I have publisher content that I want the students to see, but they shouldn't be able to download it.
Hi Beth. I couldn't find a way to prevent the option for students to download a PowerPoint file from appearing so checked previous ideas and found the following with some interesting discussion on preventing file downloads.
Make a file read-only but Not Downloadable in Canvas
The response from Instructure suggests that this feature likely will not be developed. While several years old, I could not find any indication that this has changed.
Do you know if the publisher has provided slides that students can download? Often these are available and if so it may be that there is a version you can place in the class without concern. It may be worth asking your institution's representative from the publisher if something like this is available as they may have planned for situations like you are facing.
Thanks so much for your response Eric! I didn't find anything that looked
like it would work, and that makes sense because a student could screenshot
I have an accounting instructor that wanted to know, so I was checking for
her. I think she's concerned about copyright. I'll pass on your suggestions.
Southern Union State Community College
1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334.745.6437 Ext. 5378
No problem Beth! It just occurred to me that institutions normally have a copyright officer who can provide suggestions on use of various materials in class. Often this is someone in the library. This may be another resource for your instructor as they may have ideas on possible solutions. Hopefully your instructor will get some good news and find an easy way forward.
Have a great Wednesday as well!
My colleague found this page. It has more information on ways to restrict
downloads. It still won't prevent screenshots.
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