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Selling eLearning Modules

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Hello again All.

I seem to find myself here a lot recently. But you guys are so helpful!

I've been looking into the possibility of selling some eLearning modules to create some extra revenue. If i've used an "off the shelf" authoring tool, will I end up breaking any copyright laws etc?

Does anyone have any experience with this?

Cheers

James

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By wfinn30
27th Mar 2017 12:19

Hi
I don't see how the use of an authoring tool like storyline or captivate would cause any copyright issues - they are designed to develop content!

Where you could need to be careful is around including copyrighted content, graphics, audio etc.

Best of luck!

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By clive boorman
27th Mar 2017 14:31

Hi James, if the tool is available in the public domain you should be ok. You just need to read the terms and conditions that you agreed to when you signed up to use it regarding their intellectual copyright. If the content itself contains models/theories/ideas that have been devised by other people, you need to check if they are happy for you to use them.
The big thing you need to think about is how people will access the e-learning. Will you host it or will the purchasers host it. If you are expecting the purchasers to host it, then you need to be aware of which systems support it and which don't. If you create it to support Internet Explorer 9, for example, and the purchaser only has IE 7, that will cause them a problem so you really need to be up on the tech side of it. You also need to check if people need a flash player if it contains video content etc.
Hope that helps.

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By clive boorman
27th Mar 2017 14:31

Hi James, if the tool is available in the public domain you should be ok. You just need to read the terms and conditions that you agreed to when you signed up to use it regarding their intellectual copyright. If the content itself contains models/theories/ideas that have been devised by other people, you need to check if they are happy for you to use them.
The big thing you need to think about is how people will access the e-learning. Will you host it or will the purchasers host it. If you are expecting the purchasers to host it, then you need to be aware of which systems support it and which don't. If you create it to support Internet Explorer 9, for example, and the purchaser only has IE 7, that will cause them a problem so you really need to be up on the tech side of it. You also need to check if people need a flash player if it contains video content etc.
Hope that helps.

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