Disabling and/or Limiting Content Downloads

Some institutions do not want to allow users, students in particular, to download class-published content, or content that has been shared. The Class Content Download capability (along with it's sub-download features) is enabled for all institutions by default, but can be disabled at the section level by an Instructor, or across the institution, organization, or department by an Administrator.  

Shared Content Downloads are either enabled or disabled for the institution as a whole and cannot be changed at lower levels.

Once disabled, users cannot download content from the Class List page. Content owners can always download content they own.

If Class Content downloads are enabled, you have the following additional restriction options:

Content downloads toggle with audio-only toggle for steps as described

These selections do not affect what items a user can download from their Library (content they own). As such, you may want to review your Create Copy settings for both Instructors and Students, to be sure users cannot bypass video download limitations by creating their own copy of class published content.

To disable downloads of class-published content across the institution

  1. Log in as an administrator.
  2. Click the Settings icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. From the Settings menu, select Institution Settings.
    The Institution appears at the top of the list and is selected by default.
  4. Navigate to the organization or department you want to set the default for, or remain on the Institution in the left panel.
  5. On the right side of the Institution Settings page, click Section Features.
  6. Scroll down to the Content Downloads section of the page, as shown in the above figure.
  7. Enable/disable the Class content downloads toggle switch (it is enabled by default).
  8. Check or uncheck the Allow override checkbox to determine whether this toggle setting can be changed at any of the lower levels.
  9. Enable or Disable the Audio only and Out of term downloads toggles as is appropriate to your institution.
  10. Check or uncheck the Allow override checkboxes for the sub-toggles as appropriate.
  11. Click Yes on the confirmation message that appears.

Download functionality is now set for class-published content. This has no effect on content residing in the user's Library page.

NOTE: If disabled at the institution/organization/department level (and overrides are not allowed), instructors can still see the download toggle on the section Settings page, but it is dimmed, meaning they cannot change the setting.