Can I Sell My Courses On CourseCard?

As a general rule, public colleges and universities must abide by the doctrine of Academic Freedom, which asserts the right of an educator to adopt whichever works they see fit, so as to effectively convey the information they are teaching. Furthermore, per the “Teacher exception” within “Work for Hire” copyright law (United States Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 101), it has been established that any works an educator may produce during the course of their employment is considered to be their own, unless explicitly stated otherwise in their employment contract, or their employing institution is deemed to have contributed “extraordinary resources” to the production of said works.

CourseCard (as well as the majority of the academic community – see below) believes that it is this right of educators to exercise this Academic Freedom in their sole discretion, as well as retain ownership of the works they produce. However, the interpretation of what is deemed acceptable varies from school to school and discipline to discipline. As such, it is ultimately your responsibility to know the stipulations of your contract.

See for yourself what those in the academic community have been saying regarding the ownership and sale of educator-created course works:


“[The] NEA [National Education Association] believes that staff should own the copyright to the materials they create for use in the classroom”

“2. Generally, faculty scholarly work is not considered work-for-hire. “[I]t has been the prevailing academic practice to treat the faculty member as the copyright owner of works that are created independently and at the faculty member’s own initiative for traditional academic purposes.” Statement on Copyright, AAUP Policy Documents & Reports 182 (9th ed. 2001). … d) AAUP policy holds that for faculty work to be work-for-hire, it requires use of extra-ordinary resources; use of traditional resources “such as office space, supplies, library facilities, ordinary access to computer and networks, and money,” are not sufficient to make faculty work into work-for-hire. See, Statement on Copyright, AAUP Policy Documents & Reports 182 (9th ed. 2001).” –

“As ‘works made for hire’ are defined under Section 101 of the Copyright Act of 1976, works created by an employee within the scope of his or her employment are owned by the employer.  The college does not intend for this ‘works made for hire’ doctrine to apply to faculty-created works unless extraordinary resources of the college are used in the creation of a work. Therefore, faculty members will own the copyrights in works that result from a faculty member’s pursuit of traditional teaching, research and scholarly activities, including the creation of books, articles and other literary works; computer software; inventions; artistic, musical or dramatic works; or course materials, whether in traditional or electronic form, unless extraordinary resources of the college were used in the creation of the work.  With regard to any particular creative work, the college and the faculty member may mutually agree on an alternative ownership arrangement. … ‘Extraordinary resources’ may consist of released time from regularly assigned duties (but not a sabbatical or similar leave); direct investment by the college through funds or staff; the college’s purchase of special equipment for the project; use of the college’s multimedia production personnel and facilities; or extraordinary use of the college’s computing resources. Use of incidental supplies, use of a college computer in a faculty office, or use of college personnel or shared facilities on an occasional basis will not be considered use of extraordinary resources.”-


By default, CourseCard will show names of teachers on course descriptions. If you don’t want this, uncheck the role in Administration > Site Administration > Appearance > Course contacts.

By default, CourseCard will only show names of teachers on course descriptions. If you want to add other roles, check the role in Administration > Site Administration > Appearance > Course contacts.

Categories which have fewer than ten courses will show the full summary but those with more will only show the information icon. If you want them all to show the full summary then change the value of the Courses with summaries limit (courseswithsummarieslimit) setting in Site Administration > Appearance > Courses.

  • Make sure you are not trying to upload to the course summary files area in the ‘Edit settings’ area of course administration.
  • This upload area is only for files describing the course and by default only image files are allowed (so that a screenshot may be displayed next to the summary).
  • If you wish to upload files into your course, make sure you are first on the main course page itself, not in the settings of the course.

From Site administration>Users>Permissions>Define roles, edit the teacher role and untick “allow” on the capability of the module you wish them not to add – for example mod/workshop:addinstance

The ‘Add an activity or resource’ link to the activity chooser can be turned on or off via a link in the administration block. The link only appears when editing is turned on in the course.

If you restored a course with user data but set the enrolment date for the present time, then logs, forum posts and so on will still be set at the same time distance from the start of the course. So if your original course began in 2010 and participants posted in a forum in 2012, then if you restore your course to begin in 2014, all those posts will have a date of 2016 on them. See MDL-44961

You can find a list of resources (ie static pages and folders etc) here:   where x is the course ID number.

If you wish to see the list of activities such as quizzes, then use a URL such as this    where x is the course ID number.
Change the activity name according to the activity you need to see listed.

Try this using the course shortname: URL (coursecard)/course/view.php?name=shortname to navigate directly to a course.

Check out the tracker item for clean URLs: MDL-28030

For standard course formats only: If you change from Topics to Weekly or Weekly to Topics, then the only real difference will be in the titles of the sections. If you change to Social format then you will just have a forum and if you still want access to your other activities you need to add the “Social activities block”. If you change to the Single activity format you will only see the activity you chose to display, and your other activities will be hidden from students but available to you in a greyed out section. If you then revert back from Single activity to Topics or Weekly format you will need to un-hide those sections.

See the Tips and tricks section of Course homepage for a method allowing you to avoid scrolling issues when moving an activity or resource in a busy course.

Editing Icons Key

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