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How can I prevent students from sharing videos outside of class?

Just like in a f2f (face-to-face) classroom, we can’t entirely prevent students from sharing course materials. However, we can make it harder for students to share, and we can also talk to them about why sharing is inappropriate. Kaltura Media allows faculty to upload videos to their courses that are not easily downloadable by students. So, using Kaltura for videos can help prevent sharing. More importantly, talking about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and intellectual property rights and their implications for course materials is also an effective tool. (See the question about privacy and media releases for more detail regarding FERPA and intellectual property.) Explain to students what you want them to do and why it matters that everyone is on the same team. Instructors can also reference this CFT guide on Syllabus Design for sample language on academic integrity and copyright.