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Baruch and Kognito Solutions Release Free Interactive Web-Based Guide to Assist
Faculty in Use of Copyrighted Materials

An image of the new Web-based copyright guide for Baruch faculty
Baruch's new interactive copyright guide follows the structure of a subway map.

Image courtesy of Kognito Solutions

New York, NY--Baruch College/CUNY and Kognito Solutions LLC recently announced the release of a free interactive guide to help university and college faculty determine the appropriate copyright guidelines they must follow when using different types of copyrighted media in their courses.

Structured as a subway map, the interactive guide asks faculty a series of questions related to the nature of the copyrighted works they want to use and the methods in which they plan to use them. As each question is answered, the faculty progress through the virtual subway system, learning important copyright rules that apply to their specific situations. At the final stop, faculty are provided with a list of guidelines for using the copyrighted media.

This guide is a valuable tool that enables faculty to obtain useful, practical advice on copyright issues they may face without confronting the daunting complexities of the copyright law itself, said John Dugan, legal counsel for Baruch College.

While U.S. copyright law has traditionally given special dispensation to teachers displaying and performing copyrighted media in the course of face-to-face teaching, copyright compliancy has become an increasingly complicated legal issue as more and more media are delivered to students online.

Baruch's Assistant Vice President for Technology Arthur Downing, who initiated the project, said, We are responding to the needs of academic institutions for a tool that will help and encourage faculty to use media in their courses. This is especially crucial since higher education is increasingly utilizing technology and online delivery components to augment classroom interaction.

Downing also noted that, while the new learning resource is based on Baruch College and The City University of New York copyright guidelines, these guidelines are common to many academic institutions and thus applicable for universities across the nation. He further emphasized the need to continuously enhance this resource with the help of the educational community.

As Baruch alumni, it was great for our company to work together with the college on a project where we applied our learning and development expertise to benefit its faculty and the broader educational community, said Kognito's Director of Business Development Ron Goldman.

This interactive guide is available for free at:


About Kognito Solutions

Kognito Solutions LLC applies the latest empirically-based research in cognitive and behavioral theory to help organizations achieve their learning and training goals in effective and measurable ways. Comprised of learning experts with academic credentials in learning and communication, Kognito develops interactive simulations, courses, and in-depth case-study formats utilizing a learner-centered experiential (learn-by-doing) approach that maximizes learning performance and retention rates. Clients include Fortune Global 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, and leading academic institutions.


Contact:    Zane Berzins
News Manager, Baruch College
(212) 802-2881

Ron Goldman (Kognito)
(212) 675-9234

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