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Videos in the Classroom: Using Videos in the Classroom

Best Practices for Fair Use of Videos in the Classroom  


  • Link to the video, in Moodle, if possible rather than making an electronic copy available to students. 
  • If you have your own video files best practice is to upload these to Google Drive, or One Drive and link over to the content in Moodle.
  • If copying a video, do not use any more of the video than the amount needed to serve your purpose.
  • Place the video in the context of the course.
  • Limit access to the video to students enrolled in the course.
  • Use streaming or other technologies that limit students' ability to download, copy, or redistribute the material.
  • Notify students that videos are being made available for teaching, study, and research only.
  • Provide attributions to known copyright owners of the videos.

Contact your Subject Librarian for more information and help.


 What about using YouTube videos in classes?

It is acceptable to link to YouTube videos in a learning management system. There are many YouTube videos (and other videos) available through Creative Commons licenses as well. The best way to use a YouTube video is to link to it. Using YouTube's embedded code for linking is fine also; When you click Share, YouTube makes the code available for users to embed.

Learn more about videos in the classroom and copyright 

The 2012 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCAexemptions permit faculty and students to circumvent protection measures to make short portions available for viewingThe circumvention is allowed "only when necessary". If very high quality copy is not required, the law permits the use of screen capture software such as Camtasia, Jing, to copy portions of the video. Find more in The Copyright Implications of Teaching with Videos

The AUB Libraries Copyright, Fair Use and Reproduction Policy: 
AUB Libraries provide access to their holdings for educational, personal, and non- commercial use, provided that the materials are properly cited. For publication, distribution, reproduction or other use of protected items which goes beyond fair use, written permission of the copyright holders and/or other rights’ holders is required(*). Publication includes, but is not limited to, print, film, slide presentation, video, television, and electronic transmission. ... more