Our campus is investigating course management systems and the question that I'm presented with is "What steps need to be taken to stream educational and theatrical films to the 'chosen' system for specific class assignments?" The IT folks plan to have a dedicated server and they assured us that class assignments will be password protected.
At this point, some of my questions are: would they be using clips vs. entire films; the issue of changing formats within copyright; how secure is the server and the course management system; are there 'guest' privileges for non-registered students; are the students permitted to download the film; server space issues--at least half of our course reserves are theatrical releases; how secure are the passwords and the people entrusted with them (smile); the estimated cost to the Libraries for each title; estimated turnaround time for the vendor's permission once a faculty member decides what films to use; turnaround time for changing the format; increase in our staff time, etc.
Has anyone offered this service to their faculty yet? Or studied the issue and would you be willing to share your results? Please reply directly to <email@example.com> unless others express an interest.
Many thanks on this gorgeous Saturday morning in Ohio!
Patricia McVay Gorrell
Media Library Manager
Instructional Media Center
The College of Wooster
1140 Beall Avenue
Wooster, OH 44691-2364
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