At the same time I want the students to be able to print it as they would need reference material, When I upload the training material as SWF file students are not able to download but it makes printing difficult as it allows printing of one screen at a time, considering that the material has more than 1000 pages - it would be a nightmare for students. Is there any way I can resolve my problem.
Tthe simple answer is that you can place your pages in a Moodle Book resource - that can be viewed in Moodle and also printed.
However, your post raised other questions for me:
- Most computers have the capability to 'print to pdf.' It is easy to install a 'PDF Printer.' So the option of printing to paper without the ability to create a digital copy is just not feasible.
- I cringe a bit at the thought of a 1,000 page document in an online course. I don't know what your course is like, so I'm reluctant to be critical. But I encourage you to think about ways, other than print, that you might use to engage students with your content. A good online course is not a repository for a lot of printed text or a textbook. Are you able to use brief video presentations (5-15 min. each), the Moodle Lesson activity, external web resources, interactive learning objects, etc.?
- If your copyrighted material is of such value that you don't want students to have an electronic copy, then why not find a means for students to purchase a printed copy? You could have copies printed at a local office supply store and sell the book to students, or you could use a service such as Lulu (http://www.lulu.com) to self-publish your book and make it available to anyone.
Anand, it is good that you are thinking of the convenience to students.
Your students can carry PDF notes with them on any device (rather than in fragile, heavy paper), and to annotate them, share them with colleagues in real time, and keep them for later reference.
It sounds like you want to make this harder. You might frustrate and alienate your students. [SWF will do that.] Smart students will quickly find a technical workaround, or find another supplier. If you help them, they may give you valuable word-of-mouth advertising for free.
If you don't want them to redistribute your notes and promote your teaching, you must convince them that it is good or in their interests to restrict their use of your valuable information.
Some practical measures in use in parts of my organisation are:
- Link to original sources (don't reproduce them)
- Watermark everything we create (so every individual page or screenshot advertises our name)
- Mention the ownership and confidentiality of each piece of information
- Don't reveal secret information to students
- Encourage respect for copyright by helping students to publish and claim ownership of information they generate
- Require students to build the training notes together, as learning and assessment activities
- Publish rather than hide, as much as we can.
- Design a learning experience that adds a lot of context, value and feeling that can't be stored in the notes.