Learn@UW - Student Downloading and Course Materials (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

Students can download any file you post to your course website. While there is no way to prevent students from downloading content files that you have uploaded to D2L and made accessible, you can be thoughtful in how you make your content available to students.

There are any number of reasons why an instructor may want students to access but not download various course content; anything ranging from wanting them to take notes to worries about copyrighted material.  Seeking to restrict student's ability to download certain content can be a time consuming and ultimately unsuccessful venture.  In our digital age whatever appears on a computer screen cannot be protected from copying, downloading or other forms of unsanctioned use. 

With this in mind there are ways to deliver course content that decreases the chance of unsanctioned use.  An instructor can, for instance, project information or content from a laptop or thumb drive during lecture instead of posting it on the website.  (Though even in this case, students could still potentially take pictures of the content).  An instructor can upload documents to their course website and attach release conditions to the documents to ensure that student's cannot access or download the documents until completing a selected action (More information on release conditions Here)  An instructor can also hide content from students using the "draft" feature of D2L (More information on hiding content Here)  However, once an instructor has made a document available to students, the students will be able to download that document.  The only way to guarantee students cannot download a document is to not upload it to the course website, or not make it available to students on the course website.

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Created:2014-03-11 12:04 CDTUpdated:2017-12-04 12:29 CDT
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