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Moving Beyond the Classroom: Using TEACH ACT Checklist to Facilitate Streaming for Distance Education (DE)

The TEACH Act “redefines the terms and conditions on which accredited, nonprofit educational institutions throughout the U.S. may use copyright protected materials in distance education including on websites and by other digital means without permission from the copyright owner and payment of royalties” (Crews, 2002). In order for us to use and digitize copyrighted materials for distance education, we are using the TEACH Act requirements checklist. In this update, I would like to highlight our successful journey in establishing a streaming server for DE using Kaltura and share some statistics.

Over the last two years, ATRC participated in cross-departmental meetings with different entities within our college including the Library, DRC, IS, and PCTV researching methods that will better support our streaming service’s needs.  We started with our Copyrights policy that protects our media request process.  The new process allows us to be in compliance with the TEACH Act. We chose the Kaltura Platform (SaaS) due to its high-quality video and Dynamic Streaming capability. This new streaming server allows us to support all the needs including mobile devices. Local students with fast connections can watch in HD and students in remote areas with lower bandwidth can watch at lower bitrates, yet everyone can have a seamless viewing experience. The smooth streaming allows everyone—students and faculty—to seamlessly play back content using standard video player software.

The successful implementation of the new system is the result of a collaboration with the Library and DRC. This implementation allows the faculty to submit their media requests to ATRC Helpdesk that will be handled by the three Palomar Departments. The Library vets the media request, ATRC digitizes the media, DRC handles the closed captioning, and at the end, faculty allows students access from within the LMS.

Within the last few months, 481 media entries were played 13,374 times for more than 5343 hours. This new service allows the students to access from very diverse geographical areas within the USA and overseas as shown in the tables underneath.


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Crews, K. (2002). Copyright Law for Distance Education: The Meaning and Importance of the TEACH Act. (Accessed October 10, 2016).


Use of Copyrighted Material

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Usage of Images and other copyrighted material on websites is subject to Palomar College’s copyright policy and the US Copyright Office’s Title 17. In addition, the following Palomar board policies contain institutional specifics: BP 3710 Securing of Copyright; BP 3715 Intellectual Property; and BP 3720 Computer and Network Use. That said, before using an image or other material that complies with Palomar College’s Access and Use Guidelines, the user should ask: Continue reading “Use of Copyrighted Material”

Expanded WordPress Menu Skills


This follow-up to “Menu Editing Basics in WordPress” aims to add to your WordPress menu editing skills. Learn how to create three additional menu types in this video tutorial: the expanding menu item, the link to a PDF in the media library, and a link that displays posts from a particular category.

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Menu Editing Basics in WordPress


Have you ever wondered how to insert a page in the menu in WordPress? Whether you’re new to WordPress or just need a quick refresher in basic menu editing, keep reading. In this brief step-by-step tutorial, Kelly demonstrates how to locate the menu editing area, add a page to the menu, and organize the link structure.

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RGB-HEX-CMYK: Color Modes Primer

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Why the Letters and Numbers? Have you ever wondered what the acronyms RGB, CMYK, and HEX stand for? Why these color models exist? And, what do those numbers mean? Likely the answer is, “not really.” But when it comes to preparing images for display or reproduction, a basic awareness of the differences can save time and frustration […]

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Branding: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

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According to Ghodeswar and Lane “A brand is defined as a toolbox of marketing and communication methods that help to distinguish a company from competitors and create a lasting impression in the minds of customers. The key components that form a brand’s toolbox include a brand’s identity, brand communication, brand awareness, brand loyalty and various branding […]

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Basic PowerPoint Animation Basics

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A PowerPoint slide-deck is a speaker’s aid, used as a backdrop to the presenter, and as such should not often be the focus of audience attention. (After all, if you’re at a Broadway show and your focus is on the flats, I’d guess it is not a very compelling play.) But at times it is important to focus the eyes of your audience on the slide, or even on a particular portion of the slide. That’s when it is time for an Animation. Continue reading “Basic PowerPoint Animation Basics”