Guidelines - teaching technologies

The University is committed to ensuring that staff using technology as part of their teaching activities both understand and use appropriate practices to ensure that all uses of copyright material are in compliance with the Australian Copyright Act 1968.

If used incorrectly there is a potential risk of breaching copyright.

The following guidelines provide a brief overview of how to use copyright material for educational purposes under the Copyright Act 1968. Access to any material used in this way must be restricted to FedUni staff and students and can't be made publicly available.

For more detailed information contact the Copyright Office .


If your PowerPoint slides include copies of third party copyright material (i.e. images or text excerpts) you must comply with the s.113P limits for texts and images. You must display the copyright notice at the start of the presentation.



Staff must not upload copies of copyright material onto their Moodle pages themselves. This material can only be made available to students through the Library's Course Readings. The Library will ensure that copyright limits are adhered to and all necessary information is recorded. Once the Library has placed the article or book chapter on Course Readings, students have with direct access to the item.


If you want to use an image without obtaining permission from the copyright owner (such as off the Internet) on your Moodle subject pages, you may only copy and use it if you include the copyright warning notice on the same page. The size of the notice can be changed, but it must be clearly legible. (Note that some images can be used freely without the need to rely on s.113P, such as images used under an open licence such as Creative Commons)


The University has a licence with a number of copyright collecting societies that allows the use of certain sound recordings for educational purposes. The required music licence copyright warning notice and details of the work must be shown.


For the material you are authorised to use under one of the copyright licences you should display the appropriate copyright warning notice at the start of the presentation.

Commercial DVDs/videos

You can play audio-visual material including commercial videos and DVDs (unless you have entered an agreement, such as a rental agreement, which only allows personal use) in a lecture/teaching context as long as only staff and students are present.

You cannot make a copy of a commercial video or DVD in any format without obtaining permission from the copyright owner and also mentioned previously you also cannot record the part of a lecture where a commercial DVD is shown.


Be aware that all material available on the Internet is covered by copyright in the same way as material available in physical form. If copying material off the Internet for educational purposes, you must comply with the same copying limits and requirements, including the display of notices, as required for other forms of material.


If you are unsure about whether you can copy material off the internet using one of the statutory licences, or if the permission given to you by the owner is sufficient enough, then it's best to provide students with the URL to the material.

Embedding Videos (e.g. YouTube videos)

You can embed videos in Moodle. However, you must not embed material on the internet that knowingly infringes copyright such as video content on unauthorised video sharing sites.