Friday, August 27, 2010

Getting Started in Your Online & Hybrid/Online Course

Information for Online Students

In the weeks leading up to the first day of class, eLearning Services sends a "Getting Started" email to students enrolled in online and hybrid/online courses. If you are a student enrolled in these types of courses and you have not received an email from eLearning Services, check your Owl Mail account or the email account you used when you applied to PGCC. Those are the email addresses eLearning Services uses to contact students. Keep in mind, once the semester begins, the ONLY way the college can communicate with students is through their Owl Mail accounts!

Click Here to see the information covered in the "Getting Started" letter.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Useful Information for Faculty: New DVD Copyright Law

Information for Faculty

Norma Allenbach Schmidt, Librarian for Resource Development & eLearning in the PGCC library was kind enough to share her notes about the new DVD copyright law. Please click on the links provided for the full text and additional information.

Notes on July 26, 2010 Policy Paper of Library of Congress updating the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act Digital Millennium Copyright Act

  • This new policy now allows faculty in any discipline, students in filmmaking/media classes, and documentary filmmakers to “hack” the Content Scrambling System, the digital lock, of a moving picture DVD for the purpose of obtaining a short clip. The use of the clip must be educational and noncommercial.

  • Also newly allowed is the obtaining of short clips for the purpose of including in a presentation at an Academic Conference.

  • The new policy still does not allow the copying of complete works. Nor does it allow for the showing of, for example, a sixty minute movie in 10 “short clips” of six minutes each.

  • Of interest, the same announcement includes allowing owners to “jailbreak” their iphone to install apps not supplied by Apple. However, doing so will void the warranty.

The text of the new policy announced on July 26, 2010 that modifies the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is at:

The text of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is found at:

The Columbia University Libraries/Information Services discuss at length the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the concept of Fair Use at: