etc. from page to page is often confusing and keeps individuals in general from easily navigating through your web site/page.

5. Use colors, detailed icons, or similar wording as integral elements of your navigation. This too makes navigation difficult and confusing.

6. Long web pages make visiting your page tedious for individuals who use text reading tools becuase they must listen to the entire page as a whole then proceed to the next page. Short page make for more poignant main ideas and prevent individuals from being bombarded with too much information at one time.

7. Java Applets can create multitudes of difficulties with tools for web browsing disabled individuals.

9. Streamed Audio/Video is inaccessible to persons with hearing impairment and most text reading tools cannot handle these types of files.

Handy Resources

The following list of websites is comprised of organizations who have usefuk information concerning the creation of websites that are easily accessible to individuals with disablilities:

WebCT has its own website dedicated to input and feedback about education online:
http://www.webct.com/wyw/forum/browse

Closing the Gap is a company that lists soft/hardware resources for the disabled:
http://www.closingthegap.com/

The World Wide Web Consortium publishes access guidelines at:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/

Bobby is a free web based tool that checks web pages for accessibility to web pages for people with disablilties:
http://www.cast.org/bobby/

For more information concerning the accessibility of your web page, contact the Distance Education office at (678) 839-6248 , or email Janet Gubbins at mailto:jgubbins@westga.edu