Educational Use of Whatever Posts

I get requests on and off from teachers and professors who want to use one or another of my posts in their classrooms. So this is another one of those “I’m putting it up here to point to later” posts.

In short:

If you are an educator and want to use one of the posts here in your classroom, for the instruction of your students, you may. You have my permission to copy and to distribute the post in an amount equal to the number of students in your the class(es) that you wish to use the piece for. This includes printed, photocopied or electronic distribution. Make sure that you credit me as the author and provide a URL (for printed matter) and/or a live link (for electronic distribution) to either the original piece on the site or to the site generally (“whatever.scalzi.com” or simply “scalzi.com”).

For classroom use there is no charge for use of my posts, but if you feel the need to compensate me or if your school for some reason does not allow you to use the work without compensation, then please make a charitable donation in my name to a charity dealing with hunger or literacy issues, with preference to those in your immediate community if possible.

Bear in mind that I do retain copyright in all my work here and unless otherwise noted, my work is not covered under a Creative Commons license. If you wish to use my work in a different manner, including in textbooks or other compilations/anthologies, please contact me directly. The contact information is here.

This permission is specifically for professional educators (i.e., you are paid to teach students), in a teaching environment. If you want to use one my posts for another purpose (church newsletter, therapy session, public speaking engagement), please contact me directly.

If you are a student and want to use one of the posts here as the basis for a school project, please see this previous entry.

Bear in mind that notwithstanding the specific permissions I note above, in the United States at least there is some leeway in how you may use my work under Fair Use. The permissions above are intended to be complementary to, not exclusive of, Fair Usage law of whatever country in which you live and work.

5 thoughts on “Educational Use of Whatever Posts

  1. Thank you, sir, especially for the enlightened mention of fair use.

    As I let you know briefly over Twitter, I linked to two (possibly three? my brain is fuzzing) of your posts in a library-school syllabus this summer on changes in publishing and what they may mean for information agencies such as libraries. The syllabus in its final form can be found at http://dsalo.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/855_2syll2012.pdf .

    I will make a suitable pledge in your honor to an Unglue.it campaign.

  2. Good to know.

    Since I’m teaching two sections of Comp this semester, given some of the issues you’ve been covering cogently lately, this could come up.

  3. Even in legalese you rock the charitable on top of the charity. I totally know you are great this way but this still makes me grin inside.

  4. You have my permission to copy and to distribute the post in an amount equal to the number of students in your the class(es) that you wish to use the piece for.

    I believe what you meant to say was: You have my permission to copy and to distribute the post in an amount equal to the number of students in your the class(es) for which you wish to use the piece.

    Only kidding. To misquite Churchill apocryphally, This is the sort of English up with which I will not put!

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