Here are some points to keep in mind, whether you are putting your syllabus together before the semester begins or adding materials mid-course.
Your liaison librarian can help identify possible resources, ensure the library has the right type of subscription access for your number of students, and help you identify the best way to share the resource with your class.
Linking to publicly available online content like news websites, existing online videos, etc. is usually the easiest way to provide access to your students, plus linking to content (rather than copying/duplicating content) is rarely a copyright issue.
Linking to subscription content through the Libraries is also a great option - a lot of our subscription content will have DOIs, persistent URLs, or other "permalink" options, all of which should work even for off-campus users. If you want to assign a library item, please let us know by submitting this form so we can verify access and minimize potential issues.
Making copies of new materials for students (by downloading and uploading files, or by scanning from physical documents) can present some copyright issues, but they're not different from those involved in deciding whether to share something online with your students when you are meeting in-person. It's better not to make copies of entire works - but most instructors don't do that! Copying portions of works to share with students will often be fair use, and at times (especially in unusual circumstances, or with works that aren't otherwise commercially available) it may even be fair use to make lengthier copies.
Where an instructor doesn't feel comfortable relying on fair use, your liaison librarian may be able to suggest alternative content that is already online through library subscriptions or publicly online content. The Affordable Learning guide links to many discipline-specific collections of educational resources that are openly licensed, and thus available for distributing to students.
Interlibrary loan can scan and deliver articles and book chapters (within Copyright) from Addlestone or the Marine Resources Library and send them to you electronically if you request the item through Illiad (your interlibrary loan account). Please allow at least 2 business days for delivery of your items.
Showing an entire movie or film or musical work online may be a bit more of an issue than playing it in class - but there may be options for your students to access it independently online. College Libraries already subscribes to several video streaming services, including Kanopy, Films on Demand, and Academic Video Online, which you are welcome to use in your online course by linking to a video.
Contact your liaison librarian or Collection Development to discuss options for films you are unable to find online or in library streaming services.
This information on making course materials available electronically is adapted from Rapidly shifting a course online by University of Minnesota Libraries, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.