Answered By: hal mendelsohn ucf Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 Views: 34
There are copyright issues to consider, particularly with ebooks and online access. See Copyright, Fair Use and the Education Dilemma. One of the factors in evaluating fair use is the impact of the intended use on the market or value of the copyrighted work. If the intent of the instructor providing downloaded copies to 60 students is to save them the cost of purchasing it, the economic impact on the copyright holder is the loss of 60 sales.
If we have an ebook online, the instructor can provide a link to the libraries' subscribed version so that each access of the book complies with copyright requirements. Be aware that some of the ebook versions available only allow a single simultaneous user, so please don't assign an entire large class to complete an online reading assignment in a short period of time.
Other options to consider are placing the item on course reserves.