Sample Statements for Course Outlines

Marden Paul, Director of Planning, Governance, and Assessment at the University of Toronto, has developed sample statements granting or withholding permission for the recording of lectures and for informing students of potential recording of their presence that may be included on your course outline, or may be modified to suit your particular teaching context (if you do modify the statements, please contact CTSI if you have any questions about appropriate phrasing).  These statements, with minor adaptations, are below as Sample 1 and 2; CTSI has prepared Sample 3:

SAMPLE 1: INSTRUCTOR PERMITS AUDIO RECORDINGS WITH NO DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS
Students may create audio-recordings of the lectures for their personal use.  Recordings are intended to permit lecture content review so as to enhance understanding of the topics presented.  Audio-recordings are not substitutes for attending class.

Students should note that since audio recordings are to be permitted, their voice may be recorded by others during the class.  Please speak to the instructor if this is a concern for you.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, persons who have special needs will be accommodated.
Students agree to the following terms when creating audio recordings of lectures:

  • Recordings are not to be distributed without the permission of the instructor via the Internet, using social media such as Facebook, peer-to-peer file sharing such as One Drive or Dropbox, or other distribution channels.
  • Recordings are not to be shared with other classmates unless they are to be used in collaborative assignments, or if the instructor permits for other reasons.

Non-compliance with these terms violates an instructor’s intellectual property rights and the Canadian Copyright Act.  Students violating this agreement will be subject to disciplinary actions under the Code of Student Conduct.

SAMPLE 2: INSTRUCTOR FORBIDS AUDIO RECORDINGS
Students may not create audio recordings of classes with the exception of those students requiring an accommodation for a disability, who should speak to the instructor prior to beginning to record lectures.

Students creating unauthorized audio recording of lectures violate an instructor’s intellectual property rights and the Canadian Copyright Act.  Students violating this agreement will be subject to disciplinary actions under the Code of Student Conduct.

SAMPLE 3: INSTRUCTOR PLANS TO VIDEOTAPE LECTURES FOR VODCASTS
At the request of several students, video podcasts (“vodcasts”) of this course will be developed and posted to the Learning Portal (Blackboard) site.  These vodcasts are intended to be used as a student study aid and are not a substitute for regular attendance.

Video recordings will only capture the instructor and the front of the classroom.  Students will not be visible on video recordings.  Your voice, however, may be captured as an audio recording if you ask a question in class.  If you have any concern about your voice being recorded, please speak to me to determine an alternative means of participating.

Vodcasts may not be reproduced or posted or shared anywhere other than the official course Blackboard site and should only be used by students currently registered in the course.  Vodcasts may be uploaded to students’ iPods and similar devices for personal use.

Because vodcasts will be provided for all lectures, students may not create additional audio or video recordings without written permission from the instructor.  Permission for such recordings will not be withheld for students with accommodation needs.